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
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  1. salty dog

    Tony d, omg talk about transference, the gop is behind all school problems you mentioned, why is it so gd hard to do a little research, the gop is trying to kill teachers unions,,guess what happens when they do, privatization of it, working out so well with our prison systems: a prison operated for profit is soooo much better. Just amazing how little critical thinking skills I hear from the right.

    August 21, 2014 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  2. salty dog

    Real critical thinking, privatization of all services, and no tax on the rich, that'd be paradise, for the rich, I just don't understand how you think that works for the rest, no workers rights, no right to vote, all gop desires, you game?

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

    95 % of all wealth went to the top 1%, and you honestly think at one point jobs will happen just lime that, at what % exactly will that happen, the more you understand a rich man, the more you realise that number is 100%.

    August 21, 2014 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  4. Tommy G

    Hagan is no moderate Democrat. She voted for Obamacare just like she votes for everything else Obama and Harry Reid tell her to vote for. She repeated the Obamacare lies she was told to repeat. She didn't read the bill before voting for it. She just did what she was told to do.

    She doesn't represent North Carolina and its conservative values. As a matter of fact, leaving her in office guarantees the people of North Carolina values will be trampled and destroyed by the far left extremist Democrat Party. NO Red State should be voting for Democrat Senators PERIOD.

    August 21, 2014 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  5. Ol' Yeller

    From same post...

    "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!"

    "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. "

    So which is it? The parents fault or the Dems fault?

    I'm sure cutting funds to educashun will fix this. I'm pretty sure some tax cuts to the rich will all the sudden make them generous and they will educate our kids for us, because they want them to make lots of money (while they fight against a minumum wage).

    Education benefits us all (especially business), but they are torn between wanting a low paid ignorant work force and skilled labor (which ties into immigration, right?). The problem with educating folks is then they realize what rubes they have been in voting republicant (see % of college grads or higher registering as Dems. Not to mention they find out humans didn't actually ride dinosaurs) and the republicants know this (why you see them ranting on here about 'teacher's unions' and whatnot- it's all they got. Who in their right mind do not want our children to be better off and smarter than us?), so they are torn... keep citizen's ignorant and win elections or educate them, advance the country, and watch the party die.

    Well, you see which one they would rather do.

    August 21, 2014 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  6. Tampa Tim

    Tommy – McRory has pretty much destroyed NC with his ties to Duke Energy, his refusal to accept Medicaid money for his own citizens, refuseal to set up an ACA exchange, and he has pretty much made drinking water a luxury.

    August 21, 2014 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  7. Anonymous

    "She voted for Obamacare just like she votes for everything else Obama and Harry Reid tell her to vote for."

    Voting for a law that incorporates as one of its major, core elements a policy proposal made by the GOP is not moderate?

    Anyway, quit your hyperventilating. The GOP/Teatrolls in NC have enacted some of the harshest, most ridiculous and restrictive voter suppression laws in the country over the past couple years, so I'm sure it'll all work out just as they planned and fewer minorities will end up voting to take your precious white state away.

    August 21, 2014 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  8. Tampa Tim

    Didn't the Kochs make a record $38 billion last year, and celebrate their windfall by firing 3500 workers?

    August 21, 2014 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  9. Silence DoGood

    @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.
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    And loony GOP extremists will want less education and more forced religion and anti-science.
    I guess I choose education that may have parts I disagree with than conservative none-education.
    Dude, where will the future be with anti-science, Creationist "engineers"?

    August 21, 2014 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  10. The REAL Truth...

    @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.
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    Both sides do it Ricky.. it's not restricted, nor limited to either Party. That's why the recent SCOTUS rulings on Citizens United, Corporations are people, Hobby Lobby, etc need reversing. Makes one wonder who's being bought!

    August 21, 2014 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  11. Fundamentally Transforming America Through Progressive Destruction of Capitalism and Replacing It with Socialism-Communism

    The old saying was "As GM goes, so goes the country." It didn't really mean just GM, but our vast and growing base of American companies. The growing power of the leftist Democrat Party wants to now replace our large company based economy with government owned segments.

    Healthcare was their target recently and Obamacare's long term goals are to drive all healthcare into a government owned single payer system, just like the Veterans Administration that has been a total catastrophe for many veterans.

    At least with companies you have a choice with regards to who you will do business with. When the government is your only choice, you have no choice left. You do what the government tells you to do. You get what the government decides you'll get.

