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House Majority PAC
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President:Alixandria Lapp, Executive Director and Founder
Chairman:Candace Bryan Abbey, Treasurer
Year created:April 2011
Super PACs

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The House Majority PAC is a Super-PAC with the goal to "help win back the House Majority for Democrats."[1] The organization is a successor to a parent group, the America's Families First Action Fund. "[1]

The mission of the organization listed on its official Facebook page reads:[2]

"House Majority PAC's mission is to help Democrats regain and hold U.S. House seats by competing with the outside groups on the Right and working with progressive allies."[2]

2014 elections

House Majority PAC had $1,056,405.29 cash-on-hand as of May 27, 2013.[3] It raised slightly more than $3 million in the first six months of 2013, the group announced on July 8, 2013.[4]

Targeted incumbents

House Majority PAC announced the following candidates as targets in the 2014 elections:[5][6][7]

Nick Rahall

See also: West Virginia's 3rd congressional district elections, 2014

House Majority PAC launched an ad buy on December 10, 2013, for Nick Rahall (D) in West Virginia's 3rd Congressional District.[8]

The ad ran throughout southern West Virginia for ten days and cost approximately $150,000.[8]

“Right-wing, Koch Brothers-funded groups are spending big to prop up a two-time party-switcher, but Mountaineers know Nick Rahall is a fighter for southern West Virginia,” said Andy Stone, Communications Director for House Majority PAC.[8]

Government shutdown

On October 4, 2013, House Majority PAC launched an ad attacking David Joyce (R-Ohio) on the shutdown.[9] The ad urges viewers to go to TellDaveJoyce.com and sign a petition to tell the congressman "the shutdown was wrong."[9]

“When Dave Joyce didn’t get his way, he decided to throw a temper tantrum and shut down the federal government,” said Andy Stone, communications director for House Majority PAC. “Northeast Ohioans deserve better than Joyce’s childlike behavior and political gamesmanship with the economy.”[9]

It comes as part of a series released attacking the top nine GOP targets for the shutdown. Along with Joyce, the nine others include Gary Miller, Mike Coffman, Rodney Davis, Mike Fitzpatrick, Michael Grimm, Joe Heck, John Kline and Steve Southerland.[9][10][11]

The group launched a $70,000 ad buy against Steve Southerland in October 2013, saying he “should be ashamed” of supporting the shutdown.[12]

“Steve Southerland’s reckless Tea Party government shutdown cost our economy $24 billion, yet rather than back a bipartisan plan to end this manmade debacle, Southerland actually voted to drive our nation off an economic cliff,” House Majority PAC Communications Director Andy Stone said in a press release. "The jobs, retirement accounts and wellbeing of families, seniors and veterans in north and northwest Florida apparently didn’t merit Steve Southerland’s concern – even though Southerland was still getting his taxpayer-funded salary.”[12]

The PAC also targets Speaker Boehner with a similar ad. “Speaker Boehner didn’t get his way and so, like a child, he threw a Tea Party-inspired temper tantrum and shut down the federal government,” said Andy Stone, Communications Director for House Majority PAC. “The American people are sick and tired of the intransigence and manufactured crises that have become all too common from Speaker Boehner and the House Republicans. Speaker Boehner should stop playing politics, end the nonsense and finally focus on the real-life consequences his government shutdown has caused Americans.”[13]

Immigration reform

On July 18, 2013, House Majority PAC announced it would be targeting a trio of vulnerable House Republicans on immigration reform.[14] It will run commercials criticizing Reps. Gary Miller, Mike Coffman and Joe Heck. All three Republicans reside in districts with substantial Hispanic populations.[14][15]

The group will spend $175,000 on the commercials, which will air on Spanish-language broadcast stations in Los Angeles, Denver, and Las Vegas.[14] The ads provide an early preview into how Democrats plan to turn immigration into a key issue in the midterm elections, with the party branding the Republicans as unwilling to embrace reform in districts where Hispanics make up a significant part of the electorate.[14]

The spot targeting Miller says the California congressman “voted against the DREAM Act and to deport 800,000 young immigrants. He even wants to deny citizenship to the children of foreigners born in the U.S. With that record, Gary Miller is the one who needs to go.”[14] In Miller’s 31st District, Hispanics account for 44 percent of the voting age population. In Coffman’s 6th District, they make up 16 percent. In Heck’s 3rd District, Hispanics represent 13 percent.[14]

“Republicans’ extreme records on immigration reform, capped off by their support for deporting DREAM Act-eligible young people, shows just how out of touch they are,” said Andy Stone, a House Majority PAC spokesman. “With the American people looking for a sensible, rational approach to immigration reform, Gary Miller, Mike Coffman and Joe Heck are offering anything but.”[14]

