New spots in 2014 Senate ad wars
February 12th, 2014
10:27 AM ET
7 months ago

New spots in 2014 Senate ad wars

*updated at 1:00pm

Washington (CNN) - They are two of the hottest battlegrounds in the 2014 fight for control of the U.S. Senate.

And Wednesday a leading pro-Democratic group said it's going up with TV commercials in North Carolina and Arkansas that target Republicans challenging incumbent Democratic Sens. Kay Hagan and Mark Pryor, who face tough re-elections this year.

Patriot Majority USA says it's launching the ads "to combat the waves of money flooding in from the Koch Brothers and other right wing outside groups."

The conservative group Americans for Prosperity, backed by the deep pockets of the billionaire industrialist brothers, David and Charles Koch, has spent more than $8 million since October to run spots in North Carolina, and earlier this month AFP started going up with commercials against Pryor in Arkansas.

The new ad in North Carolina, titled "Bad Company," highlights how Republican state House Speaker "Thom Tillis sides with health insurance companies," said a statement from Patriot Majority. Tillis is considered to be the leading candidate among the GOP hopefuls hoping to unseat Hagan in North Carolina.

The spot in Arkansas highlights how Rep. Tom Cotton was the only lawmaker in the state's congressional delegation to vote against the Farm Bill. Cotton, a freshman congressman who's considered a rising star in the GOP, is the party's likely Senate nominee to challenge Pryor.

Patriot Majority USA tells CNN they plan to spend around $500,000 in North Carolina and some $300,000 in Arkansas to run the commercials over the next three weeks.

AFP, which has spent more than $25 million since last autumn to criticize Democratic senators up for re-election and Democratic Senate candidates, announced Wednesday that it was going up with a new spot in Louisiana that attacks Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu for her continued support for the health care law. AFP says the ad will run for the next three weeks and calls the buy "significant."

(note: an earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that the new AFP ad was targeting Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire)

The Democrats currently have a 55-45 majority in the Senate (53 Democrats and two independents who caucus with the party), but are defending 21 of the 36 seats up for grabs in November's midterm elections. And half of the seats the Democrats are defending are located in red or purple states.


Filed under: 2014 • Arkansas • Jeanne Shaheen • Kay Hagan • New Hampshire • North Carolina • Sen. Mark Pryor • Senate
soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    Why don't these super PACs just start their own fake cable news channel, instead? Oh, somebody's already thought of that?

    February 12, 2014 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  2. carlos

    Why does big money get to influence so many elections? Why can't I get an absentee ballot for every election in the country? Where's my free speech?

    February 12, 2014 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  3. Thomas

    David and Charles Koch, has spent more than $8 million since October to run spots in North Carolina.

    We need to raise Taxes on affluent wasteful spending individuals who use there wealth only for there own influence .

    I have only one Vote .

    February 12, 2014 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  4. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ lee&rubio 24billion dallar LOSS of your tax money conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Just remember when you see these commercials , where they come from, usually from the Koch GOP CLOWNS or tom delay and dick armey or Jim the teaparty pope dimint or Carl rove. So vote the opposit of what they tell you to do and turn THEIR MONEY AGAINEST THEM. If the GOP is AGAINEST it, IT MUST BE GOOD FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO VOTE FOR IT!!!!!!

    February 12, 2014 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  5. vic , nashville ,tn

    “Give America a Raise” best election slogan so far, democrats must stick on that

    February 12, 2014 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  6. Lizzie

    Nice, you have a problem with the Koch bothers, but you endorse George Soros and the Unions when they spend millions running ads against the opposition

    February 12, 2014 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  7. Rudy NYC

    Lizzie

    Nice, you have a problem with the Koch bothers, but you endorse George Soros and the Unions when they spend millions running ads against the opposition
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    Let's play a game, "Name That Ad"? Can you name just one? Can you?

    February 12, 2014 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  8. Fair is Fair

    Rudy NYC

    Why don't these super PACs just start their own fake cable news channel, instead? Oh, somebody's already thought of that?
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    Someone did indeed. It's called MSNBC.

    February 12, 2014 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  9. The REAL Truth...

    @Fair is Fair
    Rudy NYC

    Why don't these super PACs just start their own fake cable news channel, instead? Oh, somebody's already thought of that?
    --–
    Someone did indeed. It's called MSNBC.
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    So why is the right wing propaganda outlet known as Faux Noise but considers itself fair and balanced? Give MSNBC full credit for not pretending to be something they are not.. unlike FNC.

    February 12, 2014 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    "Why don't these super PACs just start their own fake cable news channel, instead? Oh, somebody's already thought of that?"

    Someone did indeed. It's called MSNBC.
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    Fox and MSNBC were launched in 1996 within months of each other, and Fox is the younger network. However, it was readily apparent from the start that Fox News Channel was a vehicle for conservative poltical candidates to place ads on a nationally televised network, 24/7. MSNBC did not begin leaning toward the left until nearly a decade later following the swift boating of John Kerry, which was mainly carried out on Fox.

    February 12, 2014 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  11. xray vision

    You have no choice but to run negative ads, you have nothing to run on. When shutting down the government is your only successful accomplishment, your left with few options.

    February 12, 2014 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  12. tom l

    @Fair,

    Darnit! You beat me to it. :) If you want some fun, read Rudy's comments in the first Rand Paul article and see how confused the "moderate" is. You should find it entertaining and probably get a laugh.

    February 12, 2014 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  13. much thunder...little rain

    any senator with obama next to him is all the gop needs to show..... i think all of those senators voted for harry reeds bill to fast path judges ....is a winner for the gop too

    February 12, 2014 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC

    tom l

    @Fair,

    Darnit! You beat me to it. If you want some fun, read Rudy's comments in the first Rand Paul article and see how confused the "moderate" is. You should find it entertaining and probably get a laugh.
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    Actually, tom, your attempts to engage someone about an article that you misconstrued is what is hilarious. The administration is not plotting with Al Qaeda to kill Americans. If that is what you believe, then follow my advice and bunker down somewhere. Make sure you disconnect your internet, your cell phone, your cable tv, your satellite radio and tv, and your microwave oven, so that the NSA cannot trace you.

    February 12, 2014 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |