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Crossroads to let loose $1 million in ads against Obama, Ben Nelson

President Obama and Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) are about to become the latest targets in a barrage of television attacks ads emanating from Crossroads GPS, a conservative outside group formed by former Bush adviser Karl Rove.

Ads knocking Obama over his administration's efforts to bolster Solyndra, a failed solar energy company that has become a White House headache, will start airing nationwide on Monday night, the group announced. Crossroads has spent $500,000 to buy time on cable networks.

"Obama says 'spend more' and promises jobs. Obama donors and insiders line up for handouts," the narrator in the ad says, accusing Obama of pursuing risky investments for the benefit of his allies. "Who pays the bill? We do."

Crossroads has reserved another $500,000 of ad time in Omaha, Neb., and Lincoln, Neb., for ads attacking Nelson, a spokesman confirmed.

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Republican joins air war in Oregon special House race

Rob Cornilles, the Republican nominee in a special House race in Oregon, went on the air with his first television ad of the campaign on Thursday, the same day both his opponent and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee started airing ads of their own ads opposing his candidacy.

The escalation of the air war almost two months out from the Jan. 31 special election for former Rep. David Wu's (D-Ore.) seat signaled that both parties are heavily invested in a race in which the outcome is likely to attract outsize attention.

A loss by Democrat Suzanne Bonamici, like the loss by Democrats in two special House elections in September, would likely be seized by Republicans as a sign that major electoral gains are in store in other races one year from now.

The Cornilles and Bonamici campaigns did not release the size of their ad buys, but a source in Oregon said that the DCCC spent about $150,000 to attack Cornilles.

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Conservative seniors group targets Sherrod Brown with $750,000 ad buy

A conservative senior-citizen group is spending three-quarters of a million dollars to target Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), who is fighting to hold on to his seat in the Senate.

The television ad by the 60 Plus Association hits Brown on the Independent Payment Advisory Board created by President Obama's healthcare reform legislation, which Brown supported. It warns seniors that the board could ration care or deny treatments to patients.

And while most conservatives have criticized healthcare reform for spending too much, the 60 Plus ad goes after the legislation for cutting funding for Medicare.

"Your choices could be limited and you may not be able to keep your own doctor. Medicare will be bankrupt in nine years, but Washington politicians, like Sherrod Brown, are ignoring the problem, putting their own reelections first," entertainer Pat Boone, the group's spokesman, says in the ad.

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DNC to push Obama vets bill in crucial swing states

Democrats will tout the first part of President Obama's jobs plan that appears likely to pass the Senate in a television ad set to air next week in three states crucial to his reelection.

The ad, which will air in New Mexico, Ohio and North Carolina, highlights Obama's efforts to secure employment for veterans by offering tax credits to those who hire them.

"I served my country and can’t find a job," Steve Gallucci, who served in Iraq, says in the ad. "This jobs plan definitely is going to do that."

A narrator adds that the plan is fully paid for "by asking millionaires and corporations to pay their fair share."

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