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Published — August 23, 2012 Updated — May 19, 2014 at 12:19 pm ET

Daily Disclosure: GOP nonprofits continue attacks on Senate Dems

Rove, Koch-connected groups air attacks

Introduction

The conservative nonprofit Americans for Prosperity on Wednesday announced a $2.7 million ad buy that will target Democrats in five key Senate races across the country.

The targets are Rep. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., Rep. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., Rep. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev., and former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine.

The first of the ads targets Baldwin and began airing in Wisconsin last week, according to a press release from Americans for Prosperity.

Tammy Baldwin: Stop Wasteful Spending,” features a handful of Wisconsinites who believe that “Washington can sure learn a lot from Wisconsin, especially how to tighten their belts and balance the budget.”

The Americans for Prosperity ad also points out Baldwin’s vote in favor of the Affordable Care Act, which it claims will cost $2 trillion — “double what was promised.”

In March, the Congressional Budget Office estimated the net cost of the Act would be $1.1 trillion over nine years.

Two other ads that are part of the buy were released online yesterday. “Smarter Spending Not Higher Taxes” targets Kaine, while “Nevada Taxpayers First” targets Berkley.

The remainder of the ads will air over a two-week period. It is not clear when that period began.

The ads are separate from the $25 million ad campaign targeting President Barack Obama that Americans for Prosperity announced in early August.

Americans for Prosperity is not required to disclose its donors thanks to its nonprofit status, but is connected to billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch. Koch-backed organizations plan to spend an estimated $400 million on the 2012 elections, Politico reported in May.

Americans for Prosperity alone spent at least $1.3 million on political advertising during the 2009-2010 election cycle and has already spent at least $14.7 million this cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

The organization bills itself as a “grassroots” advocate for free markets and limited government. It has also been called an “incubator” for the tea party movement.

Senate races have also drawn spending form Crossroads GPS, the nonprofit sister organization of super PAC American Crossroads as well as other conservative groups.

The organization announced a $4.2 million ad campaign targeting key Senate races in Ohio, Montana, New Mexico and Florida. Florida — where Democratic incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson faces Club for Growth-endorsed Republican Rep. Connie Mack — is a new target for Crossroads this year. The campaign also represents the first reported negative spending from the Crossroads camp in the New Mexico Senate race, where former Republican Rep. Heather Wilson faces current Rep. Martin Heinrich, a Democrat.

The conservative nonprofit American Future Fund announced yesterday that it spent $600,000 on two ads opposing Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev., and former North Dakota attorney general Heidi Heitkamp. Both are running for Senate in their home states. The North Dakota ad, “Choice,” attacks Heitkamp for her support of Obama and the Affordable Care Act. The anti-Berkley ad, “Battle Born,” targets Berkley for corruption allegations she has faced in recent months.

In other spending news:

  • The nonprofit Republican Governors Association began airing an ad targeting Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock on Wednesday. “The Real Steve Bullock” claims the attorney general has been endorsed by “extreme environmentalists” — the Montana Conservation Voters, which calls itself “the political voice of Montana’s conservation and environmental community.” The ad also derisively cites his C+ rating from the National Rifle Association. “Those aren’t Montana values,” the ad says.

Correction: A previous version of this story said Nevada was part of Crossroads GPS’s new ad campaign. The four states that are part of the campaign are Ohio, New Mexico, Florida and Montana.

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Trump needs to conduct these activities because the entire MSM media, excluding Fox, is campaigning against him 24/7/365.

Didn’t Monica’s boyfriend’s wife and various criminal enterprises outspend Trump by almost 2-1?

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Why wouldn’t he get an early start on fund raising? Hillary outspent him two-to-one in 2016. The Dem’s are the party of big money. The President knows this and is attempting to get a jump on it. Of course the Dem candidate will outspend him in 2020 so it’s only rational that he starts fund raising now.

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Oh brother. We just 8 years of the Campaigner – in – Chief. Where was this journalistic rectal thermometer then. Just another article about 2000 words too long that merely takes another slap at Trump for something he far from initiated.

j stevenson
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j stevenson

The big difference between Trump and all the rest is his refusing to accept funds from lobbyists, so they don’t have the White House access they are used to. These are the donors who buy the presidency and are as pixxed off that he won the election as are the media and the Dems. Lobbyists have never been shut out of the WH and Trump has told them he is not for sale.

jan v
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jan v

all the lobbyists are running all our government agencies and all the career civil servants who know how to run the country have been fired. YOU think this is a good thing ? what a crock…

thomas alessi
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thomas alessi

I am for Trump

Martin Shellabarger
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J. Stevenson, what are you drinking? Trump has more lobbyists in his administration than probably any other president. Trump is totally “for sale”, and the corporations know it. Grow a brain!

Anonymous
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Trump needs to be impeached and tossed in prison. Then have the key thrown away so he will never be free. Then he can see how it feels not to have freedom.

Mark Sullivan
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Mark Sullivan

Thank you for the usual insightful leftist low IQ Snowflake response.

barney
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hes not imprisoning them hes sending them back to their country chill tf out

SOUTH JERSEY
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SOUTH JERSEY

WHY DONT YOU HAVE FREEDOM?

Tom Larkin
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Tom Larkin

First, something positive. I was happy to learn of empirical information in article. BUT, the article was so slanted against President Trump as to be deemed fake news (“Perhaps Trump just lied.” (Two different issues)). The article mentions that President Trump raised over $67 million, but ended 2018 with $19 million. President Trump spent over $40 million 2016 and 2017. President Trump conducted 57 political rallies. The article notes the hats and T-shirts sold, but NEVER MENTIONS THE INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF REPUBLICAN SENATORS during a mid-term election that lost the House and the number of political rallies in… Read more »

Ted Sirois
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Ted Sirois

At least Trump is getting donations from willing donors. Fresh from his first election, Obama used billions of our children’s tax dollars to save thousands of union jobs in the car industry and bailed out the banks and many Wall Street businesses. This secured his source of reelection funds for his reelection four years later.

South Jersey
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South Jersey

TRUMP 2020; IS AN AMAZINGLY SMART MAN! VERY ORIGINAL & CREATIVE. I AM HAPPY TO HAVE HIS AS POTUS.

SOUTH JERSEY
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THIS ARTICLE WAS OBVIOUSLY WRITTEN BY, A TRUMP-HATE-GROUP. THAT FEELS; IT IS NOT NORMAL TO BE SUCCESSFUL WITH YOUR OWN BRAND NAME. WHEN, IF FACT, IT IS NORMAL! >>>>> THIS IS >>> FAKE NEWS!!! <<<< ie: A PACK-OF-LIES; SPUN INTO; DEFAMATION OF CHARACTER. FOR A SINISTER-AGENDA OF; FASCIST DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST, COUP D'ETAT

David
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David

Are you on some kind of drugs? Writing in caps makes me think that you are grumpy old fart or a uneducated hillbilly.