GOP Group to Spend $2.5 Million on Ads Promoting `Tax Relief'

(Bloomberg) -- The pro-Republican group American Action Network says it’s planning to spend $2.5 million on television ads in 23 congressional districts held by Republicans. The spot features a couple fretting that the U.S. tax code is "too complicated" and calling for tax relief for working families and small business owners.

The ad is scheduled to air mostly in competitive districts, and is aimed at giving political cover to endangered House Republicans to cast what could be a difficult vote in support of a tax bill. The Republicans include Colorado’s Mike Coffman, Iowa’s Rod Blum, California’s David Valadao, New York’s John Katko and New Jersey’s Leonard Lance, the group said.

Two other names stand out: North Carolina’s Mark Meadows and Ohio’s Jim Jordan, the leaders of the Freedom Caucus, who have been criticizing House Republican leaders over the lack of tax details that have been released.