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Karl Rove's Super PAC and independent expenditure group announced the next phase of their campaign to put Republicans in control of the U.S. Senate:
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.

So far this cycle, Republican-supporting independent groups and Super PACs have blown their Democratic rivals out of the water. As TPM reports:
Republican-allied groups like 60 Plus, the Karl Rove-founded American Crossroads and the Chamber of Commerce have spent $36 million in Senate races already. Democratic-supporting groups have spent closer to $12 million.
With the new ad buy, Republicans are looking at a nearly 4:1 spending advantage through June, and with Rove's group alone promising $300 million in spending, it could get much worse. The one bit of good news for Democrats is that there's still five months left before election day, and if Democratic allies step up, there is some room to close the gap. In fact, earlier today the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee called on Democrats to do just that:
Democrats are becoming more and more vocal in expressing to their donor base the need to pony up funds to outside spending groups — the same third-party groups that still make many Democratic supporters cringe. On Tuesday, the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee became the latest to tell Democrats to hold their nose and send money — fast.

“June, July and August are a critical time,” Guy Cecil, executive director of the DSCC, told TPM. “We need our side to wake up.”

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has made similar comments recently and earlier this year the Obama campaign announced its support for the Priorities USA Super PAC which is boosting the Obama campaign. Unfortunately, there's a difference between calling for such donations and actually getting them, and as of now, there is much, much more money on the Republican side, and if things don't change, it will give them a huge advantage in the air wars.

Originally posted to The Jed Report on Wed Jun 13, 2012 at 08:43 AM PDT.

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  •  In related news ... (6+ / 0-)

    In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; but in practice, there always is a difference. - Yogi Berra En théorie, il n'y a aucune différence entre théorie et pratique, mais en pratique, il y a toujours une différence. - Yogi Berra

    by blue aardvark on Wed Jun 13, 2012 at 08:48:14 AM PDT

  •  Karl Rove's donors (3+ / 0-)
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    OleHippieChick, shoeless, Matt Z

    It would be nice if the list of donors is leaked some day. We should do t shirts with their faces mugshot style under ROVE'S CARTEL


  •  I don't mean to sound all "pundit like", but (6+ / 0-)

    I am truly starting to believe maybe all this money spent on negative ads will be money wasted. Those folks who will listen to them are the folks who are not going to vote Obama anyway. The rest of us and the undecided, are sick of them. The G.O.P. primary did some good after all. Negative ad after negative ad, people become oblivious and simply tune them out. I guess Rove will have to go back to his subliminal messages in ads, because the regular run of the mill bullshit, is going to be ignored.

    •  Not having a message besides 'Obama Sucks' (4+ / 0-)
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      is their primary problem.....How much money is it going to take to knock Obama's personal approvals down a point?......Karl thinks he knows.

    •  One thought I had yesterday (0+ / 0-)

      While reading the latest AARP publication that came in the mail (I don't think I'm that old yet, but my wife insists we buy a subscription), I saw an article explaining what to do about PAC commercials which lie or misrepresent things.

      Unlike candidate advertising, this article explained, tv & radio stations are under no compulsion to accept & air PAC commercials. They are also allowed to charge far more for them.

      The example the article gave was taking a YouTube clip that was against a ballot measure & editing it so the clip appeared to be endorsing it. In that case, the woman who had created the clip contacted the tv station & told them just what had happened. That ad was pulled post haste.

      So while this doesn't completely solve the problem of the advertising mismatch, it does give us a stick to beat the media with in the more egregious instances & force those off the air. And might help drive up the advertising cost for those PACs, so their dollars don't go as far as the ones allied with the Dems.


    •  See: Wisconsin (2+ / 0-)
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      Bensdad, George Hier

      8:1 spending margin and we are stuck with the worst governor money can buy. The anti-Barrett ads were relentless and they apparently worked-- at least on low-information voters. Sadly, that demographic is already large and is growing.

      "It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can keep him from lynching me, and I think that's pretty important." Martin Luther King Jr.

      by Arabiflora on Wed Jun 13, 2012 at 11:17:39 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Maybe I am way off base here, but my belief is tha (0+ / 0-)

        Wisconson voters didn't apporve of Walker, they simply rejected the recall effort. As shitty as Walker is, people think they simply made a bad choice, and yes, he lied and deceived, but they didn't want a "do over".  I don't know, but perhaps it would have succeeded, if there was another choice, and not the same candidate who Walker ran against in the general election. I don't know Barrat or anythng about him, I am just talkng human nature. The failed recall was not an affirmation of Walker, hell when 46% vote to recall him, I think he has lots of work to do if he wants to remain in that office. Although, he has the option so many other G.O.P. governors seem inclined to take these days, only serve two years and then set your sights on National office, like Palin and Romney.

