Crossroads Ad Campaign Targets House Democrats

Crossroads Ad Campaign Targets House Democrats

By Caitlin Huey-Burns - July 18, 2011

Crossroads GPS launched its third round of summer television advertisements Monday, this time targeting 10 vulnerable Democratic House members. The ads are the latest in a $20 million series hitting Democratic lawmakers and President Obama on government spending and the economy.

The conservative group said it paid $1.4 million for the 30-second spots, which will air for two weeks in the districts of Reps. Mike Ross of Arkansas, Lois Capps of California, Jerry Costello of Illinois, Leonard Boswell of Iowa, Ben Chandler of Kentucky, Bill Owens and Tim Bishop of New York, Heath Shuler of North Carolina, Kurt Schrader of Oregon and Jim Matheson of Utah.

Each spot shows the respective House member speaking about fiscal responsibility and spending reduction before highlighting his or her support for legislation such as the $787 billion stimulus, bailouts or raising the debt limit. The ads urge viewers to tell their representatives, "No more reckless spending and debt, no more blank checks."

Earlier this month the group spent $7 million on state ads targeting several Democratic senators in a similar fashion and a national spot urging voters to "take away President Obama's blank check." Crossroads spent $5 million in June on unemployment- and national debt-focused ads.

"President Obama is leveraging his bully-pulpit for millions of dollars in free airtime, and as the debt negotiations unfold we must make sure Americans are getting the facts about the reckless spending in Washington," said Crossroads President Steven Law in a statement released with the ads. "President Obama and his congressional allies have already wasted hundreds of billions of our tax dollars, and we need to send them the message that they don't deserve another penny in taxes."

Caitlin Huey-Burns is a congressional reporter for RealClearPolitics. She can be reached at Follow her on Twitter @CHueyBurnsRCP.

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