RNC woos Super PACs to double-team Dem spending

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Freed of election restrictions barring political parties from working directly with Super PACs, the Republican National Committee is drawing up a war plan to team with GOP political organizations and the wealthy groups in a massive campaign to target congressional Democrats opposed to spending cuts, officials tell Secrets.

"The American people are angry about spending but don't see any cuts," said a Republican Party official in explaining the burgeoning effort. "We plan to go into Democratic districts or states with Democratic senators and pound the need to cut spending."

The effort could have a huge impact as the RNC, National Republican Congressional Committee and National Republican Senatorial Committee, Tea Party groups and the well-funded Super PACs like Karl Rove's Crossroads come together to map strategy and combine funds.

During the presidential election, the political operations and outside groups were barred from coordinating efforts, but post-election rules let them join to fight issues. Democrats have long worried that the GOP and outside Super PACs would team to fight them.

The RNC is just beginning the effort to reach out to the NRCC and NRSC. Once they team, the outreach to Super PACs and Tea Party groups will occur, said the official.

An official described the effort as much bigger than simply fighting for spending cuts during the upcoming debt ceiling debate where Republicans are planning to hold firm in demanding that they get a dollar-for-dollar cut in spending for the $1.25 trillion President Obama is seeking to boost the debt ceiling.

"This is not just about one fight. It's about getting a smaller Washington, one that spends way less," said the official.

Here is how it would work: The RNC will huddle with the NRCC and NRSC to determine the top House and Senate targets for the upcoming election. Once picked, the three will prepare a campaign to attack them with ads, letters to newspapers, rallies and digital web pages.

They will also enlist Super PACs and other outside groups to join in the fight, encouraging them to spend their own money and draw up their own battle plans, said the official.

"It would be a coordinated campaign focused on cutting spending and on key House districts and states," said the official.

It is expected that many of the individual campaigns will cover more than just one House district, likely spreading statewide if there is a vulnerable Democratic senator in that state.