Let the Air Wars Begin: Bush-Backing Super-PAC Readying TV Commercials?

Or Are Production and Placement Funds Going Toward Web?

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One day after an outside group backing John Kasich's presidential bid made eye-popping early ad buys in New Hampshire, there are signs that a super-PAC supporting rival Jeb Bush is preparing to do the same.

In paperwork filed Wednesday with the Federal Election Commission, Right to Rise USA reported spending $47,000 for media production and placement, an indication that the group has ads in the works. The filings say the ads will oppose Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton and be placed in New Hampshire and Iowa, the two states where the first ballots of the presidential election will be cast early next year.

It's unclear, however, whether the spending signals a larger television buy or an Internet-only ad campaign.

The spending report from Right to Rise USA was its first in the 2016 election since it organized in January. The PAC by July 31 will give a full accounting of its donors and spending through June 30.

Super-PACs may raise funds in unlimited amounts to pay for "independent expenditures," which the FEC defines as spending that directly advocates for the election or defeat of a clearly identified candidate. The spending can't be coordinated with a campaign.

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