One Nation Tops $6 Million to Boost Portman

The Republican-backing group One Nation is going big for Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, announcing a two-month, $4.8 million advertising campaign to support his tough re-election campaign.

On Friday, the group – launched by Steven Law, a former top aide to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell – released a spot highlighting his opposition to the president’s health care law, focusing on changes to the Medicare Part B program.

“Senator Rob Portman has battled Obama every step of the way and we are joining his fight against Obama’s dangerous new Medicare scheme,” said Steven Law, the group’s president. Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is supportive of the plan, according to an outside adviser to the campaign.

With the latest ad, the group has spent around $6 million in Ohio, a spokesman said – second only to the amount it has spent to assist Sen. Kelly Ayotte in New Hampshire, who is being opposed for re-election by Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan.

The Ohio ad is part of a $16 million spending program One Nation announced earlier this week to help vulnerable Republicans in their re-election efforts.

Earlier in the week, the group announced a $1.5 million advertising buy in Missouri to help Sen. Roy Blunt, who is facing a tough challenger in Secretary of State Jason Kander, a Democrat, as well as a $4.6 million for Ayotte.