    •  That's what the DNC thought about..... (1+ / 0-)
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      George Hier

      .....Wisconsin. Ads work. That's why people buy them, and that is why they are expensive. Events can overtake ads, of course, and prevail over them, but none of the events are rolling our way.

  •  Isn't it odd that they even have to (2+ / 0-)
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    spend any money, given their allies' (at least!) total ownership of most of the airwaves?

    "Lone catch of the moon, the roots of the sigh of an idea there will be the outcome may be why?"--from a spam diary entitled "The Vast World."

    by bryduck on Wed Jun 13, 2012 at 09:48:21 AM PDT

  •  At what point will it be OK to roll out the (2+ / 0-)
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  •  not even photoshopped (6+ / 0-)

    slutty voter for a "dangerous president"; Präsidentenelf-maßschach; Warning-Some Snark Above"Nous sommes un groupuscule" (-9.50; -7.03) "Sciant terra viam monstrare." 政治委员, 政委!

    by annieli on Wed Jun 13, 2012 at 09:52:23 AM PDT

  •  Why doesn't someone like Warren Buffett throw (3+ / 0-)
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    $100 million to the Democrats?

  •  Crossroad GPS... (2+ / 0-)
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    ...are on literally all the time in Michigan.  And it's always the same damn message: Obama's recklessly run up our debt, tell him to stop (by voting against him, natch, but they never come out and say it).

    They've invaded even the cable channels I (occasionally) watch, and I'm sick of it.  Seems to be having an effect in Michigan, though; last poll I saw had Rmoney up 1 in this state.

  •  I gave to Priorties USA & Emily's List today (0+ / 0-)

    Are there any other good ones to give to?

  •  You'd think Obama and the Democrats would get this (6+ / 0-)

    ... now:

    No matter how much the Democrats kowtow to deep-pocket corporate interests, their money is going to go to the Republicans. So quit bowing to the these assholes and run as economic populists!
    Hey, a guy can dream, can't he?
    •  I did. It's similar to the NAFTA provisions, from (1+ / 0-)
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      what I can tell.  You should do a diary on this.  Public Citizen was one of the VERY few groups roundly attacking NAFTA, and for good reason.

      202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them. "We're not perfect, but they're nuts."--Barney Frank 01/02/2012

      by cany on Wed Jun 13, 2012 at 10:06:10 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Question. (8+ / 0-)

    If corporations are "people" and "people" are limited to contributing $2500, why isn't that applicable to all "people"?

    "What I find curious, is how the elected children of Republican politicians, from George W. Bush to Rand Paul to Ben Quayle and on, always happen to be crueler and dumber than their parents." With thanks to MinistryOfTruth.

    by Taxmancometh on Wed Jun 13, 2012 at 10:03:04 AM PDT

    •  Because they are "special" people? Obviously, (0+ / 0-)

      not all people are equal.

      202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them. "We're not perfect, but they're nuts."--Barney Frank 01/02/2012

      by cany on Wed Jun 13, 2012 at 10:07:12 AM PDT

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  •  I refuse to send them any money until (1+ / 0-)
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    they pull their heads out of their asses.

    It's almost like they're trying to lose on purpose.

    Rookie mistake after rookie mistake and, even worse, they refuse to listen to any advice.

    There should be non-stop ads showing Mitt saying corporations are people.

    It's one of the most absurd things ever said and he should be put on defense for it.

    And, Mitt keeps making statements that are WILDLY untrue...and Obama lets them go.

    Like spending.

    Charts worked GREAT for Perot.

    Bring out charts showing Mitt is a LIAR.

    HAMMER HIM for his flip-flopping.

    Show me they'll use the money properly and I'll send it in.

  •  Why is this POS not serving a prison term? (5+ / 0-)

    And a lengthy on at that?

    One of Eric Holder's Justice Dept., now under attack and playing defense against flagrantly corrupt witch hunters like Darrell Issa, is that they failed to sufficiently investigate and prosecute corrupt practices by their predecessors (though truth be told, Congress also bears their share of blame here). But if there were true justice in this country, Karl Rove would likely be serving a lengthy prison term for a whole variety of corrupt practices thate he instigated while the chief political advisor in the Bush White House.

