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‘Offensive’ Pete Hoekstra Ad Draws Big Bucks for Rival

Win McNamee/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The controversial campaign ad that ignited an onslaught of criticism against Senate candidate Pete Hoekstra has inspired a flood of fundraising for his chief rival, incumbent Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich.

Within hours after the Hoekstra ad aired during the Super Bowl Feb. 5, featuring an Asian girl commending “Debbie Spend-It-Now” in broken English for shipping U.S. jobs to China, Stabenow launched a "money bomb” in response to what she called the “shocking” and “nasty” ad.

As of Friday, Stabenow’s money “bomb” had brought in $155,720, about $11,000 more than Hoekstra spent on the ad attacking her.

Critics on both sides of the aisle lambasted Hoekstra’s ad last week, calling it “offensive and insensitive,” “very disturbing” and “really, really dumb.”

The ad attacks Stabenow for supporting policies in the Senate that lead to U.S. jobs being outsourced to China.

Hoekstra replaced the controversial ad Thursday and redirected the accompanying web page,, which featured Stabenow’s face on an Asian fan, stereotypical Asian music and gongs, to his campaign homepage.

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