[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/09/01/art.hcad.cnn.jpg caption="The United States Chamber of Commerce has spent close to $6 million on one ad alone denouncing Democratic proposals to reform health care."](CNN) - Congress may have officially taken the month off, but August was the busiest month yet for health care ads designed to sway their votes, according to a new report from Campaign Media Analysis Group.
Organizations across the ideological spectrum spent more than $20 million to air a combined total of 34,000 ads across the country last month specifically dealing with the efforts of President Obama and congressional Democrats to reform the nation's health care system.
The ads target or promote nearly every player in the health care debate, including the insurance and pharmaceutical industries, special interest groups, congressional Democrats, and President Obama himself.
The group says 13,000 of the spots - totaling $6.6 million - specifically target big insurance companies for rising costs and massive profits, implicitly supporting the Democratic reform efforts. Liberal and Democratic-supporting groups including MoveOn.org, Americans United for Change, and AFSCME have also spent millions on ads supporting the party's efforts, and attacking Republicans for unwillingness to support the reforms.
On the other side of the debate, the United States Chamber of Commerce has spent close to $6 million on one ad alone denouncing the reforms and arguing the changes will lead to massive deficit increases. A string of GOP and conservative organizations, including the Republican National Committee, various state Republican parties, the Club for Growth, and the League of American Voters, have also aired ads critical of the health care reform plan .
Close to $60 million has been spent on health care ads since the beginning of the summer.
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