Republican Donor Group Pulls Financial Support For Dana Rohrabacher

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Rep. Dana Rohrabacher isn't receiving much help from the Paul Ryan-linked Congressional Leadership Fund.

California Rep. Dana Rohrabacher won’t be receiving much help from one of the Republican Party’s major funding groups ahead of next month’s election, according to The Los Angeles Times.

> The omission of Reps. Dana Rohrabacher and Mimi Walters by the Congressional Leadership Fund, a political action committee closely aligned with House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.), comes at a crucial inflection point in the midterm election when the two parties begin assessing their likely winners and losers.


> The decisions are particularly acute for the GOP, which is facing a tsunami of Democratic campaign cash ahead of a feared blue wave on Nov. 6.


> “Republicans are taking a cold-blooded look at races to decide where to put resources and where to withdraw resources to put somewhere else,” said Stuart Rothenberg, a nonpartisan election analyst who has spent decades sizing up campaigns.

The Congressional Leadership Fund said it was spending almost $12 million on cable TV ads for four House races in Southern California, and The Times reported that the super PAC began an additional $5 million ad campaign on Los Angeles’ main broadcast stations.

> But the fund’s opening broadcast ads support only two of the four Republican candidates in the Southland’s hardest-fought races: Rep. Steve Knight of Palmdale and Young Kim of Fullerton, relegating its Rohrabacher and Walters ads to cable channels with fewer viewers.



> Rohrabacher has served 15 terms in Congress and Walters is bidding to win her third term.

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