Super PAC reserves $1 million in TV ad time for Faso

A Super PAC aligned with House Republican leaders announced this week it had reserved $1 million in TV air time for this fall for commercials to support Rep. John Faso, a swing-district freshman who has seven Democrats vying in a primary this month to challenge him.

Faso is one of 10 Republican incumbents for which the Congressional Leadership Fund said it had bought air time. It has so far announced $60 million in planned spending on TV and internet ads.

“Thanks to Speaker Paul Ryan and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s leadership in Congress, CLF continues to break fundraising records, allowing us to be more aggressive in adding new races and increasing our previous buys,” said Corry Bliss, executive director of the Super PAC said in a press release on Monday. “These efforts ensure that CLF will have the resources needed to prevent Republican members of Congress from being outspent this fall.”

Several Democrats competing in the June 26 primary in New York’s 19th Congressional District has been raising large sums for political newcomers. Antonio Delgado and Pat Ryan both outraised Faso in the second two quarters of 2017, and Delgado had more money in his coffers than Faso as of March 31. Ryan and Brian Flynn were only slightly behind Faso in cash on hand.

The primary candidates are due to file their latest fundraising reports on Thursday.

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