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August 19, 2008

MoveOn Ties Dole, McCain

The liberal MoveOn.org is up with a new ad accusing John McCain and Elizabeth Dole of offering tax breaks to big oil companies.

While other independent organizations have jumped into other contests, it is MoveOn's first venture into a Senate contest this year, and the purchase is not insignificant; the group announced plans to spend $500,000 on the new campaign:

Dole is already the target of a big Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee ad buy, and her financial lead over rival Kay Hagan is being challenged by early independent spending.

If Dole finds herself in trouble, National Republican Senatorial Committee Chair John Ensign's promise to match Democratic independent spending on a dollar-for-dollar basis will be a huge help as the first-term Dole tries to keep her seat.