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U.S. Chamber Of Commerce To Run Ads In Favor Of WV GOP Candidates

Reported by: Send eMail Heath Harrison
Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Also Contributing: Associated Press
Reported: Dec. 5, 2013 4:07 PM EST
Updated: Dec. 5, 2013 7:03 PM EST

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Washington, D.C.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is airing ads for two Republican candidates in West Virginia as it ramps up its political activity for next year's congressional elections.

According to the Associated Press, the Chamber's ad backing U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., focuses on the issue of coal. The Chamber's spot claims the Obama administration is waging "a war on coal" and touts Capito as a "strong conservative."

Capito is running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., who announced his plans to retire. She is considered the frontrunner for the Republican nomination for the seat and is expected to face off against West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant in the general election.

The Chamber is also planning to run ads in the race for West Virginia 2nd Congressional District, where state Sen. Evan Jenkins is challenging incumbent U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va.

The Chamber's ad in that race focuses on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or, as the spot refers to it, "Obamacare."

The ad criticizes Rahall's support of the Affordable Care Act. Rahall is seeking a 20th term in the U.S. House. Jenkins recently switched his registration from Democrat to Republican to run against Rahall.

Following the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling, which changed the rules on corporate, association and union money in elections, the Chamber is able to spend an unlimited amount on ads supporting candidates.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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