UA Launches $2.3 Million Independent Expenditure Pre-Booking

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

United Association of Union Plumbers and Pipefitters (UA) Vote! PAC Pre-Books $2.3 Million in Competitive Senate and House Races

UA Vote! PAC’s first pre-booking of 2020 cycle comes in broadcast, cable, and digital.

The United Association of Union Plumbers and Pipefitters (UA) Vote! PAC today announced its first round of independent expenditures in competitive U.S. Senate and U.S. House races. This pre-booking includes over $2.3 million in broadcast television, cable, satellite, and digital buys in competitive and priority races for the UA.

“With the future of our country on the ballot this fall, the UA is taking no chances to ensure our elected officials fight for working families,” said Mark McManus, General President of the United Association. “We’re committed to electing members who will protect UA jobs and fight for fair wages and benefits. When this group of candidates gets to Washington next year, UA members will have strong allies who understand what working families need from their politicians.”

“The UA is making major investments in candidates who will not only stand with our members, but work to create jobs, support fair wages and benefits, and back critical infrastructure projects that grow America's economy,” said Russ Breckenridge, Senior Political Advisor for the United Association. “Now is not the time to sit on the sidelines. The UA is committed to helping our endorsed candidates continue in our tradition of winning the most competitive races in the country.”

Today’s round of initial pre-booking follows the successful rollout of the new “Battleground UA” campaign, including a robust online member education ad program. You can learn more about Battleground UA on Twitter and at www.UAGetInvolved.org and you can view the member education ad campaign here.

The UA Vote! PAC’s first round of early media reservations include:

The UA’s IE for Abby Finkenauer for Congress in Iowa’s 1st Congressional District includes 1000 gross ratings points in the Cedar Rapids media market and 640 cable spots during the week of 10/6 – 10/12. 

The UA’s IE for Steve Bullock for Senate in Montana includes 1402 gross ratings points of broadcast television in the Billings media market and 1206 gross ratings points of broadcast television in the Butte media market – both running from 10/6 – 10/19. Statewide voter file-targeted satellite was also pre-booked at a 2 frequency per week from 10/6 through Election Day. 

The UA’s IE for Theresa Greenfield for Senate in Iowa includes 1079 gross ratings points in the Des Moines media market from 9/29 – 10/12 along with a statewide voter file-targeted satellite buy of a 3 frequency per week from 9/29 through Election Day.

The UA’s IE for Sara Gideon for Senate in Maine includes 1019 gross ratings points in the Bangor market and 1000 gross ratings points in the Presque Isle media market from 10/6 – 10/19. Statewide voter file-targeted satellite was also purchased at a 4 frequency per week from 10/6 – 10/19.  

The UA’s IE for Xochitl Torres Small in New Mexico’s 2nd congressional district includes 2308 gross ratings points on broadcast television in the El Paso media market, covering the crucial Do?a Ana County portion of the district. District-specific voter file-targeted satellite was also purchased at a 2 frequency per week from 10/13 through Election Day.

The UA’s IE for Abigail Spanberger in Virginia’s 7th congressional district includes 1144 gross ratings points in the Richmond media market from 9/15 – 9/28 along with 935 cable spots over that same period of time. The UA Vote! PAC will also buy digital advertising from 9/15 through Election Day. 

The UA’s IE for Dan Feehan in Minnesota’s 1st congressional district includes 1642 gross rating points on broadcast television in the Mankato media market from 9/29 – 10/12 along with 1939 district-wide cable spots per week and a 4 frequency buy of voter-file targeted district-wide satellite. 

UA Vote! PAC will endorse additional candidates throughout the election cycle, adding them to the targeted list of independent expenditure spending.