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Pro-GOP group will run ads for Senate candidate in North Carolina

Remember that post I had nearly a month ago about the "shadow Republican Party" using 501(c) organizations? Here is one of those groups.

Americans for Job Security, a Northern Virginia group with ties to the insurance industry, is scheduled to launch television ads in North Carolina today that praise Republican U.S. Senate candidate Richard Burr. The commercials are the first sign of the national wave of third-party advertising expected to hit the state's Senate race.

Erskine Bowles, the expected Democratic candidate, called on Burr to request that outside groups not advertise in the campaign. A Burr spokesman on Wednesday evening said the campaign staff had just learned of the ad and couldn't respond until they had seen it.

The 30-second ad is running in Charlotte and Raleigh in what one television station official called a "large" purchase of airtime. The group appeared to have spent about $300,000 just in Charlotte, an official at another station said.

The ad lauds Burr as pro-business and highlights his votes against certain trade treaties seen as costing American jobs, according to an advertising executive who saw the commercial. Campaign finance laws prohibit independent ads from promoting a candidate for a specific office, so the commercial doesn't mention the Senate race but encourages viewers to call Burr, providing a telephone number. -- Va. group backs Burr with TV ads (Charlotte Observer)