Super-PAC Shifts Focus to Illinois U.S. House Race from Missouri

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Rep. Joe Walsh, right, with Rep. Scott Rigell during a news conference to announce the formation of the 'Fix Congress Now Caucus' on Capitol Hill.

A super-political action committee that was active in a U.S. Senate race in Missouri now is working to re-elect a vulnerable Republican congressman in Illinois.

Now or Never PAC is spending at least $810,150 on media advertising to aid Joe Walsh, a freshman House member from suburban Chicago, the PAC said in a filing to the Federal Election Commission today.

Walsh is “a different kind of congressman” partly because he refused the congressional health-care and pension plans and has promised to serve no more than six years in Congress, a narrator says in the ad.

Democrats are working to make Walsh’s first term his last. He faces a difficult re-election campaign against Tammy Duckworth, an Iraq War veteran and former Veterans Affairs Department official, in a district that absorbed more Democrats in redistricting. The Cook Political Report rates the Walsh-Duckworth race as Likely Democratic.

Now or Never PAC previously backed the Missouri U.S. Senate candidacy of Sarah Steelman, a former state treasurer who placed third in an August Republican primary won by Representative Todd Akin.

The PAC had $450,636 in the bank as of July 18, the most recent date for which fundraising data are available, so it received an injection of funds in the past two months to cover the cost of the pro-Walsh ads. Super-PACs, which work independently to elect or oppose candidates, are permitted to accept donations in unlimited amounts.

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