Sen. Rand Paul’s political action committee is going up with its first on-air television advertising on behalf of Kansas GOP Sen. Pat Roberts, RAND PAC announced Monday evening.
Paul (R-Ky.), a likely 2016 contender, has made frequent appearances on the midterm campaign circuit as a surrogate, and now his PAC is hitting the Kansas airwaves with a six-figure ad buy on behalf of Roberts, who is locked in a close race against independent Senate candidate Greg Orman.
RAND PAC had $242,000 on hand as of October 15, according to its most recent FEC filing, but Doug Stafford, the group’s executive director, told POLITICO Monday night that it has since raised an additional $300,000.
RAND PAC announced in a release that it plans to dip into Senate races in Kentucky, North Carolina and the early-voting presidential states of New Hampshire and Iowa.
The spot hits on a favorite theme of the libertarian-leaning Paul, praising Roberts for opposing foreign aid to countries “where radicals storm our embassies, burn our flag and kill our diplomats” — a position held by Paul, and one over which he has clashed before with other more hawkish members of his party.
“Pat Roberts: Fighting for our American home by bringing our tax dollars home,” the spot says.
Paul will make three stops in Kansas on Tuesday to campaign for Roberts and GOP Gov. Sam Brownback, who is in a neck-and-neck race with Democrat Paul Davis.
RAND PAC said the buy will amount to six figures on broadcast, cable and online — starting Tuesday and running through Election Day. So far, they have spent nearly $70,000 on television ads in the Wichita market, according to ad trackers.
The group is also spending $16,000 in each of the following Senate races, Federal Election Commission filings show: Iowa, Kentucky, New Hampshire and North Carolina.