Washington (CNN) – An independent Republican group that was a major player in the midterm elections says it's going up with radio ads in 22 House districts in the battle over the federal budget.
The spots, by American Crossroads GPS, target 12 House Democrats for voting against a House Republican bill to fund the government from March through October. The ads also praise ten GOP representatives for voting in favor of the legislation. The bill, which passed Saturday by a 235 to 189 margin, basically along party lines, slashes more than $60 billion in federal funding for the seven months remaining in the 2011 fiscal year.
American Crossroads says it will spend more than $450,000 to run the ads.
"Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi spent two years on an undisciplined spending spree, and as the new Congress begins to clean up their fiscal mess, these spots will help frame the policy debate with free market, limited government solutions," American Crossroads Communications Director Jonathan Collegio tells CNN.
The fight over spending now moves to the Senate, but with President Obama already issuing a veto threat of the House bill and Senate Democratic leaders calling the cuts "extreme," the possibility of a government shutdown looms. Only nine days remain before the current resolution funding federal agencies expires.
"Rather than cut taxpayer subsidies for Big Oil, House Republicans backed dangerous cuts to American research and education, cut COPS and assistance for homeless veterans, so it's no surprise Big Oil-backed groups are coming to their aid," Jesse Ferguson, press secretary for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, told CNN in response.
The ads are American Crossroads' second big ad buy of the cycle. Earlier this month, the group spent nearly $100,000 to run radio spots in 19 House GOP districts where the DCCC went up with ads attacking those Republican lawmakers for voting to cut education and research funding.
American Crossroads, a 527 organization that must disclose its donors, and Crossroads GPS, a 501(c)(4) group, which in not required to disclose its contributors, raised more than $70 million combined in last year's midterm election cycle.
Jesse Ferguson, DCCC – "Rather than cut taxpayer subsidies for Big Oil, House Republicans backed dangerous cuts to American research and education, cut COPS and assistance for homeless veterans, so it's no surprise Big Oil-backed groups are coming to their aid."
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Districts where the ads are running: