September 15th, 2010
03:16 PM ET
12 years ago

American Crossroads up with new ads

Washington (CNN) - An independent Republican organization is on the attack with new television commercials in Colorado and Missouri.

American Crossroads says it launched ads Wednesday that target Sen. Michael Bennet in Colorado and Missouri Secretary of State and Senate nominee Robin Carnahan, criticizing both for "supporting out of control federal spending."

"Both Robin Carnahan and Micahel Bennet are trying not to blush as they tell Missouri and Colorado voters that they're somehow 'fiscally conservative,'" says American Crossroads communications director Jonathan Collegio. "These spots pull back their respective curtains to show voters what they really are: desperate liberal politicians addicted to pork, stimulus and bailouts, all at the expense of taxpayers."

American Crossroads, a conservative 527 campaign organization, was launched this past spring by a group of influential Republicans. The group has been up on television in Nevada, Colorado, Missouri and Ohio and the affiliated Crossroads GPS has been running ads in Nevada, Colorado, Missouri, Kentucky, California and Pennsylvania.

The two groups combined have reported raising $17.6 million as of last month. Their goal is to raise $52 million this year to help their party topple Democrats in the midterm elections. American Crossroads is likely competing with the Republican National Committee for many of the same donors.

Filed under: 2010 • American Crossroads • Colorado • Missouri
soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. don

    Thanks to the Conservative Supreme court this will soon be commonplace.

    September 15, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  2. NVa Native

    All these "folksy" sounding political activist groups pop up where ever there is a need for fake patriotism and fake facts.
    The Koch Bros and our #1 illegal alien – Rupert Murdoch – have unlimited $$$ to fight our democracy.

    Thanks to the Justice Roberts court and the Republican Party all Americans are screwed.

    September 15, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  3. sonny chapman

    Out of control spending is ok when it comes to funding wars or giving tax breaks to the wealthy, but it's a sin when you're trying to extend unemployment benefits or keep the auto industry from collapsing.

    September 15, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  4. Justin

    What is an "independant" Republican organization???? I thought that was the "Tea Party Express"... You know..... "We are not part of the GOP"(... wink wink)

    September 15, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  5. Voice of Reason

    If I had a nickel for every time i heard some right-wing puppet use the phrase 'out of control spending' i could pay Bill Gates' income tax. Truth is, everyone on the right says it, and now accepts it without question – but it isnt backed up by anything. To hear the rhetoric from the right, you'd think that the President is running around with wheelbarrow loads of cash, looking for someone to hand it to. Absolutely ridiculous.

    You may argue, but go look up the facts: this administration has been far more fiscally responsible than the last one was. Just because it doesnt line up with 'folksy' (read:ignorant) pop-reaganomics, and just because it doesnt bow down to big business and the richest 2% of Americans (who would happily screw the middle class and every blue-collar worker in the nation), doesnt mean that it isnt the right thing to do.

    September 15, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  6. Marge

    Independent....oh it is so nice for CNN to keep on lying for the republicans. We know who is footing the bill for the ads, either the Koch Brothers or Rove's organization. Or how about Armery or one of those corporations that the crooked part f the supreme court said were people.

    September 15, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  7. Voice of Reason

    And when i say that big business and the richest 2% of Americans would happily screw the rest of us to make a buck – i am hoping you are all remembering the REASON for those bailouts that GEORGE W BUSH proposed and signed into law. Because deregulation allowed greed to outweigh wisdom, and no one put a check on big busienss.

    And these businesses arent going down without a fight. They will create astroturf organizations like the TEA party, and delude good, honest people into thinkin there is some patriotic revolution going on. Big business will happily use them like pawns to put more cash into their own pockets, regardless of the consequences.

    September 15, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  8. GI Joe

    Independent? I think not. Bet Dick Armey's group or Koch brothers or FOX is funding it, in addition to bussing people all over the country.

    Those groups and several others prey on the ignorance and are using a new form of personal destruction similar to what was done by Karl Rove for Bush – TWICE. The tbaggers are the hate and fear liars that work for the republicans. Death panels, palling around with terrorists, Obama is racist, birthers, just plain haters - fueled by the corporatists money. THANKS SUPREME COURT – not.

    September 15, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  9. Justin

    I love the borrow-and-spend GOP acting like it's fiscally conservative. This is the party that ran record-breaking deficits while the economy was flush.

    That's hard to do. And they don't seem to have learned much from the experience.

    September 15, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    Good boy CNN...give them the free advertising they desire. Why bother fact chekcing any claims made int he ad?

    September 15, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  11. Jilli

    Just can't beat slimey expoliticians, the wealthy and corporations banding together to influence elections. If you think they won't be expecting payback for all the money they flood into elections, you're fooling yourself. They're buying the elections and the candidates they're supporting. So much for the American public and free elections. Thank you john roberts.

    September 15, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  12. Thersa

    Citizens United: the death of democracy

    September 15, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  13. a in austin

    I hope their ads state the deficit went down 8% this year. Since the wars, tax cuts, and prescription drug programs were not in the budget under the GOP leadership, how do they plan to cut the spending? Keep putting items "under the table?" What's the plan?

    September 15, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    "Funny how the MSM refuses to mention that O'Donnell's website crashed because of the amount of visits and contributions."

    Funny how they also fail to mention that she spews nutty nonsense like "masturbation is as bad and sinful as adultery" and that "there is MORE proof of creationism than evolution."

    Nothing you can say changes that she's batsh-t crazy, pal. Assuming your claim is even true, all you're pointing out is that we have a real epidemic of stupid on our hands.

    September 15, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  15. a in austin

    Just think of all the jobs this campaign money could create. And you still feel there is no class warfare? Corporate America does not want the middle class citizens to be successful. They want to stomp on us. The rich get richer, the poor get poorer, and the middle class becomes extinct!

    September 15, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  16. Marty, FL

    Perhaps facts are not important to AC, but most Americans would prefer the truth...

    Our federal deficit is actually down 8% under President Obama and this Congress in just one year after the fiscally irresponsible President Bush. And that's including the stimulus and putting the actual war costs on the books.

    September 15, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  17. Mn Mom

    The GOP cracks me up with their ridiculously hypocritical claims about Democrat's "out of control spending." The idea that the GOP is fiscally responsible is a joke. If you look at history, the GOP has never actually spent any less and the Presidents with the largest deficits are Republicans. The only difference in spending is that the GOP spends on the military (and lots of no-bid contracts to their cronies), the ultra-rich, and subsidies to large corporations (many of whom outsource jobs). The Democrats spend on programs to help the middle class. Anyone who votes for the GOP needs their head examined. They will not change spending or shrink government no matter how much they say they will. They never have.

    September 15, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  18. Donna from Colorado Springs

    Any organization that is funded by the likes of Karl Rove DO NOT MERIT ANY ATTENTION BECAUSE THEY ARE SIMPLY SLIMY ATTACK ADS! Living in Colorado, I hear the negative ads against Michael Bennet about twice an hour now, and I just mute them! Considering how scary Ken Buck is, Bennett is the lesser of two evils!

    September 15, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  19. D. Bunkler

    More accurate headline:

    Corporate predators try to buy another election

    September 15, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  20. Mikey

    Who is funding them and in what amounts? The public deserves to know.

    September 15, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |