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American Future Fund targeting 13 Congressional races
Des Moines-based conservative nonprofit the American Future Fund is spending big in tight Congressional races around the country in the hopes of tipping the balance to the Republican.
The group says it’s spending $4 million in 13 districts, including spending $500,000 against Mark Schauer in Michigan, $325,000 against Mike Oliverio in West Virginia and $250,000 against Martin Heinrich in New Mexico. All the ads are identical and spend more time attacking Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi for the federal stimulus and health care reform legislation.
American Future Fund is made up of numerous state and national Republicans, most of which have ties to Terry Branstad’s gubernatorial campaign and Mitt Romney’s 2008 Iowa Caucus campaign. As a 501(c)4 nonprofit, it does not have to disclose its donors. Following a recent round of attacks against him, U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley, R-Waterloo, called on his GOP opponent, Ben Lange, to return a $5,000 donation from the group’s political action committee. He also suggested the donation could be a violation of campaign finance law.
From the Waterloo Courier:
In a timeline Friday, Braley’s campaign said the initial American Future Fund TV ad was launched one day after Lange’s campaign criticized the Democrat’s comments on the issue. It also noted the American Future Fund’s radio ad began airing the same day as the PAC’s endorsement was announced
Braley’s campaign said the similarities in tone and timing between American Future Fund’s attacks and Lange’s have been “suspiciously similar.”