The Senate Democrats' campaign arm has launched a $9.1 million ad buy hammering North Carolina Republican nominee Thom Tillis.
Polls show Tillis and incumbent Sen. Kay HaganKay HaganGOP senator floats retiring over gridlock 2016’s battle for the Senate: A shifting map The untold stories of the 2016 battle for the Senate MORE (D-N.C.) within a few points of each other in the Tar Heel State, a critical race for Democrats as they try to hold on to the Senate.
"Tillis sliced and diced education, creating chaos in our classrooms and hurting middle class families, while giving tax breaks to yacht and jet owners," a female narrator says in the ad.
The ad is an attack on Tillis' record as Speaker in the state House, whose Republican-led Legislature cut taxes last year, reducing education funding by $480 million over two years, according to The Associated Press.
According to a Washington Post fact check, though, an EMILY's List ad that made a similar claim was exaggerated and the education budget was bolstered.
“Kay Hagan’s Democratic allies, including Barack ObamaBarack ObamaMarkos Moulitsas: Kill the filibuster David Webb: Act like winners Japanese PM Abe won't apologize at Pearl Harbor MORE and Harry ReidHarry ReidGOP eager to see Harry Reid go Democratic efforts to cling to power at FCC are doomed to fail Lawmakers haggle over funding bill as shutdown nears MORE, are trying to buy North Carolina’s Senate race with a flood of shamefully false television ads that contain outright lies already debunked by national fact-checkers,” said Tillis spokesman Daniel Keylin.