The Progressive Change Campaign Committee said Friday it would expand advertising attacking Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) for his resistance to gun control, signaling that the Kentucky senator's 2014 re-election will meet heavy resistance on the airwaves.
The new purchase of more than $15,000 in advertising adds to an ongoing $27,700 campaign for ads that will air in Kentucky. The ads will run during Saturday's basketball game featuring the Louisville Cardinals and Notre Dame, during the Sunday political talk shows and during President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address on Tuesday. The ads also will air on Washington cable television during the game and the State of the Union address.
The expansion follows Karl Rove's American Crossroads' purchase of $10,000 in online advertising Wednesday targeting actress Ashley Judd, who has suggested she may challenge McConnell.
McConnell has tried to rally gun owners to shore up support for re-election. A recent call went out to Kentuckyians with McConnell saying, "President Obama and his team are doing everything in their power to restrict your constitutional right to keep and bear arms." A fundraising email by McConnell's campaign said gun owners are "literally surrounded" by "gun-grabbers in the Senate."