The next election is well over a year away, but the center-right American Action Network is spending $18,400 in a radio advertising campaign thanking Rep. David Valadao, a Hanford Republican, for his votes on the budget and bipartisan Medicare legislation.
Ads supporting Valadao are part of a $1.8 million national campaign by the American Action Network. The 501(c)(3) nonprofit is running similar radio ads in three other districts, and is also sending mail pieces and digital and television ads. Republican Reps. Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield and Jeff Denham of Turlock are being supported by mail pieces and digital ads. The Valadao ads will run for a week in the 21st Congressional District.
American Action Network said the ads thanked Valadao for “voting to balance the budget, protect Medicare for seniors, and replace Medicare’s failed Sustainable Growth Rate payment system.”
“Americans ready for leadership in Washington can look no further than Congressman David Valadao, who voted to balance the budget, strengthen Medicare for seniors, and fix the (Sustainable Growth Rate) mess once and for all,” American Action Network President Mike Shields said in a statement. “We want constituents to know that their Member of Congress demonstrated real leadership here. We hope constituents call their Member of Congress and thank them for their role in passing conservative solutions.”
The advocacy campaign is thanking 76 members in all. But they’ve also angered some conservative organizations who say big business is trying to target conservative Republicans in Congress with the ads. There was pressure on members of Congress in the ad campaign from conservative Republicans opposed to the legislation.
Valadao’s radio ad can be heard here.