A conservative dark money group will spend nearly $1.2 million in three New Jersey congressional districts in a bid to convince four congressmen to oppose legislation that would allow the federal government to negotiate prices for some prescription drugs and health care costs.
The American Action Network will spend $700,000 on TV and digital ads and phone calls in the 7th district, where Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes) won re-election by a margin of just 1% in 2020, telling voters to call Malinowski and “tell him to stop (Nancy) Pelosi’s Socialist drug takeover plan.”
The group will also spend $400,000 to run the same ad in the 3rd district, where Rep. Andy Kim (D-Moorestown) is preparing to seek re-election to a third term.
In districts represented by Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff) and Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-Long Branch), spending will be at $45,000 in each place.
“Breakthrough American innovation is giving us the tools to end this pandemic and get our lives back to normal,” said AAN President Dan Conston. “Nevertheless, Pelosi is pushing a socialist takeover of the prescription drug industry that will reduce access to lifesaving medications, cancel new cures for the patients who need them and send American innovation overseas.”
Pallone, the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, is the sponsor of the Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act he introduced in Congress last month. The proposal that would allow the government to negotiate the cost of prescription drugs.
According to Pallone, the measure would save the federal government roughly $456 billion over the next decade.
“Liberals in Congress should abandon this radical plan and take up bipartisan reforms like H.R. 19 that will reduce the cost of prescriptions without threatening access to the medicine patients need,” Conston said.
More than a quarter of the group’s $4 million ad buy will be spent in New Jersey.
The American Action Network is run by former Republican National Committee Deputy Chairman Fred Malek and Norm Coleman, a former U.S. Senator from Minnesota.
The group spent money against Kim and Malinowski in 2020.