(CNN) - Crossroads GPS isn't wasting time in its ad offensive against Democrats. The conservative advocacy group released ads in five states one day after announcing it would spend $2.6 million on a campaign bashing the incumbent president.
The new round of ads will run for two weeks in Massachusetts, Missouri, Montana, Virginia, and Nebraska - sites of critical Senate contests in 2012.
(CNN) - The independent GOP group American Crossroads put up two billboard ads this week, slamming Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri for a private jet scandal earlier this year.
Posted outside airports in St. Louis and Springfield, the signs read: "Sky-high airfares got you down? Senator Claire McCaskill: Flies in her own jet – and you pay for it!"
(CNN)-The League of Women Voters launched an ad attack without party boundaries Friday as they singled out Republican Sen. Scott Brown and Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, whom they accuse of supporting "polluters," not people. In scathing ads released for television in Boston, St. Louis, and Jefferson City as well as online, the nonpartisan advocacy group calls out both senators for voting to block air pollution standards.
"Senator McCaskill voted to block EPA's implementation of the Clean Air Act and allow big companies to continue pumping unlimited amounts of carbon dioxide pollution into the air for at least another two years," states one, while the other declares, "Sen. Brown voted for legislation that would stop the EPA from making badly-needed updates to clean air safeguards to protect public health from carbon pollution."
Washington (CNN) – Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Missouri, acknowledged Monday that she failed to pay nearly $300,000 in personal property taxes owed over the last four years for the partial ownership she and her husband have in a private plane.
McCaskill, a vocal supporter of reform and transparency in the Senate, described the failure to pay taxes as unintentional and said she will sell the plane.
(CNN) - Democratic Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill will write a hefty check to the U.S. Treasury Department soon, as payback for using taxpayer money to fly her family's plane around the state.
McCaskill's office confirms that she will repay $88,000 including $76,000 to charter the plane owned by a holding company registered to her husband and $12,000 in pilot fees.
(CNN) - The field is growing among Republicans who want to take on Claire McCaskill - the first-term senator and strong Obama ally from Missouri.
Ed Martin, an attorney and former chief of staff to Gov. Matt Blunt, announced Monday he is adding his name to a race that will be among the most closely-watched Senate contests in 2012.
Washington (CNN) - It's only December 2010, but a possible 2012 GOP Senate primary battle in Missouri is already heating up.
Thursday the Club for Growth, a fiscally conservative organization that endorses and contributes to Republican candidates, welcomed former Missouri Treasurer Sarah Steelman's entry into the race for her state's Republican Senate nomination. Steelman formally announced her bid Wednesday in a new campaign website, saying "I want to do my part in fighting for America's future. That's why I have decided to run for the United States Senate."
Washington (CNN) - The National Republican Senatorial Committee says it isn't taking sides in any battle down the road for the party's Senate nomination in Missouri.
The primary winner there will take on freshman Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, who's up for re-election 2012.
A Republican party source confirms to CNN reports that Sen. John Cornyn, the NRSC chairman, spoke before Thanksgiving with former Missouri Treasurer Sarah Steelman about a possible bid for the Senate nomination. The source tells CNN that Steelman called Cornyn, rather than the other way around, and that Cornyn suggested to Steelman that if she thought she could mount a good campaign, then she should run.
(CNN) - Senate leaders disagreed Sunday over if and when to ratify a new arms control treaty with Russia.
Republican Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl said Congress has more urgent business to address than the New START (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty) when they continue the lame-duck session this week.
(CNN) - A fellow Democrat warned Kentucky Senate candidate Jack Conway that his latest ad targeting Republican Rand Paul's reported behavior in college is "very dangerous."
Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Missouri, said the Conway ad that repeats an unsubstantiated GQ story about Paul when he was a student at Baylor University comes "close to the line" in what should be deemed inappropriate in political campaigns.
"Candidates who are behind at the end reach, and sometimes they overreach," McCaskill said on MSNBC. "This ad is very dangerous because it reaches back to college. The ad came close to the line."