House campaign groups start $75M ad campaign

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Both parties' House campaign arms began a $75 million ad blitz that will continue until November's elections.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on Tuesday began ads that are aimed at seats currently in Republican hands. The ads reflect Democrats' plan to go on the offense in their uphill climb to claim the majority in the House.

One ad criticizes Rep. Michael Grimm, a two-term New York Republican who faces criminal charges that he calls bogus. Democrats plan to spend $1.3 million on anti-Grimm ads.

Another ad criticizes the Tom MacArthur, the GOP nominee for an open seat in New Jersey. Democrats will spend almost $1 million on those ads.

And in Florida, the National Republican Congressional Committee began what will be a $1.7 million campaign to defend Rep. Steve Southerland.

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