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Rove-backed group attacks Democrat senate candidate with new TV ad

Sep 6, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) - An outside group backed by Karl Rove is starting to run ads in Michigan's Senate race accusing the Democratic nominee of voting in Congress to curry favor with billionaire donor Tom Steyer.

Screen grab of new Karl Rove ad attacking Democratic senate candidate Gary Peters

Crossroads GPS placed the $800,000, one-week buy on Friday. It is the first spending from the group in Michigan's Senate race.

In the 30-second ad, a narrator tells voters that congressman Gary Peters opposes the Keystone XL Pipeline, which would transport oil from Canadian tar sands.

The ad suggests Peters opposes the pipeline because Steyer also dislikes it. Steyer's environmental super PAC, NextGen Climate Action, has spent $235,000 on the race.

A Peters spokeswoman says out-of-state Republicans are backing Land because she'll vote to protect their tax breaks.