American Crossroads launches new campaign targeting 10 House seats

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American Crossroads has 10 in their crosshairs.

The most successful conservative super-PAC — fundraising groups that can accept unlimited contributions from individuals, corporations or unions — is continuing its $20 million TV and radio campaign with ads hitting 10 House Democrats.

The TV spots, totaling nearly $1.4 million, will run for two weeks starting on Monday, according to American Crossroads, as part of their “No More Blank Checks” ad blitz hitting Democrats on the age-old themes of taxing and spending.

Most of the “Watch” ad against the Democrats come in same basic template — an iPad featuring the clips of the representatives’ calling for responsible government spending, after which the narrator points to the actual “billions in new taxes and trillions in crushing debt” and the “reckless spending.”

“The debt limit debate going on now is a once a decade opportunity to have a real, lasting impact on fiscal policy in America,” American Crossroads communications director Jonathan Collegio, told The Daily Caller. “These ads are designed to apply pressure to key members of Congress leading up to the vote. ”

The Democrats getting all the attention are Reps. Mike Ross of Arkansas; Jim Matheson of Utah; Kurt Schrader of Oregon; Heath Shuler of North Carolina; Bill Owens and Tim Bishop of New York; Ben Chandler of Kentucky; Leonard Boswell of Iowa; Jerry Costello of Illinois and Lois Capps of California.

They’ve been marked as top targets for Republicans in the 2012 race, as most barely squeaked past 50 percent wins in last year’s midterms. The best results came from Ross (57.5 percent against Republican Beth Anne Rankin) and Shuler ( 54.3 percent against Jeff Miller).

The “Watch” ads follow on the heels of American Crossroads’ national cable and broadcast TV spot “Wake Up” currently running in in Colorado, Iowa, North Carolina, New Mexico, Nevada and Virginia. The group also targets Sens. Bill Nelson of Florida, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Jon Tester of Montana, Ben Nelson of Nebraska and Sherrod Brown of Ohio with new television ads.


Katie McHugh contributed to this report. Email Jeff Winkler and follow him on Twitter