GOP Groups Plan Wave of Spending on House Races

By Staff | October 13, 2010 | 12:52 PM EDT

Washington (AP) - Republican-allied groups are planning a $50 million advertising drive in a number of House races in an extraordinary surge of spending in the final days of the midterm election campaign.

The effort by some of the GOP's top strategists comes amid a wave of new fundraising. American Crossroads and Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies, two affiliated groups formed this year with he help of operatives Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie, said Wednesday they raised more than $13.3 million in one week.

The spike in money coincides with a consolidated attack by the White House, the Democratic Party and their liberal allies against outside groups that have already spent millions of dollars supporting Republican candidates without having to disclose their donors.