Feb 28, 2021 - Politics & Policy

DCCC ad campaign takes aim at Republicans who voted against relief package

A screenshot of the DCCC ad campaign against Republicans who voted against the stimulus bill
Screen shot: DCCCVideo/via YouTube

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee will release 10 new digital ads targeting vulnerable Republicans who voted against President Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID relief package.

Why it matters: The ad buy is small, but a larger sign that Democrats think hitting Republicans on COVID relief is a winning message in swing congressional districts, especially as polling shows broad public support for the bill including among the GOP.

Congress passed the relief package around 2am Saturday morning mostly along party lines with two Democrats voting against the bill with Republicans.

  • The DCCC targeted Republicans David Valadao (Calif.), Mike Garcia (Calif.), Young Kim (Calif.), Michelle Steel (Calif.), Lauren Boebert (Colo.), Don Bacon (Neb.), Beth Van Duyne (Texas), Maria Elvira Salazar (Fla.), Brian Fitzpatrick (Pa.), and John Katko (N.Y.).
  • Biden won 9 of the 10 districts the DCCC is targeting in the ad campaign. Former President Trump bested Biden in Boebert's district.

The other side: Republicans argued they wanted a more targeted relief package without the $15 minimum wage hike of which the Senate parliamentarian ruled could not be added into the relief package.

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