House Majority PAC

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House Majority PAC
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Basic facts
Type:Super PAC
Founder(s):Alixandria Lapp
Year founded:2011
Website:Official website

The House Majority PAC is a super PAC that aims to "help win back the House Majority for Democrats," according to the group's website. The organization is a successor to a parent group, the America's Families First Action Fund.[1]

Mission

As of October 2019, the mission of the organization listed on its official Facebook page read:[2]

"House Majority PAC's mission is to defend and expand the Democratic House majority by working with progressive allies and competing with the outside groups on the Right."[2]

Background

House Majority PAC was founded in 2011 to answer what its organizers saw as "the barrage of GOP outside spending and ensure that never again would groups funded by Karl Rove, the Koch Brothers, Sheldon Adelson and the like be able to drown out Democratic candidates."[3] The super PAC is associated with former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) who raised funds for the group in its early stages. It is also, according to Politico, seen as a sister group to the Senate Majority PAC, a super PAC associated with former Nevada Sen. Harry Reid (D).[4]

Work

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As a super PAC, the House Majority PAC works to influence elections by making independent expenditures and purchasing advertising. The group runs ads that support or oppose candidates for the U.S. House in an effort to regain a Democratic majority in the House.

2020 elections

Contributions

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (D) announced in December 2019 that he was contributing $10 million to House Majority PAC to support Democratic incumbents being targeted for supporting the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump (R).[5]

2018 elections

Expenditures

On October 9, 2018, House Majority PAC announced it would spend about $20 million across these 13 districts: CA-10 ($2.2 million), CA-25 ($800,000), CA-39 ($2.7 million), CA-45 ($800,000), CA-48 ($2.7 million), and CA-49 ($800,000), FL-26 ($2.2 million), MI-08 ($885,000), MI-11 ($544,000), NJ-07 ($1 million), NV-04 ($1 million), NY-19 ($741,000), and TX-32 ($2.3 million).[6]

2016 elections

Expenditures

During the 2016 election cycle, the House Majority PAC had spent a total of $47,470,121 in independent expenditures, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.[7]

Top 10 largest House Majority PAC expenditures in 2016
Candidate State Party Office Total For Against
Donald Trump Republican Party President $2,753,857 $0 $2,753,857
Stewart Mills Minn. Republican Party U.S. House $2,521,021 $0 $2,521,021
Scott Garrett N.J. Republican Party U.S. House $2,366,092 $0 $2,366,092
Brian Fitzpatrick Pa. Republican Party U.S. House $2,266,961 $0 $2,266,961
Danny Tarkanian Nev. Republican Party U.S. House $2,124,182 $0 $2,124,182
Claudia Tenney N.Y. Republican Party U.S. House $2,084,879 $0 $2,084,879
Barbara Comstock Va. Republican Party U.S. House $1,909,690 $0 $1,909,690
Bruce Poliquin Maine Republican Party U.S. House $1,863,263 $0 $1,863,263
Emilio Huerta Calif. Democratic Party U.S. House $1,745,038 $1,745,038 $0
Mike Coffman Colo. Republican Party U.S. House $1,734,087 $0 $1,734,087

2014 elections

During the 2014 election cycle, the House Majority PAC had spent a total of $29,422,890 in independent expenditures, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.[8]

Top 10 largest House Majority PAC expenditures in 2014
Candidate State Party Office Total For Against
Michael Grimm N.Y. Republican Party U.S. House $2,018,339 $0 $2,018,339
Andy Tobin Ariz. Republican Party U.S. House $1,740,072 $0 $1,740,072
Evan Jenkins W.Va. Republican Party U.S. House $1,727,802 $0 $1,727,802
Lee Zeldin N.Y. Republican Party U.S. House $1,509,329 $0 $1,509,329
Mike Coffman Colo. Republican Party U.S. House $1,417,124 $0 $1,417,124
Nan Hayworth N.Y. Republican Party U.S. House $1,315,849 $0 $1,315,849
Stewart Mills Minn. Republican Party U.S. House $1,242,383 $0 $1,242,383
Doug Ose Calif. Republican Party U.S. House $1,175,560 $0 $1,175,560
Bob Dold Ill. Republican Party U.S. House $1,038,646 $0 $1,038,646
Carlos Curbelo Fla. Republican Party U.S. House $1,013,930 $0 $1,013,930

Airtime reserve

On April 18, 2014, the group announced that it reserved $6.5 million for fall 2014 television advertisements in two dozen districts.[9][10][11]

The targeted districts and amount spent included:[9][12]

Targeted incumbents

House Majority PAC announced the following candidates as targets in the 2014 elections:[14][15][16]

John Kline

House Majority PAC launched its first paid attack on Rep. John Kline (R-Minn.) in June 2013. The ads criticized Kline for his position in favor of a proposal that Democrats said would exponentially increase student loan rates.[17] The campaign was the first paid attack from House Majority PAC during the 2014 cycle and the first attack on Kline, named as one of the PAC's top 10 targets for 2014.[17]

It launched Facebook posts, a promoted petition using the hashtag #StopScammingStudents and banner ads on local news sites calling for readers to sign a petition to tell the congressman to "stop scamming students," as well as running an ad on Pandora internet radio, targeted to residents of Kline's district.[17]

Support for incumbents

Nick Rahall
See also: West Virginia's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2014

