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Democratic super PAC reiterates attacks over Tarkanian's business dealings in new ad

Danny Tarkanian, left, Republican candidate for Nevada Congressional District 3, listens while Donald Trump, Jr. speaks during a fund raiser for Tarkanian at Spanish Trails Country Club on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018. In the background is Kimberly Guilfoyle, center, and Amy Tarkanian. (Jeff Scheid-Nevada Independent)

Focus: Republican congressional candidate Danny Tarkanian

Who’s paying for it: House Majority PAC, the top super PAC supporting House Democrats

Size of buy: $1.1 million

When it starts: Oct. 23

Where it’s running: Las Vegas

The gist: The new 30-second ad, titled “Surfacing,” picks up where an ad that House Majority PAC ran against Tarkanian during his 2016 bid for the same congressional seat — featuring a Tarkanian-esque character burying old campaign signs, documents and phones in a hole in the middle of the desert — left off. The new spot features half-buried documents and campaign signs surfacing out of those holes in the desert and repeats lines of attack that have been used against Tarkanian since his first campaign for state Senate in 2004.

The ad highlights a $17 million judgment the federal government obtained against Tarkanian in the wake of a real estate deal gone bad, accuses Tarkanian of setting up “over a dozen fake charities,” and attacks him over his role in setting up telemarketing companies later found to be running scams. (Tarkanian has said that he set up the companies but had no involvement in the day-to-day operations of any of them; he won a defamation lawsuit against state Sen. Mike Schneider for using a similar line of attack in 2004 and is bringing a defamation lawsuit against Rep. Jacky Rosen for the 2016 campaign.)

Watch the ad below:

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