Conservative immigration reform group buys pro-Ellmers ads

03/18/2014 5:42 PM

02/15/2015 10:43 AM

An immigration-reform group tied to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has come out with TV and radio ads supporting North Carolina Rep. Renee Ellmers.

The group, Americans for a Conservative Direction, has been running ads supporting other Republican legislators who support immigration reform, including Sen. Marco Rubio and Sen. Lindsey Graham. Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is on the board. It is a subsidiary of, a lobbying group primarily funded by Zuckerberg.

Politico reports that the Ellmers ads started Tuesday and will run for 10 days, at an initial buy of $150,000, attributing that to an unnamed source. The TV ad ticks off Ellmers’ conservative credentials, ending on the immigration issue with “No amnesty, period.”

Ellmers has been criticized in her own party for pushing to give legal although lesser status to immigrants living in the country illegally. She has said she favors securing the nation’s borders, while granting something short of full citizenship to those who are here.

Last week she got into a heated argument on national radio with host Laura Ingraham, who accused Ellmers of sounding like a liberal.

On Tuesday, her opponent in the GOP primary, Frank Roche of Cary, issued a press release underlining Ingraham’s criticism. Roche was on the radio show the day after Ellmers, where he called for current immigration laws to be enforced.

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