A new Republican political group launched a television ad Friday ripping Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) for his state’s struggling economy.
American Crossroads, an 527 group backed by former Bush adviser Karl Rove and ex-Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie, bought $120,000 of state airtime starting Friday. The ad is one of the first GOP responses to Reid’s aggressive advertising strategy against his opponent Sharron Angle (R).
“While Nevada’s economy was falling apart, Harry Reid was using his position to promote the interests of his Washington friends, not Nevada’s,” said Steven Law, president and CEO of American Crossroads. “The one thing a Senate majority leader should be able to control is what’s in the bill — but Reid was too busy taking orders from the White House to put his own state first.”
A poll released Friday showed that Reid had taken a statistically significant lead over Angle for the first time in a major poll since she won her primary contest last month. Reid’s surge followed a string of television ads released by his campaign hitting Angle for being too extreme.
The Senate majority leader has spent $3 million in television ads since the beginning of April.
By law, American Crossroads’ 527, tax-exempt status bars them from making direct expenditures that advocate for the election or defeat of a specific candidate. The language of the ad does not specifically call on voters to choose Angle over Reid.
But like other 527s, the group is working to get Republicans elected in the fall midterm elections. After falling behind on their $50 million fundraising goal for the midterms earlier this year, the group raised $8 million in June.