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Lundergan Grimes ad accuses McConnell of political arson

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) taking credit for ending the government shutdown is like an arsonist taking credit for putting out a fire he started, says a hard-hitting new Web ad from Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D).

Web ad: Now Republicans care about health reform? Bulls--t

Liberal advocacy group Americans United for Change released a Web ad on Friday calling out Republicans for what they said is a hypocritical reaction to the problems plaguing the ObamaCare website.

NRCC launches radio ads highlighting ObamaCare site glitches

Republicans are targeting 11 House Democrats with ads criticizing the rollout of the ObamaCare website.

Dem super-PAC revives Akin website after Franks remark

Democratic super-PAC American Bridge relaunched its election-season "It's Not Just Akin" website Thursday after a controversial comment by Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) regarding pregnancy and rape.

The Democratic group originally launched the website ahead of last year's Republican National Convention, looking to seize on former Rep. Todd Akin's (R-Mo.) comment that in instances of "legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down."

Akin's comment became a flashpoint in the election. He went on to lose his race against Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), while President Obama won women by a 55-43 percent margin.

On Wednesday, Franks said "the incidence of rape resulting in pregnancy are very low." Franks made the comment while arguing against a Democratic amendment allowing an exception for rape and incest victims in his bill banning abortions after the 20th week of gestation.


Paul might continue to back controversial gun rights group

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said Wednesday he might continue to support a controversial gun-owners’ rights group despite taking heat from from Republican colleagues.

Paul recently signed a fundraising letter for the National Association for Gun Rights, which has run television and radio ads accusing Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) of teaming up with liberal Democrats to push gun-control legislation.

Paul distanced himself from the group, but said he might continue to help with its fundraising.

“I have signed fundraising letters for them. I don’t have a connection with the group. It’s illegal for me to have a direct connection with the group or talk about what ads they run or not,” said Paul. “I can make a decision in the future over whether I’ll continue to do it, and I haven’t come to a conclusion or thought that through yet.”


Unions liken Boehner to Mr. Potter in ‘cliff’ drama

Unions are attacking Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) in a new national television ad that likens him to the penny-pinching Mr. Potter of “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

In a clip that pays homage to the Christmas favorite, the ads say Boehner’s plan to stop the tax increases and budget cuts of the “fiscal cliff” would sacrifice entitlement programs while protecting the wealthy. 

“Welcome to Boehnerville — where the rich won’t pay their fair share; our children’s educations will be cut; Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security will be put at risk; and the economic recovery would falter,” the ad says before encouraging people to contact Congress.


Unions target McCaskill, Warner in new round of ‘cliff’ ads

A coalition of unions is launching a new round of television ads on Friday pressuring centrist lawmakers to oppose entitlement cuts in a “fiscal cliff” deal. 

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), the National Education Association (NEA) and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) are sponsoring television ads that ask lawmakers not to cut Medicare and Medicaid benefits. 

The television ads are a six-figure buy and will run for about a week starting Friday. They will target Sens. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Reps. Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.) and Pat Tiberi (R-Ohio). Warner is up for reelection in 2014.


Almost $600M spent during election on ads focusing on jobs

The presidential campaigns and outside groups supporting them spent a monumental $588 million on ads focusing on jobs, in an election cycle that often strayed from what both sides seemed to agree were the central issues at hand: jobs and the economy.

According to a report from Kantar Media's Campaign Media Analysis Group, Republicans outspent Democrats on presidential election ads with a job focus by nearly $150 million. The GOP also hammered the job message in the Senate races in Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, outspending Democrats by at least $1 million in Indiana and by 4 to 1 in Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Despite the millions more spent by Republicans, their candidates lost in every one of those races.