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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

GOP Groups Level Out The Playing Field With Ad Blitz Buy

GOP groups will be providing GOP friendly ads to help across the country in districts where Democratic politicians have more money and was perceived to have the financial edge.

Unions and other outside groups will also be spending large sums by advertising for Democrats.

While Democrats and Barack Obama bemoan the outside groups, they are less than communicative about the spending by outside groups being done on their behalf.

The very last paragraph of the WSJ piece does highlight one very important truth.

Meanwhile, Democrats have received $482 million, or 53%, of the $911 million donated to all congressional candidates and political parties from corporate political-action committees or individuals who work for companies, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. Democrats have also collected 93% of the $49 million donated by labor unions.

WSJ reports:

An alliance of Republican groups is launching a $50 million advertising blitz this week in a final push to help the GOP win a majority in the House, representing the biggest spending blitz ever by such groups in a congressional election campaign.

The coordinated effort, which the groups have dubbed the "House surge strategy," tops what the official Republican House election committee expects to spend on television ads for the entire contest. It is aimed at the few dozen competitive races where Democratic candidates have significantly more money in the bank than their Republican opponents, eating into one of the Democrats' last financial advantages.

Democratic candidates, notably incumbents, have raised more cash than many of their Republican rivals in this year's most competitive House races, according to a Wall Street Journal tally of Federal Election Commission data. In the 40 races deemed toss-ups by the Cook Political Report, a political handicapper, Democratic candidates had a combined $39.3 million of cash on hand as of June 30, the most-recent filing deadline. Republican candidates had $16.5 million in the bank.

Steven Law, who runs two of the Republican organizations, American Crossroads and its affiliate Crossroads GPS, said the effort was "aimed at putting Republicans over the top by evening out the financial disparities and dramatically expanding the field of battle."

Democrats continue to whine about outside interference, even though the political PAC's are Americans who have the right to back whomever they choose, but the stay very quiet about the help being given to them by those same types of groups.

Via The Politico:

“While Obama and the DNC were wasting money producing false ads to run on DC television, we have been working with like-minded groups to launch a $50 million House Surge that strikes far beyond their 40-seat firewall, expanding the battlefield and forcing them to thin out the resources dedicated to vulnerable members,” American Crossroads spokesman Jonathan Collegio wrote in an e-mail to reporters Wednesday morning.