Group supporting moderates in Congress to spend $92k on Barber

2014-03-24T16:00:00Z 2014-03-24T16:53:08Z Group supporting moderates in Congress to spend $92k on BarberBy Joe Ferguson Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

A political nonprofit called "Center Forward" has started airing television ads in Arizona last week, praising Reps. Ron Barber and Kyrsten Sinema

The 501c(4) group, which spent $2,057,089 in the 2012 election cycle, according to OpenSecrets.com

The outside spending group is reportedly spending $750,000 in its first salvo of ads supporting a total of seven incumbents which they label as moderates, according to an article in The Hill newspaper.

The ads will back: Barber and Sinema as well as Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.), Pete Gallego (Texas) and John Carney (Del.), as well as Republican Reps. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.) and Richard Hanna (R-NY), the article states.

Former Alabama Rep. Bud Cramer, a Democrat, told The Hill that his group wants to play a role in the 2014 election, pledging another round of ads this summer and to spend more than $5 million this year.

"We're going to be a force to contend with from now on," he told The Hill.

Public records show the group will spend $91,681 in ads featuring Barber in the greater Tucson metro area, primarily with the three network affiliates.

The local NBC station, KVOA, got $21,691 from the group, which has bought time during commercial breaks for The Blacklist, Dr. Phil, Judge Alex, Days of Our Lives, the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and various local news segments, including Tucson Today at 5 p.m.

The arizonaspolitics.com blog, which first reported the story Saturday morning, links to FCC documents which state the group plans to spend slightly more than $200,000 on ads supporting Sinema.

The Hill has also posted a transcript of the Barber ad:

"Bickering. Dysfunction. Washington's broken, but Ron Barber is bringing people together to do something about it. He worked with Republicans and Democrats to require that, if Congress doesn't pass a budget, it doesn't get paid," says the ad airing in Barber's district. "And Barber has led by example, voting to block a congressional pay raise, refusing his pay during the government shutdown, even donating his congressional healthcare subsidy to southern Arizona charities."

Contact reporter Joe Ferguson at jferguson@azstarnet.com or 573-4346. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFerguson

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