Washington (CNN) – The Democratic and Republican Congressional fundraising arms launched campaigns Wednesday targeting vulnerable candidates ahead of the 2012 election.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) will run automated phone calls, web ads and emails throughout the week aimed at 50 House Republicans for "backing partisan plans that make the wrong budget choices."
The automated phone calls criticize Republican lawmakers for supporting plans that will cut government funding, including jobs and infrastructure funding.
"We have to cut spending and reduce the deficit, but House Republicans are making the wrong choices by asking middle class families to shoulder all of the sacrifice while not asking Big Oil companies making record profits to sacrifice anything," Jesse Ferguson, spokesman for the DCCC said in a statement.
On Wednesday, the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) released automated phone calls directed at ten incumbent House members who voted for the stimulus and against the GOP-backed bill to fund the government for the remainder of the fiscal year.
"You thought Matheson would've learned his lesson after his big-spending stimulus failed, but last week he voted against a budget bill that actually cut spending," the call says.
"In voting for the stimulus, Matheson turned his back on his constituents and instead lent his support to his party's platform of big spending and preserving the status quo in Washington," NRCC Communications Director Paul Lindsay said referencing Utah Democrat Jim Matheson, who is one of the targeted representatives. "Matheson again proved he would rather toe his party's line when he voted against a budget proposal last week that would cut spending and lower the debt burden for middle-class American families."
- CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report