When establishment Republicans want to crush the conservative grass roots they turn to the American Action Network, which is the 501(c)4 arm of Douglas Holtz-Eakin’s American Action Forum. Last April, when Tea Party favorite Richard Mourdock challenged then-Sen. Dick Lugar, R-Ind., in the Republican primary, the American Action Network went to bat for the ethanol-loving Lugar with a $600,000 ad buy in Indianapolis attacking Mourdock for “accepting illegal tax breaks.”
AAN would later tell Politico that its ad campaign did successfully damage Mourdock in Indianapolis, but that he was just too popular statewide to beat in the end.
Now AAN is back again, this time with an ad supporting the Schumer-Rubio amnesty bill set for Senate Judiciary Committee markup on Thursday. AAN told Roll Call that it plans to spend $500,000 airing the ad until the Judiciary Committee votes this week.