American Action Network is running a radio ad praising U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers of the 2nd Congressional District for her votes on the House budget and Medicare doctors’ fees.
The ad will run for a week. The American Action Network’s is spending $25,000 to air the ad, which is part of a $1.8 million nationwide buy the 501(c)(4) is making on behalf of 76 House members.
“Renee Ellmers is doing the right thing in Congress,” the announcer says.
The group, which supports center-right policies, does not have to reveal its donors.
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The ad is airing just as the outgoing chairman of the Chatham County Republican Party, Jim Duncan, announced he would challenge Ellmers in a primary next year.
A spokeswoman for American Action Network said the ad has been in the works for a week, and the timing is not connected to Duncan’s announcement.
This is the second ad buy the group has made applauding Ellmers this year. An earlier television ad called her a “conservative champion.”
Ellmers, who is in her third term, got on the bad side of some conservatives in January over her attempts to derail a vote on an abortion bill.