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GOP groups pushing California Republicans to back House tax bill

California Republicans have been largely united on the House tax bill, but with pressure building through ads by a host of concerned groups, two conservative political action committees went up Monday with new ads encouraging them to back the plan.

The $1.5 million in television and online ads from American Action Network, a super PAC connected with House Speaker Paul Ryan, target 23 Republicans in California, Illinois, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. The California members are Reps. Jeff Denham of Turlock, David Valadao of Hanford, Steve Knight of Palmdale, Mimi Walters of Irvine and Darrell Issa of Vista.

The ads target some Republicans in high tax states who have said they have concerns about ending certain deductions, like the mortgage interest deduction and the state and local tax deduction. Issa is the only California Republican who has said he cannot back the bill unless changes are made.

Half a dozen Democratic groups are running ads of their own pressuring the GOP members not to back the bill, but these are some of the first efforts by Republicans to shore up support through ads in the Golden State.

A similar ad urging four House Republicans to "keep your promise and vote yes on tax reform" will air on cable and radio. The ads by pro-Trump PAC 45Committee will target Issa, Denham and Knight.

The House is scheduled to vote on the tax bill Thursday before members leave for Thanksgiving.

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