    Your choice America. Vote wisely this November because time is running out.

    August 21, 2014 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  12. excuse my rant

    salty dog
    Real critical thinking, privatization of all services, and no tax on the rich, that'd be paradise, for the rich, I just don't understand how you think that works for the rest, no workers rights, no right to vote, all gop desires, you game?
    ____________________________
    No kidding. I always find it funny that Republicans came up with the theory known as the Laffer Curve showing that tax revenue can increase from tax cuts, yet completely ignore the part showing that enough tax cuts results in reducing revenue.

    August 21, 2014 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  13. rs

    Tommy G

    Hagan is no moderate Democrat. She voted for Obamacare just like she votes for everything else Obama and Harry Reid tell her to vote for. She repeated the Obamacare lies she was told to repeat. She didn't read the bill before voting for it. She just did what she was told to do.

    She doesn't represent North Carolina and its conservative values. As a matter of fact, leaving her in office guarantees the people of North Carolina values will be trampled and destroyed by the far left extremist Democrat Party. NO Red State should be voting for Democrat Senators PERIOD.
    ______________________
    Two points Tommy-1. The Right is moving its' positions so fast and so far more Right that anyone slightly left of the TEA Party is a "radical leftist" these days. Perhaps if the Right gained control of itself, this might be apparent. Name-calling the opponent is a tired and juvenile action.
    2. Hagan HAS represented NC, and was duly elected by NC voters, ergo, a conservative Democrat can do the job, and obviously has done so in the past. To say that Democrats need not apply (or run) is so far against what our Republic stands for you might as well say "well be happy to just let the rich run our politics (or the radical Right, or the Fundamentalists). An election with one candidate or just one brand of candidate isn't an election at all. For people always screaming about "freedom", that's a pretty strange position to take, don't you think? If Hagan get beaten, then the democratic process has worked- just like it should. You should support that.

    August 21, 2014 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  14. Kata Strophic

    We need some big Democrat ad buys here in Colorado. After all, if money buys elections, and the more from out-of-state one percenters the better, the Dems here have not been remotely competitive.

    We actually may manage to turn out a far-right Senator who perhaps even makes Palin look mainstream, and who will hands-down ruin Congress and obstruct the well-being and advancement of this country even further (like that's barely even possible), given that far-right-wing Cory Gardner has been receiving MILLIONS in Koch money to run ads that are outright lies, and which would be hilarious for their extreme stupidity except that low-information citizens sometimes believe them (like Obamacare is KILLING Colorado–or that kids can't get jobs because they really don't need medical insurance, or or if we don't allow fracking everywhere, we'll be producing MORE CO2–which totally ignores the NUMEROUS studies on the methane leakage rate of fracking wells probably causing ten times as much atmospheric damage as the most poorly-run and antiquated coal plant). Now WHY should Colorado be owned by the Kochs? Don't they have their own state to ruin, and shouldn't that be plenty even for the greediest? Furthermore, I read yesterday that Rove has committed something like 6M more to buy off the dumbest votes in the state.

    That the Supreme Court allows any money in politics is unconstitutional. Money is NOT free speech. It's a BRIBE. But that the Court has additionally allowed UNLIMITED money means that if we don't want this country going back to a.d. 800, Democrats had better start paying out by the truckload to play.

    August 21, 2014 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  15. salty dog

    No red state, BS Tommy, the deep red states are the most dependent by far, and if you look at statistics it clearly shows they favor the Republicans heavily. Now they are also the least educated, least informed, and high on the % receiving social assistance, with the gop openly attacking programs they use, well let's just say its a reaffirming the first two I mentioned. If they ever actually put down their shine, and Confederate flags, and leave your sisters alone, your screwed.

    August 21, 2014 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  16. Rudy NYC

    Tommy G

    Hagan is no moderate Democrat. She voted for Obamacare just like she votes for everything else Obama and Harry Reid tell her to vote for. She repeated the Obamacare lies she was told to repeat. She didn't read the bill before voting for it. She just did what she was told to do. ... .... .... blah, blah, blah.
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    Isn't it fascinating how conservatives have morphed the "read the bill" narrative from "we don't know what's in the bill because Democrats excluded us" to "Democrats voted for the bill without reading it, be we did"? The amazing part is that they actually think that willful ignorance en masse will make people forget that they had originally complained about not being given the chance to read the bill.

