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Labor-Funded Group Targets Republican Senators

It's going to take more than this to tilt the see-saw.

As we noted last week, American Rights At Work launched an ad campaign to promote labor-backed legislation by showing workers coming together to outweigh a corporate "fat cat" on a see-saw. It was the union-funded organization's push back against business-funded campaigns to defeat the legislation and some Democratic Senate candidates to boot.

But over the last week, American Rights At Work spent only $235,000 on ads in five key states. That's less than half what the other side — represented by the Employee Freedom Action Committee — spent last week ($563,000). And Employee Freedom has been beating the drum for a month longer.

Like the opposition, the ads by American Rights At Work target Senate candidates — in this case the incumbent Republicans in Oregon, New Hampshire, Minnesota, Maine and Alaska. Each ad urges the public to scold the senators for "siding with wealthy CEOs over working families."