U.S. Chamber of Commerce goes on air in multi-state buy

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May 9, 2012

By MAGGIE HABERMAN | Politico

The AP reports:

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is launching ads in Florida, Missouri, Hawaii and Ohio as Democrats struggle to hold Senate seats and their slim majority. The Republican-friendly lobbying group is also targeting 17 House races from New York to Minnesota.

The ads, hitting Democratic incumbents over votes for President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul and backing his energy policies, will begin airing Wednesday and Thursday and run for 10 days to two weeks, part of a multimillion-dollar buy six months before the election. The ads in House races will focus on contests in New York, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Rhode Island, Florida and Georgia.

The entry into markets in Democratic-leaning New York, Rhode Island and Hawaii represents a significant commitment from the GOP-allied chamber as Republicans try to capture control of the Senate and hold onto their majority in the House.

“We’re going to play in every corner of this country,” Rob Engstrom, the national political director for the chamber, said Tuesday in an interview.

A media-buying source tells me the markets where time has been bought include South Bend, Indiaia, as well as buys in Rochester, Buffalo, Albany, Utica, New York City, Mobile, Ala., Tallahasse, Augusta,La Crosse, Columbus and Toledo.

A Chamber spokesman didn’t respond to an email for comment.

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