Conservative group fires back in GOP ad war over DHS funding
By Cristina Marcos
The GOP infighting over blocking President Obama’s executive actions on immigration through a bill funding the Department of Homeland Security isn’t over yet.
A week after the House cleared legislation to avoid a DHS shutdown without provisions to revoke the executive actions, a conservative group with ties to anti-establishment GOP candidates announced it raised more than $90,000 to help three lawmakers targeted by a group affiliated with House GOP leadership.
The American Action Network, which has ties to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and the rest of the House Republican leadership team, is spending more than $400,000 on TV ads aimed at three conservative House members who opposed funding DHS without attaching provisions to undo President Obama’s executive actions to shield certain illegal immigrants from deportation.But the Senate Conservatives Fund (SCF), which aligns with GOP hard-liner candidates, said Tuesday that it has raised more money than the $51,000 the American Action Network has spent on media so far in the three lawmakers’ districts.
The 30-second TV ads from the American Action Network are aimed at Reps. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.), Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) and Jim Jordan (R-Ohio). Jordan is the chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, an upstart group formed earlier this year of hard-line conservatives that led the charge on the DHS funding fight. The American Action Network also plans national ad buys on conservative radio programs like those hosted by Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity.
SCF President Ken Cuccinelli accused the GOP leadership of trying to oust members of their own party in a primary.