Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies (Crossroads GPS) today released a new round of TV ads focused on the economy, jobs, wasteful stimulus spending and government regulations in four key states.
The new buys will run for two weeks and total nearly $1.1 million across the five states on broadcast TV and with targeted internet placements. Ads begin running today in Massachusetts, Missouri, Montana, and Nebraska.
This latest Crossroads GPS initiative comes one day after the launch of a new ad targeting liberal U.S. Rep. Leonard Boswell (D-Iowa). Crossroads GPS has invested nearly $20 million on issue advocacy in 2011.
The Missouri spot accuses Sen. Claire McCaskill and the president of "reckless spending," the Montana spot highlights Sen. John Tester's support of Obama's stimulus and health care plans and the Nebraska ad accuses Sen. Ben Nelson of selling out to the president during the health care negotiations.
"He demanded a pay-off, accused of selling his vote, cynical what's in it for me type politics," the ad in Nebraska says. "Look at the damage he did- higher taxes, cutting Medicare spending and embarrassing Nebraska. Ben Nelson sold out to Obama when it mattered most."
Nonpartisan political handicapper Charlie Cook lists the four Senate races as "toss up." Stuart Rothenberg lists the races in Massachusetts, Missouri and Montana as "toss up" and the race in Nebraska as "toss up/tilt Republican." Nelson, the Nebraska incumbent, has yet to decide if he will run for reelection in 2012.