October 25, 2010 4:42 pm ET - by Matt Finkelstein & Alan Pyke
Earlier today, Political Correction reported that right-wing groups have spent at least $95.5 million to run more than 100,000 TV ads since August 1. While the ads are spread out across the country, these groups have invested heavily in the most highly populated state in the nation, California. In a state where Meg Whitman, the Republican nominee for governor, has personally spent over $140 million on her campaign, outside groups have chipped in to run 6,928 ads in support of Republican candidates.
Among the organizations sponsoring ads, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has been the most active, running 3,667 since the beginning of August.
Coming in second with 1,177 is the absurdly named Committee for Truth in Politics (CTP), which is best known for dishonestly claiming that Barack Obama supported the early release of sex offenders. Notably, CTP "makes no public disclosure of its finances" and maintains that all disclosure requirements are unconstitutional.
American Crossroads (330) and Crossroads GPS (369), the double-barreled ad blaster created by former Bush advisers Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie, have combined for 699 ads, good for third in the state (click to enlarge):
Many of the ads, including the 856 targeting the health care reform bill, are filled with standard conservative talking points. However, California has also seen some of the most outlandish attacks, such as this ad from the Taxpayer Network suggesting that Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) voted to provide Viagra for "convicted child molesters." Read more about ads running in California here, here, here, here, and here.
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