WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — An outside Democratic group is airing television ads in 10 Republican-held congressional districts tying lawmakers to the tea party and the ongoing federal government shutdown.

Americans United for Change blames the tea party for the shutdown, saying it has put people out of work and threatened benefits. The ad includes an image of tea party favorite Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.

It’s part of a six-figure ad buy running in districts with some of the most vulnerable Republicans in the 2014 elections.

The ads each begin by showing a photo of the respective GOP congressman in front of the Capitol building. A photo of Sen. Ted Cruz in a Washington Post article reading: “Mission Accomplished: The tea party shutdown,” appears next to them in each ad as a narrator giving the same message speaks.

In Tom Latham’s (R-IA) 30-second ad, a narrator begins: “Tom Latham joined with Tea Party Republicans in Congress and shutdown our government, putting hundreds of thousands of Americans out of work.”

“Putting critical benefits for veterans, seniors and the disabled at risk, denying cancer treatment for kids, and halting food inspections,” continues the narrator.

The advertisement ends by showing the telephone number for Rep. Latham’s Washington office with the message: “Tell Tom Latham To Do His Job. End The Tea Party’s Government Shutdown.”

The lawmakers are: Tom Latham of Iowa, Richard Hanna of New York, Lou Barletta of Pennsylvania, Jeff Denham of California and Sean Duffy of Wisconsin.

Others include Bill Johnson of Ohio, Andy Barr of Kentucky, Rodney Davis of Illinois and Dan Benishek and Tim Walberg of Michigan.

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