RINOS fight back with $1.8 million ad campaign

A story that makes one wonder whether the Republican Party hasn’t been infiltrated by the Democrats. Politico reports

RINOs are putting more money into the game and taking fresh aim at the conservatives bent on dragging the House to the right.

The deep-pocketed American Action Network, which has raised over $104 million since 2011, will put $1.8 million toward ads in 76 districts touting members who stood up to right-wing pressure and supported the House leadership on the budget and bipartisan Medicare legislation.

The digital and television ads follow the group’s leap into last month’s contentious Department of Homeland Security funding debate, in which it spent $400,000 against fellow Republicans who refused to fund the agency in protest of President Obama’s immigration actions.

It followed with another $350,000 for TV ads in four districts to thank GOP lawmakers who backed the long-term funding deal in early March.

Brian Walsh, the group’s past president, said the decision to target conservative Republicans at odds with GOP leaders represented an “evolution” of the group’s desire to be the “reasonable voice” in Republican policy debates. The DHS ads prompted surprise and anger from conservatives at being targeted by fellow GOP-ers.

“It does make you scratch your head when you go to a Republican Conference and there’s a sheet of paper there about how we’re all supposed to be team players,” a Tea Party candidate said. “And while you’re sitting there getting the message from your colleagues about being a team player, you get a text from your office saying the American Action Network is running ads against you in the district.”