House Republicans are preparing to unleash $722,000 in political advertising to support U.S. Rep. Bobby Schilling's election campaign.
The independent expenditure arm of the National Republican Congressional Committee has reserved $18 million of ad space across 25 congressional districts, including the $722,000 in the Quad Cities market, according to an NRCC source.
Rep. Schilling, R-Colona, is being challenged in the November election by Democrat Cheri Bustos, a former East Moline alderwoman.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee already has reserved $1 million in advertising in the Quad Cities and Cedar Rapids markets, which covers Rep. Schilling's 17th District and the Iowa 2nd District, where U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack, D-Mount Vernon, is being challenged by Republican John Archer.
Reserving ad space ensures they won't be crowded out as election season draws closer in a presidential election season likely to be flooded with advertising from super PACs, although it also leaves flexibility to move money around later.
Formed in the wake of the Citizens United Supreme Court ruling in 2010, super PACs are political action committees that can take unlimited donations from individuals, corporations and unions, and use the money to support or oppose a candidate. Super PACs are not supposed to coordinate their ad campaigns with the candidate they support.
Democrats are confident of winning the 17th District. Republicans are fighting to hold on to a seat in a Democrat-leaning district that they won in 2010 for the first time since 1983.
Today is Sunday, May 26, the 146th day of 2013. There are 219 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: The information called for in yesterday's Argus, in relation to thechild abandoned in Moline, by its mother two years ago, was furnished us last evening.The child was found by a Swede and has been kindly cared for. 1888 -- 125 years ago: The annual review and inspection of the Rock Island volunteerfire department took place today, and there will be a firemen's ball tonight. 1913 -- 100 years ago: Captain H.F. Young, former Mississippi river pilot, and T.W.Chapman left Rock Island today for Alaska to enter river service there. 1938 -- 75 years ago: Poppies were blooming today at the headquarters of the Rock Islandunit of the American Legion auxiliary at the Y.M.C.A. as the little red memorial flowers, which the people of Rock Island will wear in honor of veterans. 1963 -- 50 years ago: One hundred and fifty of the best show horses in Illinois and Iowaare expected to compete tomorrow for some $500 in trophies, ribbons and prize money inthe first major horse show of the season. 1988 -- 25 years ago: Moline Public Hospital presented blue ribbons to the winnersof a recent poster contest, held in conjunction with National Hospital Week. Utilizingthe theme of "You're Our Specialty," the following were grand prize winners: MindyBenson, Moline; Thao Dang, Moline; Gared Laux, Moline; John Murphy, Rock Island;Justin Pulford and Bennie Jo Starkey, Moline.