Crossroads GPS is dumping $1.8 million on campaign ads -- sorry, issue ads -- in five states with competitive 2012 U.S. Senate races. The only one of the five currently represented by a Republican is Massachusetts, where Scott Brown and the GOP are trying to pre-define Elizabeth Warren as a crazy radical.
Super PACs aren't allowed to coordinate with parties are campaigns. They are allowed to make ads that look more or less identical, with the same message. Here was how the state GOP attacked Warren two weeks ago:
And here's Crossroads now.
They're completely different! For example, the GOP ad uses a quote from Doug Schoen.
By contrast, the very different GPS ad uses a quote from Doug Schoen.
Worth noting: Schoen wrote a dishonest column full of claims that couldn't be backed up by his own research. Hey, what's a campaign ad if not bogus claims not backed up by research?