RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Get used to it. The first independent expenditure attack ad of Virginia's 2012 Senate race debuts Thursday attacking Democrat Tim Kaine's 2012 Senate bid.
Crossroads GPS is spending $616,000 over two weeks to televise the 30-second ad in Virginia's four largest media markets. The group is a sister organization to the independent, pro-GOP acolyte American Crossroads,
The ad portrays the former governor and Democratic National Committee chairman as a cheerleader for President Barack Obama's stimulus spending. It erroneously claims Virginia ran "a big deficit."
While the recession depleted revenues, Kaine and the General Assembly cut nearly $6 billion and never finished a fiscal year with insufficient funds, something Virginia's constitution forbids.
Crossroads GPS is running similar ads targeting Democrats in Missouri, Montana, Nebraska and Massachusetts. It refuses to disclose donors.