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FIRST ON FOX – As the national average cost of unleaded gasoline tops $5 a gallon and heads even higher, a leading conservative advocacy group that supports Republican causes is launching a summer campaign highlighting soaring gasoline prices. gasoline and soaring inflation.
The new American Action Network (AAN) ads, first shared with Fox News on Thursday, will lead the districts of nearly a dozen House Democrats.
Some spots will urge lawmakers to stop continued pressure from President Biden and Democratic leaders in Congress to pass a lean but still very significant new government spending plan. For nearly a year, Republicans have blamed the worst inflation in decades on the massive coronavirus pandemic spending package passed last year by Democratic majorities in Congress and signed into law by the president. Other ads will urge Congress to expand home power generation to address record gas prices.
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AAN says it will spend more than $4 million to run the new TV and digital ads.
“She was warned that big government spending could overheat the economy, but Angie Craig didn’t listen,” said the narrator of the ad broadcast in Rep. Angie Craig of Minnesota (MN-02). “You pay more for groceries. You pay more for gas. Because Angie Craig didn’t listen.”
The spot ends with the narrator urging viewers to “call Congresswoman Craig and tell her to stop supporting Biden’s big spending plan.”
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In another location, in Rep. Sharice Davids’ District of Kansas (KS-03), the announcer highlights soaring gas prices and says the President “attacked America’s energy production. Pipelines stopped . Paralyzed exploration”.
“Tell Congresswoman Sharice Davids to help open up US energy production and lower the price of gas,” the announcer said.
The ads will also run in the districts of nine other House Democrats, some of whom face tough re-elections in November as Republicans aim to regain the majority in the chamber they lost in the 2018 cycle.
The lawmakers are Rep. Greg Stanton of Arizona (AZ-09), Mike Levin of California (CA-49), Jahana Hayes of Connecticut (CT-05), Jared Golden of Maine (ME-02), Dan Kildee of Michigan (MI-05), Kim Schrier of Washington State (WA-08), Scott Peters of California (CA-52), Richard Neal of Massachusetts (MA-01), and Frank Pallone of New Jersey (NJ-06 ).
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Two-thirds of respondents in a new national Fox News poll released Wednesday said gas prices were a “major problem” for their families, with more than half adding that grocery store prices were also a “problem major”.
The AAN is the nonprofit sister organization of the Congressional Leadership Fund (CLF), which is aligned with House Minority Leader Representative Kevin McCarthy and is the top super PAC supporting Republicans in the Bedroom.
The release of the new ads comes a day after the Republican National Congressional Committee targeted a dozen House Democrats it considers “vulnerable” with new digital ads highlighting the relentless rise in prices at the pump.
As the NRCC continues to blame Democrats for soaring gas prices, the rival Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee continues to point the finger at House Republicans.
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“The Democratic Party is the only party in Washington that fights to solve problems and make meaningful changes in people’s lives. Democrats’ priority is cutting costs for working families, while Republicans’ priority is to gain power by playing politics and siding with wealthy corporations,” DCCC spokesman Chris Taylor said last month.