House Democrats' campaign arm reserves $44M in ads

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WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats are ready to empty their deep pockets for television ads as they continue an uphill climb to oust Republicans from their majority.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on Thursday is asking television stations in 36 key districts to set aside broadcast and cable advertising time for the fall's campaign blitz. The almost $44 million in advertising requests is the largest ever from the committee and the biggest so far this election year from a party-run campaign committee.

The Associated Press obtained race-by-race budgets from party officials who insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss spending plans publicly.

In all, the campaign committee plans to spend money in 19 districts with incumbent Democrats and in 17 others that are in Republican hands.

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