A PAC supported by former President Donald J. Trump has begun producing ads for the 2022 midterm, supporting Republican Senate candidates in both Ohio and Pennsylvania, according to Politico.
MAGA Inc. has purchased more than a quarter of a million dollars in ads in Columbus and Cleveland. AdImpact, which provided the numbers for Politico, noted that the PAC has bought $135,650 in ads placed specifically in Pittsburgh.
During each state’s GOP primary, Trump endorsed Dr. Mehmet Oz in Pennsylvania and JD Vance in Ohio. Both candidates, who are each political outsiders, won their contest and are now battling Democratic opponents in the general election.
In Pennsylvania, several polls show that the lead of Democratic candidate Lt. Gov. John Fetterman is narrowing. Emerson Polling revealed that Fetterman had a five-point lead over Oz in June, but that lead has reduced to only two points since.
In September, Trump blasted Fetterman as “a spoiled and entitled socialist loser who leeched off his parents’ money — you know he lives on his parents’ money — until he was 49 years old.”
The lieutenant governor, who claims to be a progressive friend of the working class, was elected in 2006 as the mayor of Braddock, Pennsylvania. He left in 2019 after being elected to his current position. In 2015 alone, he received $54,000 from his parents, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported. As mayor, Fetterman received a $1,800 salary. Fetterman has stated that his family’s generosity allowed him to serve the public.
In Ohio, FiveThirtyEight reports that Vance is trailing Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) by two points, per a polling average.
Ryan recently received flak for using the House of Representatives’ lax proxy voting rules regarding COVID, yet traveled all the way to Hollywood for ritzy campaign events.
“Tim Ryan claimed he skipped work today ‘due to the ongoing public health emergency,’” GOP Senate candidate JD Vance’s press secretary Luke Schroeder tweeted in response Wednesday. “He’s actually headed to California to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars from Hollywood elites.”
MAGA Inc., reportedly has $100 million in the bank, and some critics have accused the former president of not spending it wisely. However, an anonymous official shot down that idea and told Politico, “We don’t telegraph ad spends or our strategy.”
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