The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is putting $500,0000 into the 13th Congressional District race with an ad going after Democrat David Gill for his support of President Obama's health care overhaul and for a plan that "raises taxes on job creators."
The advertising campaign boosts to $1.79 million the total amount of money spent by so-called "independent" groups in the three-way race featuring Republican Rodney Davis, Democrat Gill and independent John Hartman. Other independent groups in the race include the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the National Republican Congressional Committee, the American Action Network, the New Prosperity Foundation and the Service Emplouees Internbational Union.
The new 13th District runs in an arc from Champaign-Urbana southwest to the Illinois suburbs of St. Louis, and includes Decatur and Springfield and parts of Bloomington and Normal.
Here's a look at the chamber's ad ...
It's part of a campaign by the chamber against a number of Democratic congressional candidates, including Brad Schneider, also in Illinois.