[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/06/14/art.reidad0614.americancrossroads.jpg caption ="The conservative organization American Crossroads is up with a new television ad Monday that criticizes Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid."]Washington (CNN) - The ad wars in Nevada's Senate battle are heating up.
An independent conservative organization announced Monday that they are up with a new television commercial in Nevada that criticizes Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for his part in passing last year's federal stimulus plan.
"With Nevada in economic free fall, Harry Reid brags about his taxpayer-funded $787 billion bailout, saying, 'There's no question our hard work is paying off.' Paying off? Paying off for whom?" asks the ad, by American Crossroads, an independent organization created earlier this spring by a group of influential Republicans who's goal is to raise some $50 million to assist the GOP in this year's midterm elections.
The ad closes by saying that "more than 180,000 Nevadans are out of work. Nevada home values have plummeted…record foreclosures. Harry Reid's work is paying off, alright: paying off for Harry Reid's friends in Washington. But leaving Nevada – with what?"
American Crossroads says its spending $120,000 to run the commercial statewide for a week," according to their website.
The ad comes three days after Reid launched a commercial targeting his Republican challenger Sharron Angle's stance on Social Security.
"Shockingly, Sharron Angle wants to wipe out Social Security," says the announcer in the commercial. "She'd cut benefits for everyone coming into the system."
The former state lawmaker, once a long shot for the Nevada Republican Senate nomination, easily defeated 12 other candidates in last Tuesday's primary, thanks in part to help from the Tea Party Express (a national Tea Party organization) and the Club for Growth, an anti-tax group.
The ad by Reid was released one day after the longtime Nevada Democrat came out with two campaign commercials touting his ability to create jobs in his home state.
Polls suggest that Reid faces a tough road to re-election this year as he bids for fifth term in office.
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