John Kline

House Majority PAC launched its first paid attack on Rep. John Kline (R-Minn.) in June 2013, hammering him for his position in favor of a proposal that Democrats say will exponentially increase student loan rates.[16] The campaign was the first paid attack from House Majority PAC during the 2014 cycle and the first attack on Kline, named as one of the PAC's top 10 targets for 2014.[16]

It launched Facebook posts, a promoted petition using the hashtag #StopScammingStudents and banner ads on local news sites calling for readers to sign a petition to tell the congressman to "stop scamming students," as well as running an ad on Pandora internet radio, targeted to residents of Kline's district.[16]

Campaign ads

October 2013 ad about John Boehner.

October 2013 ad about Mike Coffman.

October 2013 ad about David Joyce.

September 2013 ad about Steve King.

October 2013 ad about Joe Heck.

October 2013 ad about Steve Southerland.

July 2013 ad about Mike Coffman

July 2013 ad about Joe Heck

July 2013 ad about Gary Miller

May 2013 ad about Michele Bachmann

June 2013 ad about John Kline

June 2013 ad "Status Update On Failed GOP Rebrand"

2013 elections

House Majority PAC spent a significant amount, more than $440,000, to boost Elizabeth Colbert-Busch’s unsuccessful bid for a House seat in South Carolina in the special election against former Gov. Mark Sanford (R).[17]

2012 elections

According to the Sunlight Foundation, the House Majority PAC spent $30,752,440 on the 2012 elections. Of those funds, 70.66 percent achieved the desired result, based on Sunlight Foundation analysis.[18] Open Secrets also analyzed the success of 2012 general election cycle spending:[19]

The success rate of House Majority PAC's 2012 spending.


As of May 23, 2012, House Majority PAC had raised $5,890,789 and spent $3,967,110; of that spending, $3,085,204 was in independent expenditures.[20]

The PAC announced on July 10 that its second-quarter 2012 receipts totaled $4.3 million.[21]

In October 2012, the PAC announced $8.4 million of ads in nine states targeted Republican candidates. The nine states are Arizona, Indiana, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Virginia, Ohio, Connecticut and Nevada.[22]

Targeted incumbents

According to Open Secrets.org, the House Majority PAC spent a grand total of $1,798,141 as of April 10, 2012, on the U.S. House elections. All of the spending was against Republican candidates.[23]
Details of that spending can be seen in the chart below.

Name State Status Total Spent
Charles Bass New Hampshire Incumbent $68,831
Ann Marie Buerkle New York Incumbent $6,694
Francisco Canseco Texas Incumbent $7,775
Robert Cornilles Oregon Challenger $297,662
Jane Corwin New York Challenger $373,566
Chip Cravaack Minnesota Incumbent $92,472
Rick Crawford Arkansas Incumbent $14,941
Sean Duffy Wisconsin Incumbent $83,187
Blake Farenthold Texas Incumbent $7,022
Paul Gosar Arizona Incumbent $8,936
Tim Griffin Arkansas Incumbent $61,861
Joe Heck Nevada Incumbent $43,848
Bill Johnson Ohio Incumbent $24,980
Steven King Iowa Incumbent $9,234
Tom Latham Iowa Incumbent $394,744
Dan Lungren California Incumbent $77,577
Bobby Schilling Illinois Incumbent $10,135
Scott Tipton Colorado Incumbent $30,459
Bob Turner New York Incumbent $163,412
Allen West Florida Incumbent $20,805


House Majority PAC spent a grand total of $30,470,122 in the 2012 election. Of that money, $845,144 was spent for Democrats, $0 was against Democrats, $0 was for Republicans, and $29,624,978 was used against Republicans. [24]

Top 10 largest House Majority PAC expenditures in 2012[24]
Candidate Party State Office Total For Against Desired Result
Allen West Republican Party FL House $2,375,691 $0 $2,375,691
Chip Cravaack Republican Party MN House $1,468,799 $0 $1,468,799
Jim Renacci Republican Party OH House $1,381,404 $0 $1,381,404
Nan Hayworth Republican Party NY House $1,045,850 $0 $1,045,850
Robert Dold Republican Party IL House $1,028,241 $0 $1,028,241
Judy Biggert Republican Party IL House $1,021,827 $0 $1,021,827
Mike Coffman Republican Party CO House $962,494 $0 $962,494
Brian Bilbray Republican Party CA House $906,196 $0 $906,196
Randy Altschuler Republican Party NY House $861,810 $0 $861,810
Steven King Republican Party IA House $768,418 $0 $768,418

