May 13, 2015 6:47 PM
Steinhauser: New Karl Rove linked group spending big bucks in NH praising Ayotte
NH1 Political Director - NH1.com
CONCORD – A brand new third party group under the Karl Rove umbrella is putting big bucks behind new ads here in New Hampshire touting legislative accomplishments of Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte.
One Nation, a non-profit 501(c)(4) group, tells NH1 News it’s spending $325,000 to put up digital, radio, and print ads in the Granite State starting this week.
“Senator Kelly Ayotte is helping, supporting a breakthrough bipartisan agreement that protects Medicare, makes it more sustainable for the future and rewards good doctors,” says the announcer in the radio spot.
That’s referring to Ayotte’s efforts to pass the “doc fix” legislation that realigned with inflation payments to Medicare providers.
The ad ends with the announcer urging listeners to ask Ayotte “to keep working across the aisle to preserve Medicare and Medicare Advantage and support legislation to replace the Affordable Care Act with pro patient reforms.”
Ayotte, a former state attorney general who was first elected to the Senate in 2010, could face a very challenging re-election bid next year in New Hampshire, which is considered a battleground state. National Democrats are targeting Ayotte, as they try to regain control of the Senate that they lost in last November’s midterm elections. They’re urging Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan to challenge Ayotte. The governor says she won’t decide on her political future until after a biennial budget is signed and the current legislative session comes to a close.
One Nation is linked to the pro-Republican American Crossroads super PAC and its non-profit Crossroads GPS, which were both co-founded and steered by Rove, the mastermind behind President George W. Bush’s 2000 and 2004 election victories. The new group is being run by Steven Law, who is also president of Crossroads.
In response to the new ads, New Hampshire Democratic Party Press Secretary Aaron Jacobs said in a statement that "Karl Rove and his special interest donors are terrified about Kelly Ayotte losing - and they should be. No matter how many ads Washington Republicans run, they won’t be able to distract from the fact that Ayotte's focus is on playing the Washington game and furthering the goals of her special interest backers, no matter the cost to New Hampshire's people and businesses.”
Besides Ayotte, One Nation also went up this week with digital, radio and print ads praising GOP Sens. Richard Burr of North Carolina, Mark Kirk of Illinois, Rob Portman of Ohio, and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania. All of the states listed are also considered Senate battlegrounds and all four lawmakers could also face difficult re-elections.
One Nation says it’s spending more than $1.9 million total in all five states.