House Republican Super-PAC Airs First Ad in Boehner’s Ohio

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President Barack Obama, accompanied by, from second from left, Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, Rep. Betty Sutton, D-Ohio, and Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, waves as they step off Air Force One in Cleveland.

A super-political action committee with ties to House Speaker John Boehner is going to his home state of Ohio for its first television ad of the general election campaign.

The spot from Congressional Leadership Fund, which is defending the House Republican majority and is backed by billionaire casino executive Sheldon Adelson and Houston homebuilder Bob Perry, attacks three-term Democratic Representative Betty Sutton for backing Obama administration initiatives including the health-care overhaul, an economic stimulus measure and a cap-and-trade program to limit carbon emissions. Republicans won a House majority in 2010 partly by attacking Democrats on those issues.

Congressional Leadership Fund’s ad also links Sutton to Nancy Pelosi, the California Democrat who would be in line to reclaim the speakership she lost in 2010, if Democrats make a net gain of 25 seats on Nov. 6.

“Betty Sutton: in Washington she works for Pelosi, not Ohio,” a narrator says in the ad, which first ran this morning in the Cleveland market, according to New York-based Kantar Media’s CMAG, which tracks advertising.

Sutton and one-term Republican Representative Jim Renacci are seeking Ohio’s 16th District, a politically competitive area that takes in parts of metropolitan Cleveland and Akron. The two incumbents are running against each other after redistricting in Ohio changed congressional lines to reflect the slow-growing state’s loss of two of its 18 House seats in the post-census reapportionment.

“Hardworking voters won’t be fooled by another desperate, misleading attempt by millionaires like Sheldon Adelson and Bob Perry to protect millionaire tax-cheat Congressman Jim Renacci,” Anthony DeAngelo, the communications director for Sutton’s campaign, said in an e-mail. “From voting in Washington to pay for tax breaks for millionaires like himself, to voting to end Medicare as we know it, millionaire tax-cheat Congressman Renacci has made clear he’s not on the side of middle-class Ohioans.”

Renacci says in a campaign ad that he ran for Congress in 2010 because “big government is running the economy” and “it’s not working for Ohio.”

Ohio, a swing state in the presidential election, also is the home state of Boehner, who was a host of a fundraising reception for the Congressional Leadership Fund last November.

Congressional Leadership Fund raised more than $6.5 million this election cycle through June, including $5 million from Adelson and his wife Miriam, according to the Federal Election Commission. They’ve donated tens of millions of dollars to Republican groups this election cycle. Perry, another prominent Republican donor, gave $1 million to Congressional Leadership Fund in April.

The super-PAC, which formed last year and is led by former Minnesota Senator Norm Coleman, had $6.3 million left to spend as July began.

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