Republican Derrick Van Orden is out with a new TV ad that accuses U.S. Rep. Ron Kind, D-La Crosse, of playing politics with the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.
Van Orden’s campaign didn’t release details of the buy.
But numbers from Advertising Analytics show Kind boosted his media buys this week, helping bolster his spending advantage in the race. Kind is now up to more than $2.2 million on broadcast, cable and digital since the primary. Adding in outside groups, he’s got a more than $900,000 advantage in media buys through the Nov. 3 election at more than $3.4 million.
Van Orden is at nearly $970,000. Altogether, he and the groups backing him had secured nearly $2.5 million, including $1.4 million from the Congressional Leadership Fund. The PAC, which backs GOP House candidates, has pledged to spend $2 million in the race.
In the spot, Van Orden says decades of “unfair trade deals shuttered thousands of family farms in Wisconsin.” He says President Trump worked out a fix, but Kind and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., played politics.
“They held up the trade fix for eight months while Wisconsin farms closed,” Van Orden says.