House Majority PAC launched an ad buy on December 10, 2013, for Nick Rahall (D) in West Virginia's 3rd Congressional District.[18] The ad ran throughout southern West Virginia for ten days and cost approximately $150,000. Of the ad, the super PAC's communications director, Andy Stone, said, “Right-wing, Koch Brothers-funded groups are spending big to prop up a two-time party-switcher, but Mountaineers know Nick Rahall is a fighter for southern West Virginia.” The super PAC went on to spend roughly $1 million in the district, more than in any other 2014 race it targeted.[19]

Ads on government shutdown

On October 4, 2013, House Majority PAC launched an ad attacking David Joyce (R-Ohio) when the government temporarily shut down.[20] The ad urges viewers to go to TellDaveJoyce.com and sign a petition to tell the congressman "the shutdown was wrong."[20] Of the ad, super PAC communications director Andy Stone said, “When Dave Joyce didn’t get his way, he decided to throw a temper tantrum and shut down the federal government. Northeast Ohioans deserve better than Joyce’s childlike behavior and political gamesmanship with the economy.”[20]

The ad was part of a series released attacking the top nine GOP targets for the shutdown. Along with Joyce, the nine others include Gary Miller, Mike Coffman, Rodney Davis, Mike Fitzpatrick, Michael Grimm, Joe Heck, John Kline, and Steve Southerland.[20][21][22]

The group launched a $70,000 ad buy against Steve Southerland in October 2013, saying he “should be ashamed” of supporting the shutdown.[23]

“Steve Southerland’s reckless Tea Party government shutdown cost our economy $24 billion, yet rather than back a bipartisan plan to end this manmade debacle, Southerland actually voted to drive our nation off an economic cliff,” House Majority PAC Communications Director Andy Stone said in a press release. "The jobs, retirement accounts and wellbeing of families, seniors and veterans in north and northwest Florida apparently didn’t merit Steve Southerland’s concern – even though Southerland was still getting his taxpayer-funded salary.”[23]

The PAC also targeted then-Speaker Boehner with a similar ad. “Speaker Boehner didn’t get his way and so, like a child, he threw a Tea Party-inspired temper tantrum and shut down the federal government,” said Andy Stone. “The American people are sick and tired of the intransigence and manufactured crises that have become all too common from Speaker Boehner and the House Republicans. Speaker Boehner should stop playing politics, end the nonsense and finally focus on the real-life consequences his government shutdown has caused Americans.”[24]

Ads on immigration reform

On July 18, 2013, House Majority PAC announced it would be targeting a trio of vulnerable House Republicans on immigration reform.[25] It will run commercials criticizing Reps. Gary Miller, Mike Coffman (Colorado) and Joe Heck. All three Republicans reside in districts with substantial Hispanic populations.[25][26]

The group will spend $175,000 on the commercials, which will air on Spanish-language broadcast stations in Los Angeles, Denver, and Las Vegas.[25] The ads provide an early preview into how Democrats plan to turn immigration into a key issue in the midterm elections, with the party branding the Republicans as unwilling to embrace reform in districts where Hispanics make up a significant part of the electorate.[25]

The spot targeting Miller says the California congressman “voted against the DREAM Act and to deport 800,000 young immigrants. He even wants to deny citizenship to the children of foreigners born in the U.S. With that record, Gary Miller is the one who needs to go.”[25] In Miller’s 31st District, Hispanics account for 44 percent of the voting age population. In Coffman’s 6th District, they make up 16 percent. In Heck’s 3rd District, Hispanics represent 13 percent.[25]

Expenditures

House Majority PAC spent a grand total of $29,422,890 in the 2012 election. Of that money, $3,906,609 was spent for Democrats, $679 was against Democrats, $0 was for Republicans, and $24,506,492 was used against Republicans. The following table details the top 10 independent expenditures made by House Majority PAC during the 2014 cycle.[27]

Top 10 largest House Majority PAC expenditures in 2014
Candidate State Party Office Total For Against
Michael Grimm N.Y. Republican Party U.S. House $2,018,339 $0 $2,018,339
Andy Tobin Ariz. Republican Party U.S. House $1,740,072 $0 $1,740,072
Evan Jenkins W.Va. Republican Party U.S. House $1,727,802 $0 $1,727,802
Lee Zeldin N.Y. Republican Party U.S. House $1,509,329 $0 $1,509,329
Mike Coffman Colo. Republican Party U.S. House $1,417,124 $0 $1,417,124
Nan Hayworth N.Y. Republican Party U.S. House $1,315,849 $0 $1,315,849
Stewart Mills Minn. Republican Party U.S. House $1,242,383 $0 $1,242,383
Doug Ose Calif. Republican Party U.S. House $1,175,560 $0 $1,175,560
Bob Dold Ill. Republican Party U.S. House $1,038,646 $0 $1,038,646
Carlos Curbelo Fla. Republican Party U.S. House $1,013,930 $0 $1,013,930

Donors

In 2014, two major donors to House Majority PAC were George Marcus and Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.). Marcus, president of Marcus Millichap Real Estate in California, gave $250,000 to the super PAC on April 25, 2014.[28] Rockefeller made a $250,000 personal donation in April 2014.[29][30]

Campaign ads

October 2013 ad about John Boehner.
October 2013 ad about Mike Coffman (Colorado).