CLEVELAND, Ohio — How badly do Republicans want to win the 16th District of Ohio?
A conservative super PAC this week poured more than $1 million into the district to pay for two weeks of television ads to boost the campaign of Rep. Jim Renacci (R-Ohio) and attack his opponent Rep. Betty Sutton (D-Ohio) to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), a familiar villain in GOP ads.
The Sunlight Foundation this week reported that $3.8 million is being spent on ads in Ohio’s competitive House races. In the 16th District, 10 groups have spent more than $2 million total, with most of the money spent by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), the House Majority PAC and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee to help Sutton.
Here’s a sampling of the ads:
The House Majority PAC, working to elect Democratic candidates, alleges that Renacci held oil company stocks when he voted to give the firms large tax breaks:
The DCCC has aired an ad starring a Cleveland-area woman who charged Renacci with voting against federal funding for cervical cancer and breast cancer research:
Renacci claimed the ad was false and filed a formal complaint with the Ohio Board of Elections, but the panel split on whether to pursue the complaint and dismissed the matter. In response, Renacci is airing this ad in heavy rotation across the district:
Sutton is not currently airing ads in the district, but she faces plenty of attacks from outside groups. The CLF is airing this ad and another message highlighting Sutton’s reliable Democratic voting record: