#5in5: Ad watch: Betty Sutton vs. Jim Renacci

CLEVELAND, Ohio — How badly do Republicans want to win the 16th District of Ohio?


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:

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Ed O’Keefe is covering the 2016 presidential campaign, with a focus on Jeb Bush and other Republican candidates. He's covered presidential and congressional politics since 2008. Off the trail, he's covered Capitol Hill, federal agencies and the federal workforce, and spent a brief time covering the war in Iraq.

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