Crossroads GPS releases ads attacking Dems in five swing states

Crossroads GPS's $874,000 in Missouri goes up the day after a primary election anointed Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) as her challenger, considered by most Democrats a boon to McCaskill. But the choice of a Republican candidate means that the race will only heat up in a key swing state this year, and attacks like this one from Crossroads GPS — which charges her with "sid[ing] with government" on taxes — will only grow louder.

Former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine (D), running a fierce campaign fight for Virginia's open Senate seat, is slammed for what the ad characterizes as his tax-raising, big-spending record during his time as governor in a $1.9 million buy. In Montana, a $397,000 total buy tacks the same tax-raising record on incumbent Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.).

Each ad directs viewers to visit, where Crossroads GPS lays out its electoral platform, which includes a "pro-growth tax system" and replacing President Obama's healthcare reform law.

Unique among the five ads is one running in a $768,000 buy in Nevada attacking Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.) for a "disturbing pattern of unethical behavior." Berkley is currently under investigation by the House Ethics Committee for allegations that she's abused her position to help her husband's business interests. Though the investigation has not yet turned up any clear wrongdoing, its a label that will make it more difficult for Shelley to defeat incumbent Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.).