    The problem with the original talking point is that while one side of the mouth was complaining about not being given a chance to read the bill before a vote was taken, the other side of the mouth had been ranting for months and months about all of the horrors that were contained in the bill. Both narratives cannot possibly be true. It took them four years to finally figure out that they were sounding like blatant liars to most Americans.

    August 21, 2014 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  17. rs

    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)
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    JS- just for fun (and maybe a reality check), look at the federal budget and compare the meager funding for the U.S. Department of Education, then look at the DoD. The fact is- the GOP has wrecked public education in America. And just like anything else that benefits the Middle Class, the GOP wishes to make education both privatized, and for the well to do only. After all, somebody had to work in WalMart, right?

    August 21, 2014 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  18. Rudy NYC

    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.
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    Democrats don't accuse the GOTP of trying to buy elections. They accuse them of allowing their politicians to be bought.

    August 21, 2014 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  19. Tampa Tim

    Fundamental – You are incorrect.

    August 21, 2014 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  20. Kata Strophic

    We need some big Democrat ad buys here in Colorado. After all, if money buys elections, and the more from out-of-state one percenters the better, the Dems here have not been remotely competitive.

    We actually may manage to turn out a far-right Senator who has been receiving MILLIONS in Koch money to run ads that would be hilarious for bald-faced stupidity except that low-information citizens sometimes believe them. Now WHY should Colorado be owned by the Kochs? Don't they have their own state to ruin, and shouldn't that be plenty even for the greediest? Furthermore, I read yesterday that Rove has committed something like 6M more to buy off the rest of any ignorant voters. That means we're not only talking the Senate race, but we may even end up with a far-right Governor who no doubt will authorize the mountain-top removal of any scenery we have left. If you haven't visited here recently, no need to hurry–we're losing all of our pine forests to pine beetles, and you're more likely to see red mountains now than any covered with green.

    That the Supreme Court allows any money in politics is unconstitutional. Money is NOT free speech. It's a BRIBE. And NO citizen has a right to MORE free speech than any other. But that the Court has additionally allowed UNLIMITED money means that if we don't want this country going back to a.d. 800, Democrats had better get on top of this "pay to play" travesty of a democracy or republic.

    August 21, 2014 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  21. rs

    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.
    _______________________________
    Koch brothers have already spent $300 million this year to elect (oops, buy) GOP candidates. There isn't a single donor or a group of donors on the Left who can do that.
    Learn your history- the Koch's Dad did precisely the same thing in the 1950s and early '60s with his John Birch Society- except that Republicans were smarter then, and there were campaign finance laws to prevent what they are doing today.

    August 21, 2014 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    "She voted for Obamacare just like she votes for everything else Obama and Harry Reid tell her to vote for."

    Voting for a law that incorporates as one of its major, core elements a policy proposal made by the GOP is not moderate?

    Anyway, quit your hyperventilating. The GOP/Teatrolls in NC have enacted some of the harshest, most ridiculous and restrictive voter suppression laws in the country over the past couple years, so I'm sure it'll all work out just as they planned and fewer minorities will end up voting to take your precious white state away.

    August 21, 2014 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  23. Sniffit

    "After all, somebody had to work in WalMart, right?"

    And we know who the GOP/Teatrolls think that should be....

    #NOBODY'SFOOLED

    August 21, 2014 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  24. Longtimer

    Red States are the most dependent upon federal tax revenues to function, provide the worst health care programs for the citizenry, and are virtually all in a race to the bottom of the national education rankings- and you see the reasons outlined above.
    Literally- if one looked at Red States and Blue states you'd quickly come to the conclusion that Republicans are so bound by nonsensical policies, that they are the least capable to run states, or even the nation. They are disasters in action. But, but, but they say look at Texas- a successful Red state- yup it is. A successful Red State with exploding manure plans, and some of the lowest per capita income, educational attainment, or any other critical social metric anywhere. If that is where the GOP wants to take America- Third World, here we come

    August 21, 2014 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  25. Rudy NYC

    "The old saying was "As GM goes, so goes the country." It didn't really mean just GM, but our vast and growing base of American companies. The growing power of the leftist Democrat Party wants to now replace our large company based economy with government owned segments. "
    ---------------------------
    "Let Detroit go bankrupt," wrote Mitt Romney. Republicans were perfectly happy to let GM and the entire U.S. auto industry go bankrupt. I guess you conservative types don't remember what your side actually says. Hypocrites, all of you.

    August 21, 2014 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
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