The National Republican Trust PAC is finally putting some advertising muscle behind all its claims about being able to beat Obama. The group yesterday laid down $880,000 on an ad buy, pretty big for an insta-PAC created last month. We earlier blogged that the PAC was spending more on fundraising emails than actual airtime, but this completely changes the calculation.

You know you’re bigtime when dedicates a full article to debunking your ad. National Republican Trust got that distinction this week, with the added bonus of being accused of producing “one of the sleaziest false TV ads of the campaign.”

The PAC even pumped out another ad, again accusing Obama of wanting to give government benefits to illegal immigrants, with a cherry on top: Obama “wants to redistribute your money.” It’s the Republican attack point of the moment, with only moments to spare.

This originally appeared on The Secret Money Project Blog, a joint project of CIR and National Public Radio tracking the hidden cash in the 2008 election.

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