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Club for Growth ads attack GOP front-runner in Nebraska

The Club for Growth is going up with ads attacking Nebraska state Attorney General Jon Bruning (R), adding to a recent bombardment on the airwaves as the state's Senate race heats up.

The television and radio ads by the fiscally conservative group accuse Bruning of concealing a habit of big spending. The Club for Growth said the final budget for the ads hasn't been determined, but that the television ad will air statewide on broadcast and cable.

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Flake challenger drops another $250,000 on immigration ads

Businessman Wil Cardon is spending $250,000 to air television ads staking out his hard-line stance on immigration as he works toward the GOP nomination for Senate in Arizona.

A source tracking the ad market in Arizona said Cardon had purchased $208,000 in air time in Phoenix and another $56,000 in the cheaper market of Tucson, Ariz.

"Wil Cardon's immigration plan will fight Obama's war against Arizona's security and economy, supporting S.B. 1070, [and] national guard troops to secure the border," says the narrator.

The ad also notes Cardon's opposition to "amnesty for illegal immigrants" and to allowing children brought into the country illegally to qualify for in-state tuition.

Also included in the ad is the now-famous photograph of Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) wagging her finger at President Obama.

"By sticking to our principles and respecting the rule of law, we can end illegal immigration," Cardon says in the ad.

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Maine Senate candidate asks for FEC permission to use federal contractor services 'pro bono'

A Senate candidate's campaign asked the Federal Election Commission (FEC) Monday if his campaign could use pro bono legal services from a federal contractor.

Angus King, the former independent governor of Maine, would like his campaign to use legal services provided by law firm Pierce Atwood (PA) for free. The candidate’s campaign treasurer submitted an advisory opinion request asking for “expedited” permission to use the firm’s legal services.

King is running for Sen. Olympia Snowe's (R-Maine) open seat.

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Deb Fischer launches first Senate ad in Nebraska

Nebraska state Sen. Deb Fischer (R) went on the air Monday with the first ad of her campaign for retiring Sen. Ben Nelson's (D-Neb.) seat, touting her conservative credentials and Nebraska roots in a positive bio-spot.

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Sen. Corker draws 8 Dem, 4 GOP challengers

Eight Democrats and four Republicans have filed to run against Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) as he seeks a second term in the Senate.

Notable on the Democratic side is Park Overall, a Broadway and screen actress and a prominent environmental activist, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported. On the GOP side, two Tea Party candidates and two others will challenge Corker in the primary.

{mosads}Unseating Corker will be an uphill slog for any candidate — especially when it comes to raising enough cash to be competitive. Corker had almost $7.4 million saved up for his reelection as of the end of 2011.

Corker has also been floated as a possible vice presidential pick, and didn’t rule out the prospect when asked about it on Thursday, according to the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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Poll: Gillibrand trouncing GOP opponents

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) is in solid shape for reelection, a new poll showed, even with Rep. Bob Turner (R-N.Y.) in the race.

Gillibrand’s approval rating stands at 60 percent in a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday — her highest rating ever, according to Quinnipiac.

She also has more than twice as much support as Turner, her nearest competititor. Gillibrand takes 57 percent to Turner’s 27 in a general election. Matched up against Republican Wendy Long, Gillibrand leads by 33 points, and her lead over Nassau Country Comptroller George Maragos (R) is 35 points.

“Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s three opponents, so far, fall short of even the generic GOP vote,” said Quinnipiac pollster Maurice Carrol in a polling memo. “But it’s seven long months until Election Day.”

Democrats aren’t sweating Gillibrand’s reelection, and she had more than $8 million stockpiled as of the end of 2011. Turner launched a long-shot bid to unseat Gillibrand in March when it became clear his Queens-area district would likely be dismantled by redistricting.

The poll of 1,597 New York voters was conducted March 28-April 2 and had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.5 percentage points.

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