Republicans prep big ad blitz for Dold
A Republican political committee has set aside $800,000 for TV ads to support Bob Dold of Kenilworth in his 10th Congressional District rematch with Democratic U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider of Deerfield.
The money comes from an arm of the National Republican Campaign Committee that works independently from candidates, and a spokeswoman didn't say exactly when the commercials will air. NRCC spokeswoman Katie Prill said the move should "strike fear in Brad Schneider's campaign."
Schneider campaign manager Jamie Patton said it's "not surprising that Republicans are pouring in money to try to prop up Dold."
The planned ad buy further cements that the North suburban race will be a major national contest, but the committee has already committed far more elsewhere, including more than $1 million in contests in New York, California and Arizona, as well as more than $3 million in one Minnesota race.
Still, the 10th District money is significant.
By comparison, Schneider raised about $557,000 the first three months of the year on his own, and Dold raised about $524,000, according to federal records.
Dold first won the seat in 2010 after Republican Mark Kirk chose to run for U.S. Senate instead. Schneider put the district in the Democratic column in 2012.