ilya-sheyman-illinois-pccc

Outside Groups Spend Online in Illinois Congressional Races

  |  March 20, 2012   |  Comments

Biggest online ad blitz in Illinois, however, attacks presidential hopeful Rick Santorum.

The Illinois primaries have drawn online ad dollars from groups weighing in on a handful of congressional races taking place there today. The target of the biggest online ad attack in Illinois, however, is GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum.

Restore Our Future, the super PAC supporting Mitt Romney, spent $85,000 this month to buy online advertising opposing Santorum in Illinois, according to ClickZ Politics analysis of Federal Election Commission filings. The group is running TV spots in the state attacking Santorum as a Washington insider who raised deficits while in the Senate.

ilya-sheyman-illinois-pcccProgressive Change Campaign Committee is backing 20-something progressive Democrat Ilya Sheyman with $20,000 worth of online display ads, while targeting voters in the state's 10th district. "Ilya will protect Social Security and Medicare from benefit cuts," states the ad, which has been running for two weeks. The ad also criticizes Sheyman's opponent Brad Schneider for donating to Republicans.

"What we're seeing for the 2012 election cycle is that more and more campaigns are finding that their media strategy really isn't complete without an aggressive online component," said Michael Snook, chief information officer of the PCCC. "We're working with other campaigns to replicate the success of Ilya Sheyman's ad program elsewhere, helping to craft good campaign strategies, making sure they are using the best tools available for their needs, and helping raise the money to actually run the ads," he continued.

Campaign for Primary Accountability, an anti-spending group, has spent nearly $30,000 on web ads in Illinois this month and around $60,000 in total on online advertising this year in several congressional primaries. Two-thirds of the Illinois buy went towards fighting Rep. Donald Manzullo, a Republican. The self-described anti-incumbent group spent the remainder - $9,000 - to back Rep. Debbie Halvorson and oppose Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. The two Democrat incumbents are running for the same seat as a result of redistricting.

Manzullo is getting help from tea party super PAC FreedomWorks for America, which spent $2,000 on Facebook ads in support of the incumbent. The group has spent around $100,000 on online ads this year in the hopes of defeating Senate candidates including longtime Utah Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah. Hatch won the Republican caucuses last week despite the ad blitz.

Many of the Illinois races targeted by outside groups represent districts Democrats believe they can win to help retake the House.

In addition, the International Association of Firefighters Interested in Registration and Education PAC is fighting Romney with $2,800 worth of online ads running in Illinois.

Tags:

ClickZ Live Toronto On the heels of a fantastic event in New York City, ClickZ Live is taking the fun and learning to Toronto, June 23-25. With over 15 years' experience delivering industry-leading events, ClickZ Live offers an action-packed, educationally-focused agenda covering all aspects of digital marketing. Register today!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kate Kaye

Kate Kaye was Managing Editor at ClickZ News until October 2012. As a daily reporter and editor for the original news source, she covered beats including digital political campaigns and government regulation of the online ad industry. Kate is the author of Campaign '08: A Turning Point for Digital Media, the only book focused on the paid digital media efforts of the 2008 presidential campaigns. Kate created ClickZ's Politics & Advocacy section, and is the primary contributor to the one-of-a-kind section. She began reporting on the interactive ad industry in 1999 and has spoken at several events and in interviews for television, radio, print, and digital media outlets. You can follow Kate on Twitter at @LowbrowKate.

COMMENTSCommenting policy

comments powered by Disqus

ClickZ Today is our #1 newsletter. Get a daily dose of digital marketing.

COMMENTS

UPCOMING EVENTS

Featured White Papers

Gartner Magic Quadrant for Digital Commerce

Gartner Magic Quadrant for Digital Commerce
This Magic Quadrant examines leading digital commerce platforms that enable organizations to build digital commerce sites. These commerce platforms facilitate purchasing transactions over the Web, and support the creation and continuing development of an online relationship with a consumer.

Paid Search in the Mobile Era

Paid Search in the Mobile Era
Google reports that paid search ads are currently driving 40+ million calls per month. Cost per click is increasing, paid search budgets are growing, and mobile continues to dominate. It's time to revamp old search strategies, reimagine stale best practices, and add new layers data to your analytics.

Resources

Jobs

    • SEO Specialist
      SEO Specialist (HeBS Digital) - NEW YORK                             ...
    • GREAT Campaign Project Coordinator
      GREAT Campaign Project Coordinator (British Consulate-General, New York) - New YorkThe GREAT Britain Campaign is seeking an energetic and creative...
    • Paid Search Senior Account Manager
      Paid Search Senior Account Manager (Hanapin Marketing) - BloomingtonHanapin Marketing is hiring a strategic Paid Search Senior Account Manager...