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Crossroads GPS, US Chamber launch new ads for Tillis

Posted September 29, 2014
Updated September 30, 2014

This is a still image from the Crossroads GPS ad, "Partisan," that began running Sept. 30, 2014 in the U.S. Senate race between Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., and state House Speaker Thom Tillis, R-Mecklenburg.

— Crossroads GPS is launching a $5 million ad buy Tuesday in support of Thom Tillis' U.S. Senate campaign, one of two outside spending groups to announce new ads in the North Carolina race this week.

"Thom Tillis will replace Obamacare with quality health care that works," says the Crossroads GPS ad, which hammers on the topic of health care.

Tillis, the Republican state House speaker from Mecklenburg County, is trying to unseat U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, a first-term Democrat from Greensboro.

Some political analysts had expected the Affordable Care Act, what some people call "Obamacare," to lose its political punch after outside groups like Crossroads and Americans for Prosperity used the issue repeatedly this spring. Crossroads is using the vote to once again emphasize Hagan's cooperation with President Barack Obama.

"This is the beginning of a multi-week effort in the final stretch to highlight Kay Hagan’s partisan record," said Paul Lindsay, a spokesman for the group. "Her support of the Obama agenda is a central part of that record and are a clear contrast to Thom Tillis’ work on behalf of North Carolina families."

The ad kicks off by criticizing Hagan's vote for the ACA. It then goes on to praise Tillis for his policy positions and work on insurance for children with autism.

Crossroads GPS is one of a pair of nonprofits that operate under the Crossroads brand. It is affiliated with Karl Rove, the former political adviser to President George W. Bush.

Crossroads spent heavily during the primary to help Tillis ward off challenges from other Republicans and is renewing its commitment as numerous polls show Tillis trailing Hagan by 3 or 4 percentage points.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce was also an early Tillis backer. The national pro-business group on Monday started promoting an ad through social media that features NASCAR legend Richard Petty. In the commercial, Petty calls Tillis, "a leader who will get the job done in the U.S. Senate."

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  • Charlie Watkins Oct 4, 2014
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    I am disappointed in Obama so I will not vote for Hagan. Someone needs to challenge Obama's grab of power.

  • flyfish42 Oct 3, 2014

    People are known by the company they keep. Tillis should be getting nervous about the caliber of his supporters.

  • Terry Lightfoot Oct 3, 2014
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    Richard Petty...stick to 'raaccing' and leave the politics to the common folk. You surely don't need the $$ and your commerical was about as scripted as I can remember. Looks like you were reading from a teleprompter and they gave you the lines 5 minutes before air time. Guess you should concentrate on kepping it between the lines and avoid running other drivers off the road...(hint hint I-85 tap the otherdrivers rear)

  • patracles221 Oct 3, 2014

    I hope someone will ask tillis at a debate what kind of people he would appoint to the SCOTUS. I really can't wait to hear him say scalia and thomas and then hear the groan from audience.

  • miseem Oct 1, 2014

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    I hit send too early. This list covers donations for 15 years, so any group created just 4 years ago will generally be further down the list than a group in existence for 15 years. Some of the groups in this list are not active at all in NC politics, such as a union for state and local government employees. And there is a big warning in the text of the report - "It's also important to note that we aren't including donations to politically active dark money groups, like Americans for Prosperity, a group linked to the Koch brothers, or the liberal group Patriot Majority — because these groups hide their donors." Crossroads GPS is another group that does not report on the source of their donations. So this report is useful in seeing which groups that report sources of contributions over a 15 year period. It's useless in seeing all of the donors and how much they donate in the NC election of 2014.

    Just saying.

  • miseem Oct 1, 2014

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    That's a list covering 15 years, not just 2014, so any group created in the last five years will look like a lower contributor compared to a group in existence for 15 years. Some of the heavy hitters are not involved in NC politics such as a union for state and local government workers. In addition, that page also contains a warning -"It's also important to note that we aren't including donations to politically active dark money groups, like Americans for Prosperity, a group linked to the Koch brothers, or the liberal group Patriot Majority — because these groups hide their donors "

    Just sayin.

  • ETG Oct 1, 2014

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    https://www.opensecrets.org/orgs/list.php
    Just saying

  • foodstamptrader Oct 1, 2014

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    She voted to support the Obama agenda 97% of the time. She has never proposed an original piece of legislation. Now she is relying on impeached former president Bill Clinton to drum up NC votes to keep her in office. Her record is indeed public and clear. She cares nothing about the citizens of NC and is simply a water carrier for the Obama welfare state agenda.

  • icdmbpppl Oct 1, 2014

    Great ad. Keep 'em coming Koch brothers and Crossroads. You have to counter the lies from Harry Reid's Senate Majority Pac, and the teacher's union.

  • Eq Videri Sep 30, 2014
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    NC taxpayer-supported Muslim madrasas, courtesy of Thom Tillis! Awesome!!!

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