NOTE: Republican U.S. Senate candidate Kelly Ayotte's campaign today will begin airing its first television ad of the general election campaign, partially funded by the National Republican Senatorial Committee… It's unclear at this point how much help Hodes will receive during the final month of the campaign from the NRSC's counterpart, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
Ayotte's first general election ad partially funded by GOP group
By John DiStaso
September 29, 2010
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Kelly Ayotte's campaign today will begin airing its first television ad of the general election campaign, partially funded by the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
The NRSC yesterday confirmed it has committed $171,000 in coordinated campaign funds to Ayotte's campaign through the general election. The Ayotte campaign said the NRSC money will pay for the purchase of air time for the new ad on WMUR and statewide cable television for about a one and a half weeks. The Ayotte campaign paid the production costs.
According to the NRSC, $171,000 is the maximum amount that it, or its Democratic counterpart, can give to a Senate candidate under federal law. The amount varies from state to state based on the state's population.
The 30-second ad shows Ayotte standing in a wooded area with a path that forks into two paths behind her.
"America's future can go down two different paths," she says. She says a path "of more spending, higher taxes and more government control over our lives" is "Paul Hodes' path."
"Or we can change direction and go forward with core principles," she says. "Don't spend more money than we have. Small businesses create jobs better than the government does. And taxes are too high already. That's the path I'm taking."
Coordinated expenditures are different than non-coordinated independent expenditures, which can be made on an unlimited basis by the national senatorial committees, political action committees and issues advocacy groups.
A campaign and national party committee are allowed under federal law to discuss and literally coordinate strategy on how to deploy coordinated expenditures. But campaigns are forbidden by law to have any involvement in how non-coordinated independent expenditures are used by the committees.
It's unclear at this point how much help Hodes will receive during the final month of the campaign from the NRSC's counterpart, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
So far in this election cycle, the DSCC gave Hodes a direct contribution of $42,600 in June 2009 and then made 16 expenditures totaling $72,263 to social networking and research consulting firms on behalf of the Hodes campaign from August 2009 through late August of this year.
As for future expenditures for Hodes, DSCC spokesman Eric Schultz would not disclose committee strategy.
"We think that the New Hampshire seat is a very strong pick-up opportunity for the Democrats in this cycle," Schultz said. "We think that Paul Hodes is running a smart, aggressive campaign and that Kelly Ayotte remains very vulnerable."
An NRSC spokesman would not discuss the committee's plans for independent expenditures, if any, on Ayotte's behalf.