Jobs & Economy7 July 2022

AAN Doubles Down, Adds $4.3 Million in 8 Districts To Summer Issue Advocacy Campaign To Stop Inflation-Causing Spending and Energy Policies

WASHINGTON – American Action Network announced it will double down on its summer issue advocacy campaign and will add $4.3 million of ad time to 8 districts, expanding its issue advocacy efforts to address soaring inflation and record gas prices.

The new ads either highlight record price increases and urge Members of Congress to stop the Biden administration’s efforts to revive a “Skinny” Build Back Better spending plan that economists agree would make inflation worse, or in other districts, urge Congress to expand domestic energy production to help reduce gas prices by passing the American Energy Independence from Russia Act (H.R. 6858).

“Families are struggling to get by, gas and groceries are at record highs, and yet Joe Biden and his liberal allies in Congress are doubling down on the same reckless policies that left the economy in shambles to begin with,” said AAN President Dan Conston. “Congress needs an about-face quickly before Biden’s harmful policies make life even more expensive for working Americans.” 

Today’s announcement is an expansion of the $4 million campaign American Action Network announced in June, bringing the group’s summer campaign to nearly $8.5 million. In 2021, American Action Network spent over $20 million to stop “Build Back Better.” (Read more on those efforts hereherehereherehere and here.)

Districts included in today’s announcement

Katie Porter (CA-45)
Natural Resources, Oversight Committee Member
$820,000 – Cable and Digital

Jared Golden (ME-02)
Armed Services, Small Business Committee Member
$450,000 – Broadcast and Digital

Dina Titus (NV-01)
Transportation and Infrastructure, Foreign Affairs Committee Member
$1 Million – Broadcast and Digital

Matt Cartwright (PA-08)
Appropriations, Steering Committee Member
$450,000 – Broadcast and Digital

Elaine Luria (VA-02)
Armed Services, VA, Homeland Security Committee Member
$550,000 – Broadcast and Digital

Diana DeGette (CO-01)
Energy and Commerce, Natural Resources Committee Member

Mike Levin (CA-49)
Natural Resources, Veterans Affairs Committee Member
$360,000 – Broadcast and Digital

Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15)
Financial Services, Foreign Affairs Committee Member
$335,000 – Broadcast and Digital

Background: Last week, Washington Post reported that Democrats are “scrambling” to revive a new version of President Biden’s “Build Back Better” tax and spending plan. At the same time, numerous economists point to excess spending as the leading cause of rising inflation.

With gas prices skyrocketing, Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) and Bruce Westerman (AR-04) introduced H.R. 6858, the American Energy Independence from Russia Act, which would 1) restart federal oil and gas leasing 2) authorize construction of the Keystone Pipeline 3) remove restrictions on natural gas exports and 4) require the Biden Administration to develop a plan to expand American energy production to offset Russian imports in 30 days. The plan earned the support of 140 co-sponsors and provides a more robust response to the gasoline price crisis currently ravaging families than the weaker measures currently being proposed by the Biden administration.

Courtney Parella

Communications Director