Crossroads GPS up with million dollar buy
April 24th, 2012
03:09 PM ET
2 years ago

Crossroads GPS up with million dollar buy

(CNN) – The conservative group Crossroads GPS said Tuesday it was spending $1.2 million to air television ads in five states with competitive races for the U.S. Senate.

Nate Hodson, a spokesman for the group, said the ads would air in Montana, Missouri, Nevada, North Dakota and Virginia.

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Senate races in those states are considered up for grabs. In Montana, incumbent Democratic Sen. Jon Tester faces re-election, and the slate of Republicans vying for the GOP Senate nomination includes the state's sole congressman, Republican Rep. Denny Rehberg.

Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill faces a tough re-election in her state, where Republicans vying to oppose her include Rep. Todd Akin, who represents suburbs of St. Louis.

In Nevada, Republican Sen. Dean Heller is running for a full term after being appointed to the seat following the resignation of former Sen. John Ensign. His Democratic rival, Rep. Shelley Berkley, represents the state's first Congressional district.

North Dakota Sen. Kent Conrad, a Democrat, will retire at the end of his term, opening up a race between the Democratic Senate nominee Heidi Heitkamp, a former state attorney general, and Rep. Rick Berg, the state's Republican congressman.

Virginia's Senate race will pit former Gov. Tim Kaine, who also served as chairman on the Democratic National Committee, against a Republican selected in a primary in June. Former Sen. George Allen, who lost his re-election in 2006, is considered a favorite for the Republican spot.

Crossroads GPS, along with its affiliated super PAC American Crossroads, has brought in just under $100 million since the start of 2011, an official with the group said last week. In the past three months the groups' combined fundraising totaled $49 million.

Earlier this month the group went up with both TV commercials and radio ads that were critical of President Barack Obama.

– CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.


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soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    GOP is full of idiots. True.

    April 24, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  2. Michael

    Gurgyl is an idiot. True.

    April 24, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  3. mcskadittle

    It seems sad that while millions of people are out of work and or losing their homes, they think nothing spending 100's of millions of dollars to get to washington. Why would they stop spending when they get there

    April 24, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  4. Larry L

    Crossroads GPS is yet another trophy of the right-wing, activist U.S. Supreme Court. The 1% believes they can can buy every politician in America if they throw enough negative political lies at the TV.

    April 24, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  5. gaylon38

    Not with the taxpayer's money, they'd better not.

    April 24, 2012 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  6. PJ/TX

    Everytime I see this kind of report, it makes my blood boil. Thanks to the right-wing side of the SCOTUS' ruling that
    anybody, any corporation, any Country can contribute any amount of money, anonymously, to American
    campaigns they all but removed the people's voice from elections, and worse, they are probably proud of themselves.
    Well, they have lost my respect and gained my disgust. While both sides are raising obnoxious amounts of money,
    the difference is one side went to Court for this ruling and as a result the other side has to fight back. Hopefully
    the voter can overcome this "America for sale" statute and keep the best man for the job where he is: In the
    White House.
    If any Republican, at any time, had shown any courage that they know compromise is not a dirty word, but a
    healing word, I would have said, now there is a real patriot. This money could feed countless children, and
    hurting families, health care for children who are so desperate, the possibilities are endless.
    Instead we hear day after day, hateful words, lies, deceit, and shamless attacks that make me cringe.
    And they call themselves "Christians".

    April 24, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  7. sonny chapman

    The Great American Middle Class; it's days are numbered. Devoured by Greedy Corporate America; a beast that can not be satisfied & has no conscious.

    April 24, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  8. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    I don't care what they waste their money on just don't show up at my church, I finally started going back to Mass. You can come in and pray if you want to but stay the hell away from the pulpit Crossroads.

    April 24, 2012 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    For all we know anti-Obama commercials like these could be bought and paid for by foreign nationals.

    April 24, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  10. kayla

    it would be better to put that money to better use, than to waste it on trying to beat the prez, cause it won't happen.
    not with the stiff you have running against president obama.

    April 24, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  11. Carrie

    We must do whatever is necessary to get Team MORMON / JACK MORMON elected in 2012. Go Bishop Romney / Rubes 2012

    April 24, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  12. king

    aahhh these right winged ediots, who want to take money from the spenders in our economy and give to the rich, so they can suck money from our economy and put trillions in some bank over seas. where do these fools come from.

    April 24, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  13. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    @ kayla
    not with the stiff you have running against president obama
    -------------------------------------------------
    What a great descriptive word for Robmey: stiff!
    He is isn't he?! lol!

    April 24, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |