WASHINGTON — A conservative advocacy group closely aligned with Speaker John Boehner will launch a new ad campaign targeting independents and conservatives Wednesday that backs the House leadership's budget.
The $500,000 ad buy by the American Action Network, a 501c4 group, will run on Fox News over the next 10 days is designed to run at the same time that Congress begins consideration of the budget and ostensibly is aimed at creating a contrast between Republicans' budget and President Obama's.
"The Obama budget and House Republican budget are a study in contrasts," American Action Network President Mike Shields said, adding "The House Republican budget balances in 10 years, repeals Obamacare and is the right prescription for America's economy. Americans should let Congress know loud and clear that the House Republican budget is the right path to prosperity."
But the ad is also designed to appeal to conservative voters, particularly in districts in which Republicans could face primary challenges from the right.
Over the last several years a variety of conservative factions within Boehner's caucus have proposed their own, more austere budgets, muddling Republicans' message and giving Democrats political cover.
Although the ad doesn't mention groups like the Republican Study Committee, it does make clear that the official GOP budget hits popular conservative benchmarks, particularly the full repeal of Obamacare.
John Stanton is a national reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New Orleans. In 2014, Stanton was a recipient of the National Press Foundation’s 2014 Dirksen Award for distinguished reporting of Congress.
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