First on CNN: Pro-Democratic group goes up with big buy in key Senate contest
August 21st, 2014
08:40 AM ET
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First on CNN: Pro-Democratic group goes up with big buy in key Senate contest

(CNN) - The leading outside group supporting Democrats in this year's battle for control of the Senate says it's putting big bucks behind a new ad that attacks the GOP challenger in North Carolina, home to one of the most crucial races.

CNN has learned that the Senate Majority PAC will launch a new television commercial Thursday that slams North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis over state education cuts. He's the Republican Senate nominee who's challenging first term Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan. If the GOP can flip the seat in North Carolina and five others, without losing any ground, they will win control of the Senate in November's midterm elections.

"When it comes to education, Thom Tillis is gambling with our future. As Speaker, he cut nearly $500 million from education, eliminating 9,000 teaching positions, and overcrowding classrooms. Now he promises more lottery money for education. We've heard that broken promise before. Meanwhile Tillis gives tax breaks for yacht and private jet owners," says the narrator in the spot. "Thom Tillis, for wealthy backers, tax breaks. For North Carolina families, a bad gamble."

Senate Majority PAC tells CNN that it will spend $800,000 to run the ad statewide over the next ten days.

The group, along with Patriot Majority, an allied organization, have spent over $10 million in the North Carolina Senate race so far this cycle. Pro-Republican outside groups, led by Americans for Prosperity, have also been spending millions to bombard the state with ads. AFP alone has shelled out more than $8 million to run spots.

Education is one of the leading issues in the North Carolina Senate contest. The Tillis campaign's criticized Hagan for education cuts she voted for as a state senator last decade.

In responding to the new Senate Majority PAC commercial, the Tillis campaign tied Hagan to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

"Harry Reid and liberal special interest groups clearly have their fingers firmly planted on the panic button. Since Kay Hagan can’t run on her record of supporting Obama 95 percent of the time, her liberal allies are running yet another shamefully false attack ad that contains outright lies already debunked by national fact-checkers. Thom Tillis has a proven record of balancing budgets, giving teachers historic pay raises, and creating opportunities for North Carolina middle-class families," said the Tillis campaign, in a statement.

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The most recent polls in the race indicate Hagan and Tillis are all tied up. Tills received some high profile support earlier this week, as 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney headlined a fundraiser for the candidate in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Democrats have a 55-45 majority in the Senate (53 Democrats and two independents who caucus with the party). But in the midterms, the party is defending 21 of the 36 seats up for grabs, with half of those Democratic-held seats in red or purple states like North Carolina.


Filed under: 2014 • Kay Hagan • North Carolina • Senate Majority PAC • Senate Race
soundoff (71 Responses)
  1. ritmocojo

    ...and keep 'em dumb while you're at it...!

    August 21, 2014 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  2. Lizzie

    TheGOP..... Democrats already accomplished to turn everyone into slaves, with the slogan vote for us you get more free,
    SS already got robbed by Pres.Clinton to balance ONE budget and Pres.Obama took millions from Medicare to fund ACA.

    August 21, 2014 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  3. rick

    I love the TRUTH in the headlines for a change.. "BUY" a position in a government position.. And even how much money that was supposed to be used for other things diverted to the political purchase..

    August 21, 2014 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  4. salty dog

    Gotta get big money out of our politics, their goals are to entrench the policies that are making them filthy rich. Take tax dollars, and build factories elsewhere, and your job soon followed . Thank bush 41 for that, Clinton, no better, the biggest fleecing of america ever.

    August 21, 2014 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  5. Lily

    Ads are fine but should be done in a wiser way. Don't pour all the money in ads. It won't work the magic. Instead use a lot of money to mobilise people and make sure they show up to vote. Only the vote which counts and not starring on TV ad and not going to vote.

    August 21, 2014 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Lizzie

    TheGOP..... Democrats already accomplished to turn everyone into slaves, with the slogan vote for us you get more free,
    SS already got robbed by Pres.Clinton to balance ONE budget and Pres.Obama took millions from Medicare to fund ACA.
    ---------------------------
    Paul Ryan's famed budgets do the exact same thing, except he uses it fund a tax cuts for the job cremators. Your point?

    August 21, 2014 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  7. Lizzie

    Rudy NYC, did it pass, NO, so what's your point.

    August 21, 2014 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  8. Gunderson

    So,
    What are they buying? More Welfare, more food stamps, more unemployment, more "Affordable" Health care. The 29 Hour
    Work Week? The Nanny State on Steroids? More Corporations leaving the country? Hundreds of thousands of more illegals in the country? Hey, that's what we have now! North Korea is starting to look good!

    August 21, 2014 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  9. salty dog

    The point is, given the chance, the gop is going to stick it to the working class badly, his budget, and the election tax plan pretty much shows you who their working for, and it ain't me, and(here's the important part) and they don't work for you either, unless you make 400k plus, I'm gonna go out on a limb and say you don't.

    August 21, 2014 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  10. salty dog

    Shall we purchase you a one way ticket, nanny states again huh, refuse to read the wsj cheat sheet, or are they a liberal news outlet now?

    August 21, 2014 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  11. salty dog

    There's a big difference between taxing a company to the point of leaving: and letting them use money they owe the government in taxes to build factories outside the u.s. And let's not forget that the gop wants to let them bring that money they have been holding in caymen accounts back, untaxed, think of all those jobs.that will create, overseas. And companies like apple, get touted as patriotic because of the taxes they pay which pales in comparison to the taxes they dont pay, kinda like mittens. Yup just what we need, more incentives to take more money from our workers, and give it to the wealthiest, job creators, who oddly aren't creating any jobs.

