GOP Group Hits House Democrats on Economy

By Jessica Taylor

Crossroads GPS is turning its fire against ten House Democrats this week, in a new ad campaign hitting them over their stewardship of the economy.

An affiliate of American Crossroads, it's the group's first major foray into the House race battlegrounds this year after playing a pivotal role in last year's midterm elections, spending over $70 million in 2010.


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The first ad buys will air in districts of Reps. Mike Ross (D-Ark.), Jim Matheson (D-Utah), Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.), Heath Shuler (D-N.C.), Bill Owens (D-N.Y.), Tim Bishop (D-N.Y.), Ben Chandler (D-Ky.), Leonard Boswell (D-Iowa), Jerry Costello (D-Ill.), and Lois Capps (D-Calif.).

Each of the ads features footage of the member talking about reducing spending or the deficit, but then goes on to list bills they supported, such as raising the debt limit in the past or backing the $787 billion stimulus.

Similar to spots launched earlier this month in 11 states, the new ads will be aired for two weeks, and cost the group $1.4 million. It comes as negotiations between Congress and the White House over raising the debt limit are at a critical impasse.

"President Obama is leveraging his bully-pulpit for millions of dollars in free airtime, and as the debt negotiations reach a flashpoint we must and make sure Americans are getting the facts," Crossroads GPS President Steven Law said in a statement.

"President Obama and his congressional allies have already wasted hundreds of billions of our tax dollars, and we need to send them the message that they don't deserve another penny in taxes."

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