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Campaign ads

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.


Poll: Majority wants corporate money out of politics

Nearly 90 percent of people in the United States say there is too much corporate money in politics, according to a new poll from a collection of watchdog and public interest groups.

The poll, released Thursday by the Corporate Reform Coalition and conducted by the Democratic-leaning Bannon Communications Research group, asked 804 people their opinions on the role that corporate money plays in political campaigns.

Eighty-one percent of those polled felt that corporations should only spend money on political campaigns if they disclose their spending immediately. And 80 percent of respondents said companies should only spend money on political campaigns if they get approval from shareholders.

Lisa Gilbert, the director of Public Citizen’s Congress Watch division, pointed to the poll’s results to argue that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) should require publicly traded companies to reveal their campaign donations.

“Secret corporate spending is appalling in a representative democracy, and this poll shows that the public agrees,” Gilbert said in a statement.


Crossroads launches over $10 million in ads targeting races at every level

Conservative super-PAC American Crossroads and its nonprofit arm, Crossroads GPS, are launching over $10 million in ads targeting the president in eight swing states and five candidates for the Senate and House nationwide.

The Crossroads GPS ad launched in New York's 1st congressional district race is the first from the nonprofit in a House race. It highlights Rep. Tim Bishop's (D) possible request for campaign donations in exchange for official assistance to a constituent, an issue first reported by Politico that has since become a campaign issue in the district.


Super-PAC spends $5.5 million in support of GOP Young Guns

YG Action Fund, a super-PAC started by former aides to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), is spending $5.5 million in 12 House districts over the next few months to support candidates considered Young Guns, the National Republican Congressional Committee's list of rising GOP stars.

The super-PAC is supporting Republican candidates Adam Hastner in Florida's 22nd district, Jason Plummer in Illinois's 12th district, Jackie Walorski in Indiana's 2nd district, Kim Vann in California's 3rd district, David Valadao in California's 21st district, David Rouzer and Richard Hudson in North Carolina's 7th and 8th districts, respectively, Keith Rothfus in Pennsylvania's 12th district and Richard Tisei in Massachusetts's 6th district.

YG Action Fund will also be spending to keep charter Young Guns members Reps. Joe Heck (R-Nev.), Frank Guinta (R-N.H.) and Robert Hurt (R-Va.) in office.


New Romney ad changes tone

Romney’s campaign unveiled a new ad that embraced a more positive tone than his recent attacks on Obama's economic record.