Karl Rove-Backed Group Expected to Launch Attack Ads Against Senate Hopeful Elizabeth Warren

Elizabeth Warren Headshot - P 2011
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Elizabeth Warren Headshot - P 2011

The Massachusetts candidate's campaign manager urges supporters in an email Wednesday evening to donate $25 or more to "fight back and set the record straight."

The campaign manager for Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren, a favorite among Hollywood politicos, sent out an "urgent update" Wednesday evening warning supporters that Karl Rove's super pac was about to air a wave of attack ads against Warren as early as tomorrow, according to the Huffington Post.

The website quoted the text of a letter sent out by campaign manager Mindy Myers, who told supporters that Rove's group, Crossroads GPS, had "just bought hundred of thousands of dollars worth of TV time" on stations in Massachusetts, where Warren is expected to face Republican Sentator Scott Brown in next November's election.

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The letter continued: "We don't know what the attacks are yet, or exactly how big they'll be. But we do know we're going to need your help, starting tonight, to fight back and set the record straight -- by telling your friends the truth about Elizabeth, by encouraging more people to stand with us, and by helping us get Elizabeth's message out to the people of Massachusetts."

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The Crossroads ad buy is sure to galvanize Warren's ardent Hollywood supporters, among them Barbra Streisand, Steve Bing and Norman Lear, who hosted a fundraiser for Warren at his house on Nov. 1. Between 80 - 90 people attended the event, which required a donation ranging between $1,000 and $5,000. 

Among those in attendance were Streisand, James Brolin, Nancy Meyers, Diane Keaton, Danny DeVito, Rhea Perlman, Laurie David, Phil Rosenthal, Marge Tabankin and Earl Katz.

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"There's tremendous support for her here," said one entertainment industry insider. "There were offers to host other events for her Los Angeles."
Democrats have been anticipating this wave of attack ads from Crossroads, supported by a host of Republican billionaires. (Jerry Perenchio gave the group $2 million for the 2012 election cycle, according to the latest campaign filings.) 
Myers called on supporters to give at least $25 or more to the campaign immediately, according to the Huffington Post. 
"We will not -- and cannot -- allow attacks from Scott Brown and his allies to go unanswered," she wrote. "We need your help to fight back."