Politics

Klobuchar Super PAC Launches Six-Figure Ad Buys in South Carolina, Super Tuesday States

A super PAC backing Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar (Minn.) will run ads in South Carolina and Super Tuesday states to argue for the senator's ability to win over states Trump carried in 2016.

The Kitchen Table Conversations PAC announced in a Tuesday press release that it secured six-figure media buys in South Carolina and Super Tuesday states. Ads will run in those states highlighting how Klobuchar "brought Democrats and Republicans together" and won Kittson County, Minnesota, by 16 points. Donald Trump carried the county in 2016.

The super PAC's new ads follow the group's seven-figure ad buy in Nevada. The PAC was formed on Feb. 14 and is the only such committee backing Klobuchar's candidacy—a much-needed boost to a campaign that reported just $2.9 million cash on hand at the end of January. As a super PAC, it can collect and spend unlimited sums of money.

Klobuchar received another injection of funds following her third-place finish in the New Hampshire primary. Klobuchar's campaign said it collected $12 million in donations in the days following the primary.

Other Democratic presidential contenders are facing a cash crunch. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), a vocal opponent of super PACs, reversed course after her campaign reported just $2.3 million cash on hand—the Persist PAC was launched last week to help her candidacy.

"If all the candidates want to get rid of super PACs, count me in," Warren told reporters in Nevada after the super PAC was announced. "I'll lead the charge. But that's how it has to be. It can't be the case that a bunch of people keep them and only one or two don't."

Warren had boasted at an earlier debate that she and Klobuchar were the only two candidates not receiving help from super PACs or outside groups.