House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is outwardly confident in her control of the House, but her leadership stands on shaky grounds — and GOP strategists reportedly plan to take full advantage of that fact.
Fox News reported on Monday that a pro-GOP political action committee is planning a 2022 blitz on 15 vulnerable House Democrats in an attempt to defeat Pelosi’s latest power grab — a massive election overhaul bill.
The American Action Network (AAN) is set to unveil a new ad campaign this week that targets the “corrupt liberal campaign finance bill.”
Fox reported that “the ads, shared first with Fox News, will be seen in House districts with Democrats who are potentially vulnerable in next year’s midterm elections, when Republicans hope to win back the majority in the chamber they lost in the 2018 midterm elections.”
The AAN ads focus on Democrat-led legislation known as the “For the People Act of 2021” which aims to “clean up corruption in politics.”
GOP leaders say the legislation will actually lead to a federal government takeover of elections processes, contributing to even more corruption and fraud than in 2020.
The ANN ad points out that one of the provisions of the legislation will give members of Congress up to $5 million in taxpayer dollars each to fund their own personal re-election campaigns.
Calling out Democrats
According to Fox, the ads will first start airing in the districts currently held by Democratic Reps. Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01), Stephanie Murray (FL-07), Carolyn Boudreaux (GA-07), Cindy Axne (IA-03), John Sarbanes (MD-03), Jared Golden (ME-02), Chris Pappas (NH-01), Tom Malinowski (NJ-07), Susan Wild (PA-07), Matt Cartwright (PA-08), Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07), Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15), Colin Allred (TX-32), Elaine Luria (VA-02) and Ron Kind (WI-03).
36 additional House Democrats will also reportedly be targeted by the ad blitz that hopes to both defeat the election reform legislation and convince voters to vote red in the next election.
“This bill is nothing more than a shameful attempt to shovel public funds to the campaign coffers of corrupt Washington liberals,” AAN President Dan Conston told Fox News. “Especially in a time of unparalleled health and economic crisis, public funds should be used to help end the suffering of this pandemic – not to help Washington politicians get re-elected.”
The bill includes a push for D.C. statehood — a blatant grab for two additional Democrat Senate seats — as well as increased federal oversight and interference in nationwide elections processes.
House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) decried the bill over the weekend, explaining that it facilitates a federal government takeover of elections. “We could lose our freedom,” McCarthy lamented.