These are the first ads Crossroads has run in the new year, although they did go up on the air during December's debate over whether to extend the Bush tax cuts.
"While Republican representatives are being held accountable for pushing a partisan plan to cut 40 percent in education funds and cost us American jobs, big money special interests are lining up to protect their investment," DCCC spokesman Jesse Ferguson said in response to the ads. "As much as they try to distract from the plans, special interest groups like this one can't hide Republican's dangerous plan that would make us less competitive and hurt our economy at the worst possible time. The question is, what does American Crossroads expect for their protection of these House Republicans."
But there's evidence that even the small buy had an impact on at least one member. As Swing State Project pointed out, the pressure from Democrats did get Rep. Robert Hurt (R-Va.) to dial back his push for such deep infrastructure cuts. Hurt's on the Republican Study Committee, who has looked at such proposals, but he said this week that, just "because I'm a member of that committee, somehow that means that I want to cut education by 40 percent or something like that. I mean it's just totally made up out of whole cloth. I don't know where its coming from."