Crossroads GPS announced yet another multi-state ad buy this week, this one totaling roughly $4.7 million. According to CNN, the spots will target Democratic Senate candidates in six states: Ohio, Nevada, Virginia, Missouri, Wisconsin and Montana. The group, a 501(c)(4) backed by conservative strategist Karl Rove, has already spent millions opposing Sen. Jon Tester under the guise of "issue advocacy." While the ads appear as nothing short of blatant attacks, Crossroads GPS stops short of directly supporting or opposing a candidate. In doing so, the group has managed to avoid disclosing the lion's share of its ad buys to the Federal Election Commission.
The left has had enough. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee fired back at Crossroads GPS this week in its own web video, claiming that the group's push to secure a Republican majority in the Senate is part of "a dangerous agenda" to slash social welfare programs and award huge tax breaks to the wealthy. This "new majority agenda," the ad says, is backed by "dark money groups" from the Texas energy industry to casino moguls to billionaire Republican donors.
The DSCC also spent $107,604.07 on a recent ad attacking Tester-challenger Rep. Denny Rehberg for repeatedly voting in favor of Congressional pay raises. View that ad, as well as Crossroads GPS's latest attack on Tester, below the fold.