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Conservative Group Airs Anti-Kaine Ad in Va.


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.

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