GOP banks on tax cuts to keep ma­jor­ity in Congress

Repub­li­can ads tout over­haul as Dems counter

The Arizona Republic - - USA Today - Fre­dreka Schouten and Herb Jack­son

WASH­ING­TON – Repub­li­cans are pin­ning their midterm elec­tion hopes on the mas­sive tax over­haul signed into law last year, and it shows.

GOP groups and can­di­dates have run nearly 17,800 spots this year that tout tax re­form, ac­cord­ing to a USA TO­DAY anal­y­sis of tele­vi­sion ad­ver­tis­ing. The bar­rage has forced Democrats to re­tal­i­ate with com­mer­cials that slam the tax cuts as help­ing the wealthy — and en­dan­ger­ing Medi­care and So­cial Se­cu­rity in the years ahead.

Amer­i­cans for Pros­per­ity, a deep­pock­eted group aligned with con­ser­va­tive bil­lion­aire Charles Koch, is help­ing to drive the Repub­li­can spend­ing as it pum­mels vul­ner­a­ble Demo­cratic se­na­tors in states friendly to Pres­i­dent Trump.

The group bought more than a third of the tele­vi­sion spots men­tion­ing the tax over­haul passed by the Repub­li­can­con­trolled Congress in De­cem­ber, ac­cord­ing to data pro­vided by Kan­tar Me-

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