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Interest groups use ads to prod public, Congress on fiscal cliff

WASHINGTON — The negative ads that marked the presidential contest may be gone, but a different political battle is keeping the airwaves crackling: the fiscal cliff.

These ads focus on the stakes involved in allowing the mix of tax increases and spending cuts to take effect in ­January and are funded by advocacy groups, including labor unions that want to protect entitlement programs and business groups opposed to higher taxes.

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