    He - and the injustice that his continued freedom to engage in such harm of our body politic - nauseates me!  

    Randian for me means "Prince Randian" from the 1930s horror classic Freaks and is not a reference to libertarianism.

    by Randian on Wed Jun 13, 2012 at 10:05:55 AM PDT

  •  Thank God the Bush Tax Cuts are nigh permanent (1+ / 0-)
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    so those SuperPACs can get more income!

    Progressive Candidate Obama (now - Nov 6, 2012)
    Bipartisan Obama returns (Nov 7, 2012)

    by The Dead Man on Wed Jun 13, 2012 at 10:09:29 AM PDT

  •  Wisconsin helped (0+ / 0-)

    The Wisconsin outcome gave Rove & co. the selling point that money can actually help them win.

    They have a big positive result to wave around now, especially since both sides are saying money was the deciding factor.

    (There were other issues, like the strength of the democratic candidate, but having that big money allowed them to spread the reframing of the recall from do-you-support-the-gov to do-you-support-recalls, and spread it extremely quickly and thoroughly, until even the media was asking the wrong questions at the exit poll interviews.)

    Without that win, I think many big donors would have held back, worrying they were wasting their money on a losing cause.

    Every flower that you shatter; we will plant again!

    by merrily1000 on Wed Jun 13, 2012 at 10:13:23 AM PDT

  •  There's something that really (3+ / 0-)
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    bothers me about the dem party begging for money every time a news piece comes out about how they are going to be outspent.

    We WILL be outspent.  Dems will NEVER attain the dollars that the GOP has.  Never.  It is a losing game.

    The dems need to come up with creative, grassroots, innovative ways to beat the money.  As long as they continue to try to play catch up with the republicans, they will lose.

    It would also help if the dem party would actually get behind true grassroots movements and act like they really did want to get money out of politics, instead of acting like the pesky little brother or sister who wants to be just like big brother and all his dough....

    "Mediocrity cannot know excellence." -- Sherlock Holmes

    by La Gitane on Wed Jun 13, 2012 at 10:32:13 AM PDT

  •  here in New Mexico (0+ / 0-)

    we're already suffering endless ads for Heather Wilson, the Republican candidate for Senate, in rotation on the broadcast and cable stations.

    Our Democratic candidate, Martin Heinrich, has some visibility with a few ads, but nothing like the onslaught of the Wilson campaign and outside 'nonaffiliated' groups running 'pants on fire'-level lying ads about Obama. I'm sure Heinrich will be targeted by the outside groups in

    My only hope is that by August viewers of the Wilson and SuperPac ads will have grown so tired of the ads they'll tune them out/fast forward/ignore the growing onslaught by the fall.

    In 2008, local companies like car dealers were complaining they couldn't buy ad time on in their normal slots like the local evening news and sports events because every 15 second and up ad block had been bought up by candidates, PAC and other political players. By this fall, I wonder if the networks will even run their own house ads when they could make more money selling the time to Karl Rove.

    Thank the FSM and the Gods I have Tivo.

  •  you give Rove too little credit (0+ / 0-)

    I remember eight years where he was very good at spending all of our money. At least the rich people get what they want for their money, though.

  •  They can call it The Magical Mittstory Tour. (0+ / 0-)

    Liberals: Taking crap for being right since before you were born. - Driftglass (and the amazing Professional Left Podcast at

    by briefer on Wed Jun 13, 2012 at 11:01:57 AM PDT

  •  Crossroads is a philanthropy right? (0+ / 0-)

    From the content of their product, I'd say they're a hate group.

  •  We all need to respond and donate (0+ / 0-)

    to Obama, what you can, when you can. I know were in a tough time, but even if its only $3.00 it will help. Thank you!

  •  And we have no plan....... (0+ / 0-)

    .....Every state is Wisconsin now.

  •  Most Effective Petition this Community Could Do... (0+ / 0-)

    is to petition Soros, Buffet, Kaiser, Gates, Ellison and other Dem billionaires to immediately fund Priorities USA with  $1B.

    Trust-Fund Kids of America Unite... save the Bush tax cuts!

    by JCPOK on Wed Jun 13, 2012 at 12:00:31 PM PDT

  •  I'm pretty sure Karl Rove eats his own boogers /nt (0+ / 0-)

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