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Third-party groups spending millions to attacks Florida Sen. Bill Nelson

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson is facing a growing threat in his re-election campaign — and it’s not necessarily Republican rival U.S. Rep. Connie Mack.

It’s the super PAC.

American Crossroads, a political action committee overseen by conservative strategist Karl Rove, said this week it has reserved $6.2 million in air time this fall to link Nelson to President Barack Obama’s agenda.

Nelson "has a long record that makes him vulnerable," said Crossroads spokesman Nate Hodson.

That follows a $1 million injection into a new super PAC supporting Mack. The money to Freedom PAC came from casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson, who has already donated millions to super PACs supporting Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney.

And in Tampa this week, anti-Nelson TV ads began running from another newly formed group, American Commitment, a tax exempt advocacy group that is like a super PAC but does not have to disclose its donors.

More from Alex Leary here.


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Jeanette Lutz

I am 71 years old and I truly feel that we are experiencing the same tactics that were used by Adolph Hitler with our governor, Rick Scott. I have been voting since I was 21 and guess what??? I was taken off the voting rolls and had to re-register. I requested an absentee ballot for the last election since I was undergoing surgery and sure enough, I was sent a notice (at citizen's expense) to register to vote. My rights are certainly being violated.

Ask your illustrious governor to explain why he took 1.5 billion from the schools and put back .5 billion and that was suppose to be an increase?

Why did the FCAT change so dramatically with lower scores? Could it be that the teacher raises are based on FCAT scores and he didn't want to give the most underpaid workers in the state a raise?

Why did he give state prisoners Satellite TV, 2 magazine subscriptions a year and IPODS? We don't have enough books for the kids and yet, we are coddling the prisoners? Could it be that prisons are a big source of money for these corrupt politicians?

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