The conservative super PAC American Crossroads and its issue advocacy arm, Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies (GPS), launched an $8 million ad blitz today featuring eight new television ads attacking Democratic Senate candidates in swing states.
The ads will air on local broadcast and cable networks in Montana, Wisconsin, Indiana, Maine, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio and Virginia. All are races in which the conservative group has spent heavily this cycle.
The ads in Montana and Wisconsin, a $2.2 million buy from American Crossroads, focus on the Democrats' congressional records. The Montana spot attacks Sen. Jon Tester for accepting campaign donations from lobbyists and helping big banks. And in Wisconsin, the group attacks Rep. Tammy Baldwin for taking tax dollars out of Wisconsin to pay for the stimulus.
The six ads purchased by the Crossroads GPS, worth $5.8 million, focus on tax increases. And each spot is tailored to specific state issues and works to tie the incumbents to President Obama's record.
Another ad attacks Angus King, I-Maine, for recommending his own windmill company for taxpayer funds while slashing state budgets.
The group's Nevada ad highlights a Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington report that calls Democratic Rep. Shelley Berkley one of the most corrupt members of Congress.
An Ohio spot clobbers Sen. Sherrod Brown for "dragging down" his state's economy with higher taxes.
And Virginia's Tim Kaine takes a hit for supporting defense cuts.
The sizeable buy underscores a determined Republican effort to reclaim the Senate majority. Democrats currently hold the advantage in the upper chamber, 53-47, counting the independents who caucus with them. The GOP has to defend all their open seats and win three or four more to control the chamber, a prospect that's looking increasingly unlikely.