VIRGINIA SENATE: Tim Kaine vs. George Allen
The Virginia Senate race, pitting two former governors against each other, is one of the highly-competitive races this year that could decide whether Democrats or Republicans have control of the Senate.
It should come as no surprise, then, that the Karl Rove-linked super PAC powerhouse, Crossroads GPS, is channeling huge sums of money into the race, as are other groups on both sides.
Outside groups have spent nearly $16 million so far on the race between Democrat Tim Kaine and Republican George Allen, who are competing to replace retiring Democratic Sen. Jim Webb. Crossroads GPS, a tax-exempt nonprofit group, has spent the most, investing nearly $4.5 million to attack Kaine. Its sister organization American Crossroads (which, unlike Crossroads GPS, is required to reveal its donors) has spent another $728,000 attacking Kaine. The two groups together have aired a total of 12 different ads in Virginia. In the above ad, Crossroads GPS calls Kaine "addicted" to spending, slamming him for a tax proposal he put forward in 2009.
On the Democratic side, big spenders include the Democratic super PAC, Majority PAC, which has spent more than $3.6 million attacking Allen. The nonpartisan, pro-environment group the League of Conservation Voters has also spent more than $1.4 million against Allen. The Associated Press described one League of Conservation Voters mailer against Allen that portrayed him as the goofy "Gilligan" character from the 1960s show "Gilligan's Island."
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