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$65 Million Spent on Election Ads Targeting Nancy Pelosi

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The GOP, its candidates and related groups spent a whopping $65 million on ads against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during the 2010 election cycle -- the most money spent targeting a congressional leader in 14 years.

The sum, spent from Jan. 1 through last week's election, paid for 161,203 ads that went after Pelosi, according to a new analysis for CNN by Campaign Media Analysis Group.

"Not since 1996 and Newt Gingrich has a speaker been the target of so many elections ads...[that] put Pelosi front and center in the midterms," said CMAG president Evan Tracey.

It was part of a coordinated effort by Republicans to link as many Democratic candidates to the increasingly unpopular speaker. A recent CNN poll found just 26 percent of Americans had a favorable opinion of Pelosi.

PelosiIndividual campaigns accounted for about half of the $65 million, with outside conservative groups chipping in $22 million and the Republican party paying more than $8 million, CNN said.

The ads appeared to be effective in Pennsylvania, where five House Democrats were defeated. Up to $8.46 million was spent on over 14,000 ads in the Keystone State alone, the analysis found.

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olearb382

Doesn`t mean a thing except to show Obama he is on the wrong track. In 2012 the whole House is running for re-election. Watch what happens to the Republicans- boy will they make mistakes- people will blame them for lack of progress and if Obama pulls off some positive actions -the people will turn on them for trying to halt progress. Watch the Republicans fall in 2012. Keep an eye on Hillary Clinton if the Dems chose to make a change. She will be hard to beat.

November 12 2010 at 12:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
fredglynn3

Speaker Pelosi's major opposition came from John Dennis whose campaign ads were so negative that only a very few were too blind to see that he had nothing going for him. One of his ads said "Unlike Nancy Pelosi, John Dennis lives, works here, and know what we need from Washington, D.C." Many of Mr. Dennis' charges were simply not true, as he had to have known. For example, Mr. Dennis pretended not to know that Speaker Pelosi has her home here and has an office here in San Francisco. Mr. Dennis also pandered, unsuccessfully, to the gay vote. I have never seen anything as disgusting as the Republican campaign this election in California.

November 10 2010 at 12:07 PM Report abuse -6 rate up rate down Reply
Peg

"Nancy Pelosi Has ’No Regrets’ Following Midterm Rout": This headline glaringly emphasizes her absolute LACK of connection with reality. I doubt the world has ever witnessed as perfect an example of the narcissistic personality as Nancy Pelosi.

November 10 2010 at 11:54 AM Report abuse +13 rate up rate down Reply
GOD in all u DO

How much did the Dems spend this election cycle? alot more than reps. the Rep may have spent money on Pelosi but not money on "agua Budda". Big business fuels there calfers as much as the Rep. money well spent!!

November 10 2010 at 11:52 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
weathwoods

That's what she got for her "Impeachment is off the table." Impeachment proceedings could have galvanized the Democrats, exposed Bush, Cheney and the Zionists for the Trotskyites they are, and sent the Republicans into disrepute for a long, long time. Good riddance.

November 10 2010 at 11:32 AM Report abuse -15 rate up rate down Reply
dc121b

I would think that the democrats on the hill would be jumping at a chance to regroup and shift leadership. Then again, I never thought Senator Reid would have been re elected by the Nevada voters after admitting on TV he had offered a $300 million bribe to a Senator for one vote on the Health Care bill. Has the country become so polarized in their politics that right and wrong no longer matters?

November 10 2010 at 11:23 AM Report abuse +12 rate up rate down Reply
spikeritz

MONEY WELL SPENT!

November 10 2010 at 11:03 AM Report abuse +19 rate up rate down Reply
trmmyers

Big business and big money run America . Its wake up time.

November 10 2010 at 11:01 AM Report abuse +11 rate up rate down Reply
Jay

In a country where businesses are failing, the economy is terrible and the poor are now the majority can someone please tell me how these politicians find millions upon millions to get elected into office? I think Ms. Pelosi might well be a symptom of what is wrong in America. Being the most hated woman in America somehow translates to millions of dollars.......why?

November 10 2010 at 11:01 AM Report abuse +16 rate up rate down Reply
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garinteed

In a Banana Republic, the ultra rich can do anything whiloe we peons are helpless

November 10 2010 at 11:53 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
froydrfp

Why does that surprise anyone. Our President has spent more time and money blaming George Bush for every trouble we have encountered for the past two years. He references every problem we have of belonging to the Reublicans and demonizing everything that was done. Doen't that count. In politics its find the open wound and drive a weege in it no matter whether it's correct or not. We're not playing for what's in the best interest of the American people we're playing for class warfare and getting re-elected. Damn the American people and their best interests they're just pawns in the high stakes political game.

November 10 2010 at 11:00 AM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply

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