US Senate 2022: DC Groups Fund Ad Blitz to Tout Budd’s Trump Endorsement

RALEIGH – The Club for Growth announced months ago that it would back U.S. Senate 2022 Republican Primary candidate and current U.S. Congressman Ted Budd with millions in outside advertising. Now they are putting their money where their mouth is, about to commence a $3 million blitzkrieg of ads through November 1. The focal point? Budd’s prized endorsement by former President Donald Trump.

From Raleigh News & Observer:

“[…] Club For Growth Action, which backed Budd in his first congressional bid in 2016 and has lined up behind his Senate campaign, will run a television ad promoting Trump’s endorsement for the next eight weeks in the Raleigh, Charlotte and Greensboro markets and statewide on Fox News.

The spot will start Tuesday and end Nov. 1.

The 30-second ad uses audio from Trump’s surprise endorsement at the Republican state convention in June, where the former president announced his choice at the top of his speech […]

In June, Club for Growth Action President David McIntosh announced his group had raised more than $5 million — and planned to raise more — to support Budd’s Senate run. Club For Growth put $500,000 into Budd’s 2016 U.S. House race, helping elevate the gun store owner in a crowded 17-candidate field.

Club For Growth is a conservative political committee. Club For Growth Action is its election spending arm, which pays for advertisements and direct mail campaigns. Club For Growth Action spent more than $65 million in the 2020 election cycle, all of it to help elect Republicans.

The ad hits the same theme as a Budd campaign radio ad earlier this summer. Both Budd and the Club for Growth are betting that Trump’s support will elevate him over the better-known McCrory in a Republican primary in a state Trump twice carried in his presidential runs. […]”

The Budd campaign and the Club are betting the Trump bump comes to fruition based on polling indicating a healthy contingent of voters were more likely to vote for a candidate endorsed by the former president.

The ads won’t hit in a vacuum, however, as Budd is currently under a steady salvo of opposition research concerning a business deal, a bankruptcy, and a bunch of seemingly victimized farmers. Read more here.

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