Crossroads takes on six more Democrats in crucial Senate races
June 13th, 2012
09:47 AM ET
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Crossroads takes on six more Democrats in crucial Senate races

Washington (CNN) - American Crossroads and its affiliated group Crossroads GPS are going up with television commercials in six more states with competitive Senate races.

The pro-Republican independent groups, co-founded by Karl Rove, last week went up with spots in three other states with crucial contests that could decide which party controls the U.S. Senate next year. And Crossroads has already dished out big bucks over the past six weeks to put up television commercials in key battleground states that are critical of President Barack Obama.

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Crossroads GPS and American Crossroads announced Wednesday they will spend a combined $4.6 million to run ads on broadcast and cable television in Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio, Nebraska, Nevada, and Virginia. The hard hitting spots attack Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Heidi Heitkamp, the Democrat's Senate candidate in North Dakota, Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio, former Sen. Bob Kerrey, who's running for his old seat in Nebraska, Rep. Shelley Berkley, the Democrat's Senate candidate in Nevada, and former Gov. Tim Kaine, the Democrat's candidate in Virginia.

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Last week the two groups started what they said would be a two week $1.12 million buy to run spots statewide on broadcast TV and cable in Indiana, Montana, and New Mexico.

Crossroads GPS is the sister organization to American Crossroads, the independent super PAC that backs GOP causes and candidates. Both were founded by the Republican strategist Karl Rove. Crossroads GPS is currently spending around $25 million to run ads critical of the president over a four week period in crucial battleground states.

"The special interest agenda Karl Rove is pushing puts private insurance companies, Big Oil, and millionaires ahead of seniors, small businesses, and the middle-class," Rove said. "Republicans know that this agenda is wrong for the middle-class and that's why they're launching misleading, desperate attacks to try and distract from their dangerous policies."

The Democrats currently have a 53-47 (51 Democrats and two independents who caucus with the party) majority in the Senate, but they are defending 23 of the 33 seats up for grabs this November.

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Filed under: 2012 • Crossroads GPS • Democrats • Missouri • Nebraska • Nevada • North Dakota • Ohio • Virginia
soundoff (29 Responses)

    Crossroads is back at it spreading false and misleading information. How quickly do we forget about the hateful tweet they put out the other day regarding the Commerce Secretary. One thing we learned from that is that they speak without FACTS.

    June 13, 2012 09:51 am at 9:51 am |

    When you hear these dopey spots on tv ,its just rove from the bush romney bafoon party talking to you undercover,use the mute button and let them waste their stolen money!!

    June 13, 2012 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  3. ngc1300

    We have the finest government money can buy.

    June 13, 2012 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  4. Larry L

    Republican fat-cats are getting their "swift boat" lie machine working. Nobody is more dishonest than Karl Rove and the new Republican Party is based ruthless deception and divisive maneuvering. The uber-rich use undereducated, fearful bigots to carry a message used to recruit the gullible and ignorant.

    June 13, 2012 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  5. Pedro

    Oh my Lord. What will happen with this Country below poverty people if GOP gets also the Senste majority?
    Better we start pray for it not to happen.

    June 13, 2012 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  6. Dan5404

    The headline could more accurately have been: "GOP billionaires try to buy more elections,:.

    June 13, 2012 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  7. Mitt

    The MEAN TEAM of LIARS strikes again!

    June 13, 2012 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  8. Annie, Atlanta

    We're letting the monied interests (millionaires and billionaires that is) buy our politicians while we sit back and do nothing. Have we lost our minds? What is it going to take to make us wake up? The Koch brothers have promised $400,000,000 – yeah that's four hundred million – to defeat Obama so they can continue to pollute our land and waterways and buy up bits and pieces of our energy infrastructure as they are doing in WI. Good grief, what is it going to take folks. Keep voting those Republicans in office, and they'll keep giving these guys tax breaks and turn to us poor slobs to make up the difference. Yeah.

    June 13, 2012 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  9. midwestmatt

    To use the word "independent" in any way when describing American Crossroads is not just misleading, it is a lie.

    American Crossroads is a hyper partisan group whose only goal is to elect far right Republicans with an agenda of tax cutting, freedom abridging and larger government. They want to, through the force of law, write their code of morality into the daily lives of all Americans while making sure their rich buddies can do whatever they want.

