Tim Bishop's House re-election bid to get $1.4M in ad time buys from Democrats

Rep. Tim Bishop on Thursday, May 15, 2014. Rep. Tim Bishop on Thursday, May 15, 2014. Photo Credit: Bloomberg News / Scott Eells

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WASHINGTON -- Looking to the midterm elections, House Democrats already have reserved $1.4 million in airtime for ads on New York City cable television in the late summer and early fall to aid Rep. Tim Bishop's re-election campaign.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee plans to spend far more for Bishop (D-Southampton) in his bid for a seventh term this year than the $44,400 it spent on his 2012 race, which he won with 52 percent of the vote.

That move is part of what the DCCC said is its largest ad buy ever -- $43.5 million for the weeks before the Nov. 4 elections for 36 key races across the country.

The ads for Bishop will run from Sept. 9 to Oct. 20, officials said.

The DCCC, chaired by Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington), has reserved ad time for 17 seats it hopes to win and 19 seats it must defend in an election atmosphere that political analysts say now appears largely to favor Republicans.

It also includes $2.2 million for three other races in New York, one on Staten Island and two upstate.

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The DCCC in effect is putting its money on the table in a show of its fundraising prowess -- it has $43.5 million in the bank, compared with the $32 million in cash held by its counterpart, the National Republican Congressional Committee.

The information about the DCCC's ad buy was released by party officials and first reported by The Associated Press.

Bishop will face either state Sen. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) or former Securities and Exchange Commission attorney George Demos of Ronkonkoma. Both are seeking the GOP nomination in the June 24 primary.

NRCC spokesman Ian Prior said, "This is a $1.4 million sign of desperation and the clearest indication yet of the uphill climb that Tim Bishop will face in running for re-election."

DCCC spokesman Josh Schwerin said, "Bishop is running a very strong campaign and we're confident that he will be successful in November, but he will undoubtedly face an unprecedented onslaught of spending from billionaire outside groups."

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Other DCCC ad buys in New York:

In the 11th District on Staten Island and in Brooklyn, $950,000 for airtime on New York City cable for former New York City Councilman Domenic M. Recchia Jr. in his challenge to Rep. Michael Grimm (R-Staten Island), who faces a tough election after being indicted on tax evasion and perjury charges this month.

In the 21st District in northern New York, $820,000 on three broadcast outlets to aid first-time candidate Aaron Woolf, a documentary filmmaker. He will face either Republican aide Elise Stefanik or businessman Matt Doheny, who are vying for the GOP nomination.

In the 23rd District in western New York, $465,000 on two television stations for Tompkins County Legis. Martha Robertson's challenge of Rep. Tom Reed (R-Corning).

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