Rove’s Dark Money Group Targets 5 Senate Dems

Crossroads GPS, the shadowy outside spending group connected to Karl Rove, has rolled out the latest installment of its multi-million dollar ad blitz, unveiling a television campaign attacking five Democratic senators.

The group, which announced a $20 million ad campaign focused on spending and the national debt last month, spent $5 million on the first phase of the campaign last month; now it’s dropping $7 million on ads targeting Sens. Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Ben Nelson of Nebraska, Bill Nelson of Florida, and Jon Tester of Montana (via The Ticket).

The ads attack the lawmakers for voting for “sky-rocking debt, the failed stimulus, and Obamacare.” Here’s the ad that’s running in Florida:

The group is also running national ads in 11 states that feature a woman tossing and turning in bed at 3:01 a.m. She states that that while she supported Obama in 2008 because “he spoke so beautifully,” she’s now worried about her parents, children, and the national debt. Here’s the ad:

And just think—there’s still nearly 16 months until the election!

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