    August 21, 2014 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  12. just asking

    ritmocojo
    ...and keep 'em dumb while you're at it...!
    --

    this country spends incalculable amounts (probably several trillions over the last decade alone) on education. it is free and available all over the country. it does require attendance, work and a desire to get ahead. if people are stupid and uneducated in this country, it is because they or their stupid parents have decided to be stupid and uneducated. you can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink! (no matter how much money you spend)

    democrats just want to keep pouring endless amounts into education because of their big supporters, the teachers unions. public school systems in many places are a shambles, producing illiterates. and then they oppose alternatives that do work for the kids. democrats only care about their unions, not the kids, when it comes to education.

    August 21, 2014 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  13. Sniffit

    "TheGOP..... Democrats already accomplished to turn everyone into slaves, with the slogan vote for us you get more free,
    SS already got robbed by Pres.Clinton to balance ONE budget and Pres.Obama took millions from Medicare to fund ACA."
    ===
    Reading that made me wonder whether Tillis' cuts to education somehow managed to be so retroactive that they went back in time.

    August 21, 2014 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  14. Sniffit

    "What are they buying? More Welfare, more food stamps, more unemployment, more "Affordable" Health care. The 29 Hour
    Work Week? The Nanny State on Steroids? More Corporations leaving the country? Hundreds of thousands of more illegals in the country? Hey, that's what we have now! North Korea is starting to look good!"

    Yawn. Do you have anything original to say...ever?

    August 21, 2014 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  15. Dean

    The the Republican candidates need to say is "the Democrat candidates will support Obama's policies..."...game over.

    August 21, 2014 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  16. Lynda/Minnesota

    "The leading outside group supporting Democrats in this year's battle for control of the Senate says it's putting big bucks behind a new ad that attacks the GOP challenger in North Carolina, home to one of the most crucial races."

    Oh ... but ... but ... didn't we read just yesterday that ALASKA was home to one the most crucial races? Well, when you've got Americans for Prosperity (i.e. Koch brothers) footing the funding I don't suppose it matters. You can say whatever you want and get away with saying it. Also too.

    August 21, 2014 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  17. HenryMiller

    Meanwhile, Kay Hagan is running an ad claiming she's the "most moderate"—i.e., least Democrat-like— Senator. Unfortunately, for her, she was an absolute Obamacare Obamabot, repeating the lies over and over again.

    August 21, 2014 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  18. Rudy NYC

    Lizzie

    Rudy NYC, did it pass, NO, so what's your point.
    -----------------------------
    Your hypocrisy is the point. You criticize a law that makes long term cuts to Medicare because of the anticipated decreased enrollment in the program. Because insurers are no longer able to drop people once they hit a certain age, the need and demand for Medicare decreases over time.

    You criticize cuts to Medicare, yet you support a budget proposal that makes outright cuts to Medicare? Hypocrisy.

    August 21, 2014 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  19. it must be said

    salty dog
    The point is, given the chance, the gop is going to stick it to the working class badly
    --

    Democrats are the ones sticking it to the working class bucko. Open borders policies and a refusal to deport illegals here balloons the work force and keeps wages low. A dismal stagnant economy that keeps people unemployed or working in lower paying jobs. Obama administration's endless attacks on companies, over regulation, driving the costs to employee people which drives companies to do with less, or to automate. The FACT is that Democrats are ANTI-BUSIENESS and that means they are ANTI-JOBS.

    August 21, 2014 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  20. just saying

    Sniffit
    ---
    "What are they buying? More Welfare, more food stamps, more unemployment, more "Affordable" Health care. The 29 Hour
    Work Week? The Nanny State on Steroids? More Corporations leaving the country? Hundreds of thousands of more illegals in the country? Hey, that's what we have now! North Korea is starting to look good!"
    ---
    Yawn. Do you have anything original to say...ever?
    ---

    the truth can never be stated too much!

    August 21, 2014 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  21. Tony D

    Democrats will always want to spend more and more and more on "education". They and their teachers union supporters have turned our public school systems, as well as higher education, into leftwing indoctrination camps. Never enough money to brainwash the young people into thinking big companies are evil but big government is not.

    August 21, 2014 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  22. Lynda/Minnesota

    "North Korea is starting to look good!"

    Bon voyage. Have a safe life (and get back to us occasionally to let us know how it all works out for you).

    August 21, 2014 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  23. Rick McDaniel

    The Dems are such hypocrites........they accuse the GOP of trying to buy elections, when they, themselves are the ones who truly try to buy elections.

    August 21, 2014 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  24. Tone

    Right wingers on here don't have a clue, they always spew this welfare/freestuff from the democrats garbage, and it's their red states that get almost all the welfare. Their states have no jobs specifically because of tax cuts for the rich this never works don't be stupid people don't vote against yourself. the Gop has created no jobs for 30 years what makes you think that they are going to do it now.

    August 21, 2014 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  25. salty dog

    You mean all those pesky regulations holding back the profits of the Koch brothers, poor guys they can barely afford their campaign contributions! Yup, keep thinking that any money saved by their proposed policies, will help the working man, small businesses, and even the less fortunate, all will have better lives with no workers rights organizations, no healthcare, and high taxes, the sad truth is the gop has but one policy, trickle down, they know it doesn't work, admit as much, then propose exactly that. Your biggest mistake is thinking we Democrats are in it for free stuff, hardly the case, o matter what fox news says . I don't want amnesty, but your gop plays both sides of the fence on that one too. They could have passed a bill on things they both agree on, but somehow at the last minute, the gop finds a reason not to vote on it, or even conference .

    August 21, 2014 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
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