Super PAC tied to former NYC mayor injects nearly $1 million into Seventh Congressional District race

Carolyn Bourdeaux

A super PAC tied to former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg spent nearly $1 million over the weekend in support of Carolyn Bourdeaux's bid to unset U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall, R-Ga., according to federal election records.

Documents on the Federal Elections Commission’s website show Independence USA PAC made two expenditures in support of Bourdeaux, the Democratic Party candidate in the Seventh Congressional District race, between Friday and Saturday. The expenditures totaled $933,450 and were earmarked in reports for television advertising for Bourdeaux.

The first expenditure of $912,850, which was made Friday, is intended to be used to buy airtime on TV. The subsequent $20,600 expenditure made Saturday is designated to cover production costs for the ad.

It’s part of a major television advertising campaign by the PAC, which was established by Bloomberg, to support Democrats in the midterm elections.

On the same day that the first expenditure in support of Bourdeaux was made, Independence USA PAC announced a $10 million national TV ad buy, its first one, to run an ad on TV stations across the country, and online, encouraging voters to “vote for a Democratic Congress.”

“It’s clearer than ever that we need a new Congress,” Bloomberg said in a statement released by the PAC. “With the midterm elections less than two weeks away, we’re taking this message from coast to coast and urging voters to elect Democrats to the House and Senate.”

The ad can be viewed on the PAC’s website at

The Seventh Congressional District race is one of several congressional races around the country that is getting attention nationally after Democrats made it one of their targets for flipping in the Congressional midterm elections.

A bipartisan poll released last week showed that while Woodall was leading Bourdeaux, he had still not broken the 50 percent threshold yet.

FEC records show Bourdeaux’s campaign has raised more than $2.4 million between the primary and general election seasons, and had $684,826 in cash on hand as of Oct. 17. Meanwhile, Woodall had received more than $1.09 million and $489,242.64 in cash on hand as of that date.

Independence USA PAC is not the only group that has spent money to support Bouradeaux in recent days.

MoveOn.Org spent $18,293 on digital advertising for the candidate on Facebook on Oct. 23, according to FEC records. The records also show the New American Leaders Action Fund spent $20,833 on voter calls in support of Bourdeaux on Oct. 1.

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I'm a Crawford Long baby who grew up in Marietta and eventually wandered to the University of Southern Mississippi for college. Earned a BA in journalism (double minor in political science and history). Previously worked in Florida and Clayton County.

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