    Every board member or officer of this group has direct ties to divisive Republican figures whose openly stated goals are to make sure the their agenda is the law of the land.

    Call this group what it is- A very far right organization with a near term goal of lowering taxes on the wealthy at the expense of the middle class and the rest of the country.

    June 13, 2012 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  10. w l jones

    The Crossroads worried about who cotrol the Sen. an Con. an don don not nor instrest none about the welfare about the life nor about the condition about the America country nor it people. Said said only the I mean sad party all they Repub can can can say.

    June 13, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  11. Investment Advisor

    I Hope things Change and we see a new Administration take over in January 2013. Looks as though the "mojo" is leaving the Democratic Party. Did you see the speech Howard Dean gave over the weekend? What a true "Buffoon". Between he and Wasserman, I would think the dems would look for some new people to carry their flag. I see the "Independents" are starting a migration to right. My guess is the ship is starting to take on water.

    June 13, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  12. citizen9

    W knew what he was talking about when he nick-named Carl Rove "Turd Blossom"

    June 13, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  13. realitybites

    What;s so independent about being pro-republican? Oh you mean they're a non-scrutinized, tax dodging, private entitiy pumping tons of money in to anti-democratic propoganda. Gotcha. Glad we got that cleared up.

    June 13, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  14. s

    Looks who is carrying your Flag Investment: which clown should I start with

    June 13, 2012 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  15. Investment Advisor

    @ Larry L... When it comes to dishonesty, the Democratic Party is the proud owner of David Axlerod. Please spare me your rhetorical ramblings.

    June 13, 2012 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  16. A not-so-stupid former republican

    Anything put out by an organization founded or associated with Karl Rove is sure to be false, misleading, or outright lies. Rove is the sleaziest person in the political world!

    June 13, 2012 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  17. Larry L

    @Investment Advisor

    @ Larry L... When it comes to dishonesty, the Democratic Party is the proud owner of David Axlerod. Please spare me your rhetorical ramblings.
    Interesting name for a Republican talking about honesty... Do the math. If the Republicans truly only represent the rich, they know that number of voters can't elect their candidates. So they use cheap, emotionally-charged social issues to fire up the masses. It costs the fat-cats nothing and yet energizes a reliable, and gullible voting base. Surely an "investment advisor" can understand math.

    June 13, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  18. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    That is part of the problem. We need less money in the poltical campaigns not more. There are some people who have a lot more money than other. Does that make them more equal than others? I don't think so. The problem is that many people only know what they see on tv and listen to on the radio.

    June 13, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  19. Larry L

    @Investment Advisor

    "I Hope things Change and we see a new Administration take over in January 2013."
    What could be more cynical than the Republican slogans to demonize "hope & change"? It's especially wrong since the Republicans started their plan of obstructionism on the first day President took office. They never intended to allow our people to gain hope or enjoy meaningful change. Over 110 filibusters in the Senate is proof of that fact – even filibustering the initiatives they created in committee. Honest?

    June 13, 2012 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  20. roro

    Karl Rove and Grover Norquist are enemies of the state.

    June 13, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  21. Mike

    Crossroads disgusts me. They are a funnel for funds that is destroying our democracy and want power for the wealthy. They are committing treason to our democracy

    June 13, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  22. unitedfor1

    I don't know why people are crying about Cross roads. George Soroes outspends all of the republican PAC combined.

    June 13, 2012 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  23. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Was Bernie Madoff an investment advisor? I think the time has come to call out the fat cat self serving investment advisors for what they are, parasites.

    June 13, 2012 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  24. judy

    worst thing the supream court ever did. This country will be run by the very rich. Vote all repos out Forward 2012

    June 13, 2012 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  25. Malory Archer

    If these fascist corporate masters took all of the $$$ that they're spending on campaign lies and used it to hire Americans and pay them a decent wage with benefits for an honest day's work, we'd have far fewer Americans relying on government services and a lot more citizens buying goods and services. They'd be paying taxes as well, thereby having some skin in the game like the rethugs believe everyone should.

    June 13, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
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