The spots, which will air on both broadcast and cable networks, are part of $1 million campaign from the Club timed to coincide with Congress’s debate over reauthorizing the Ex-Im Bank. (The bank is better described as a government credit agency that backs loans to foreign entities as incentive to sign deals with U.S. companies. The Club sees this as corporate welfare.)
The first phase of the Club’s campaign began last month, a spokesman said, while the third and final part will likely air next week. The spokesman said the group would spend $250,000 on TV targeting the congressmen, with an additional $30,000 reserved for digital ads targeting McKinley, Bishop, Stewart, and Shuster.
In the TV spots, the lawmakers are criticized for supporting a “petri dish of corruption and graft.” In Bishop and Stewart’s case, they are compared unfavorably to fellow Republican colleagues Sens. Mike Lee and Orrin Hatch. In West Virginia, the Club said McKinley supported a program backed by Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.