The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which includes Melaleuca CEO Frank VanderSloot on its board, will spend $84,000 on TV ads in Idaho’s 2nd Congressional District to support eight-term GOP Congressman Mike Simpson.
The Associated Press reported the news Thursday, having obtained advance copies of ads running in Idaho and in two races in West Virginia, backing establishment Republican candidates.
The Chamber spot will begin airing Friday in the Boise, Twin Falls and Idaho Falls TV markets.
The ad aims at the independent campaign of the Club for Growth, which calls Simpson one of the “biggest Republican-in-name-only” members of Congress. The anti-tax group endorsed Simpson challenger Bryan Smith last summer, boosting Smith’s fundraising and name recognition nationally.
The ad doesn’t mention Smith, but Smith’s campaign manager Carrie Brown issued a statement saying, “Bryan is proud of the support he has garnered from conservatives across the Second District. No amount of money can hide Congressman Simpson’s liberal votes, and the more people find out about him the more support Bryan receives from Idaho business owners and individuals.”
The new ad calls Simpson “conservative, Idaho strong,” and displays an image commonly used by Idaho GOP candidates — House Democratic Leader and former Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
“Pelosi and her allies want more government spending and more regulations. No way,” says the commercial. “Mike Simpson is fighting back, working for a balanced budget, reducing our dependence on foreign oil, fixing the Obamacare mess.”