Political groups aligned with President Trump and congressional GOP leadership will air pro-tax reform ads in the districts of vulnerable and wavering Republicans this week, just ahead of a major vote on the House Republican tax bill.
The American Action Network announced a $1.5 million ad campaign Monday touting tax legislation in the districts of members like California’s Darrell Issa and New York’s Lee Zeldin — Republicans who have expressed opposition to the House tax bill and whose re-election campaigns could be made even more difficult by voting yes.
Also Monday, the pro-Trump group 45Committee announced targeted ads in the same blue districts that told members to “keep your promise and vote yes on tax reform,” as part of $2 million the group is spending this week on efforts on the House vote.
The House is scheduled to vote on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act later this week. GOP leaders are expected to begin whipping votes Monday night.
One group in particular that could provide resistance to a smooth vote is the contingent of members from high-tax, blue-states like New York and New Jersey. Members from those states have balked at the provision of the bill that would eliminate deductions for state and local income and sales taxes. The legislation would also cap state and local property tax deductions at $10,000.
The 45Committee ads aim to make a “yes” vote more palatable for those members in part by touting numbers from the Tax Foundation, a nonprofit think tank, claiming that the bill would generate large tax breaks for families in the state.
For example, ads in the district of Leonard Lance of New Jersey will claim that the bill will provide an “extra $3,000 for New Jersey families.” Lance has opposed the changes to the state and local tax deduction.