Crossroads GPS, the nonprofit affiliate of the GOP-aligned super PAC, is launching an $1.2 million ad blitz against five Democratic Senate candidates on Tuesday, using its early financial advantage to attack the candidates' records on spending and taxes.
The ads are targeted against Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev., former Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine, and former North Dakota Attorney General Heidi Heitkamp.
Including this buy, the group's non-profit arm has spent $8.3 million on issue ads against Senate Democratic candidates so far this cycle, dating back to the summer of 2011. This is the sixth multi-state Senate buy that Crossroads GPS has launched; they've also hit individual senators, like McCaskill, in separate spots over the last year.
Both American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS are cash-flush heading into the 2012 elections, and are preparing to spend significant money in key battleground states, having raised over $100 million so far this election cycle.