Campaign ads

January 2012 ad about Tom Latham

January 2012 ad about Rob Cornilles

October 2011 ad about Bill Johnson



The top 5 donors to the House Majority PAC during the 2012 election cycle were:[25]

Top 5 Donors to House Majority PAC, 2012[25]
Occupation/Employer Total From Individuals From Organizations
Newsweb Corp $4,250,000 $4,250,000 $0
Euclidean Capital $1,500,000 $1,500,000 $0
Carpenters & Joiners Union $1,225,000 $0 $1,225,000
Laborers Union $1,167,000 $0 $1,167,000
Paloma Partners $1,150,000 $1,150,000 $0


The top 5 industries donating to the House Majority PAC during the 2012 election cycle were:[26]

Top 5 Donors to House Majority PAC, 2012[26]
Industry Total From Individuals From Organizations
Printing & Publishing $4,807,750 $4,807,750 $0
Building Trade Unions $3,452,500 $0 $3,452,500
Public Sector Unions $2,829,000 $0 $2,829,000
Securities & Investment $2,595,200 $2,550,200 $45,000
Lawyers/Law Firms $2,541,950 $1,921,450 $620,500

Billionaire investor George Soros donated $75,000 to the PAC in 2010.[27]


Its founder, Alixandria Lapp, is a former DCCC official.[28] The group's treasurer, Candace Bryan Abbey, is a former congressional staffer for former Rep. Charlie Wilson (D-Ohio) and former Rep. Tom Lantos (D-Calif.).[28]

Recent news

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External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 Official Website "Accessed April 10, 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 House Majority PAC "Facebook Page," Accessed April 10, 2012
  3. Sunlight Foundation "HOUSE MAJORITY PAC, 2014 CYCLE" Accessed July 16, 2013
  4. The House Majority PAC "House Democrats' super PAC raises $3 million" Accessed July 17, 2013
  5. Roll Call "House Majority PAC Announces Top 2014 GOP Incumbent Targets" Accessed July 16, 2013
  6. The Hill, "Dem super PAC hitting nine House Republicans on shutdown," accessed October 4, 2013
  7. KWTV, "Democratic Group Airs Shutdown Ads Targeting GOP Lawmakers," accessed October 4, 2013
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 The House Majority PAC, "House Majority PAC To Air WV-03 Ad," accessed December 11, 2013
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 The Hill, "House Majority PAC hits Rep. Joyce with crying baby ad," accessed October 4, 2013
  10. The Hill, "Dem super PAC hitting nine House Republicans on shutdown," accessed October 4, 2013
  11. KWTV, "Democratic Group Airs Shutdown Ads Targeting GOP Lawmakers," accessed October 4, 2013
  12. 12.0 12.1 Saint Peters Blog, "House Majority PAC launches new TV ad against incumbent Steve Southerland," accessed October 21, 2013
  13. The House Majority PAC, "House Majority PAC To Air TV Ad Hitting Speaker John Boehner For His Government Shutdown Temper Tantrum," accessed October 7, 2013
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 14.4 14.5 14.6 Politico "Ads target 3 House Republicans on immigration" Accessed July 18, 2013
  15. The House Majority PAC "Press Release" Accessed July 19, 2013
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 The Hill "House Majority PAC launching first paid attack against Kline on student loans" Accessed July 17, 2013
  17. Politico "House Democrats' super PAC raises $3 million" Accessed July 16, 2013
  18. Sunlight Foundation "Outside spenders' return on investment," November 14, 2012
  19. Open Secrets, "House Majority PAC," accessed July 16, 2013
  20. Open Secrets "2012 PAC Summary Data," July 9, 2012
  21. House Majority PAC "House Majority PAC announces $4.3 million second quarter fundraising haul," July 10, 2012
  23. Open Secrets, "House Majority PAC Independent Expenditures," Accessed April 10, 2012
  24. 24.0 24.1 Open Secrets "House Majority PAC Recipients, 2012," Accessed July 16, 2013
  25. 25.0 25.1 Open Secrets "Top Organizations Donating to House Majority PAC, 2012," Accessed July 16, 2013
  26. 26.0 26.1 Open Secrets "Contributions to House Majority PAC Industry Breakdown, 2012," Accessed July 16, 2013
  27. The Fiscal Times "Key Democratic Donors Turned Off by PAC Tactics," April 8, 2012
  28. 28.0 28.1 Open Secrets "House Majority PAC" Accessed July 17, 2013