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Another Crossroads ad targets Sen. Bill Nelson



UPDATE: Nelson's office responds. See the jump.

Crossroads GPS is launching a second ad against Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson. The spot blames Nelson for higher taxes and spending while Americans struggle to find jobs and pay more for gas and groceries.

The "reckless spending" cited in the ad, though, is a bipartisan affair, as Republicans also ran up budgets in the George W. Bush era. The ad buy in Florida is $560,000. Ads are also playing against Sens. Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Jon Tester of Montana, Ben Nelson of Nebraska and Sherrod Brown of Ohio.

On Sunday, we looked at the rise of the third-party expenditure groups like Crossroads GPS and affiliate American Crossroads, which plan to spend $20 million in July and August alone. Story here.

Nelson spokesman Dan McLaughlin says: "Some bloke sets up a shadowy front group funded by a handful of partisans with buckets of money. None of them will ever have to face Florida voters. But they run tons of TV attack ads that intentionally distort Sen. Nelson’s attempts to get a responsible budget. Welcome to politics and democracy post-Supreme Court decision that money is free speech."


[Last modified: Tuesday, July 26, 2011 11:04am]


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