- American Action Network
- campaign finance reform
- CD 13
- CD 7
- Charlie Crist
- Digital ads
- Election Reform
- federal campaign funding
- Florida's 7th Congressional District
- Florida’s 13th Congressional District
- HR 1
- matching donations
- phone banks
- phone calls. Hosue Resolution 1
- social media ads
- Stephanie Murphy
- taxpayers dollars
- voter reform
The partisan federal battle over Democrats’ proposal to overhaul campaign finance and federal elections has begun, with a conservative group using social media ads and phone-banking operations to pressure Democratic Reps. Stephanie Murphy and Charlie Crist.
Now emerging as the legislative priority du jour, HR 1 proposes a wide range of reforms in election, campaign, and voter registration laws. They pursue Democrats’ goals of striking down hurdles to voting erected in the name of election security, curbing partisan gerrymandering, reducing states’ options in defining electorates, and curtailing the influence of big money in politics.
The AAN ads go after the bill’s proposed creation of a new federal taxpayer dollars’ matching system for small donations to congressional campaigns. Democrats are pushing it as a way to help balance the influence of the big money spending that corporations and wealthy donors can have through unlimited financing of super PACs. Republicans contend it’s an avenue to corruption and a waste of tax dollars.
“This bill is nothing more than a shameful attempt to shovel public funds to the campaign coffers of corrupt Washington liberals,” AAN President Dan Conston stated in a news release. “Especially in a time of unparalleled health and economic crisis, public funds should be used to help end the suffering of this pandemic — not to help Washington politicians get reelected.”
American Action Network’s advertising campaign began Monday, aimed at 51 House districts. AAN will begin running digital ads in 15 of the districts and kick off a phone call campaign in all 51.
Voters in Murphy’s Florida’s 7th Congressional District, in Seminole and Orange counties, are being targeted with both digital ads and phone calls. Voters in Crist’s Florida’s 13th Congressional District will get AAN phone calls.
“Alert,” the digital ads declare. “Liberals want public money for their campaign.” Rolling text then offers select details: “Up to $5 million”, “Negative TV ads”, and “Luxury hotels.” The ads urge, “Tell Rep. Murphy (or some other targeted Representative) to oppose H.R. 1.”