Published Friday, Aug. 20, 2010 | 3:12 p.m.
Updated Friday, Aug. 20, 2010 | 3:28 p.m.
Republican House candidate Joe Heck will soon get his first campaign commercial of the season, but he won't know when it will run or even what it will say until it hits the airwaves.
That's because the independent expenditures arm of the National Republican Congressional Committee is paying for and producing the ad.
The NRCC committed $22 million of advertising to candidates in 41 congressional districts. Campaign finance law prevents the NRCC from discussing details about the ad with Heck.
Heck is challenging freshman Democratic Rep. Dina Titus to represent Nevada's Congressional District 3. Titus this week debuted her first official campaign commercial, focused on housing foreclosures.
"This district is definitely a district that is one of our top priorities," NRCC spokeswoman Joanna Burgos said. "We see Dina Titus as one of the most vulnerable members of Congress. This is definitely a district where you'll see us try to take advantage of every opportunity."
Recent polls show Heck and Titus in a virtual dead heat.
Money from Washington will certainly help Heck, who has a huge fundraising disadvantage. As of the most recent campaign finance filings in June, Heck had $362,138 in his campaign coffers, while Titus had $1.2 million.