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Crossroads to Spend $20M on Obama Attack Ads

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Posted on Jun 26, 2011
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Karl Rove, or Turd Blossom, as he was known to George W. Bush, founded the right-wing think tank Crossroads GPS.

The 2012 presidential election cycle begins Monday—at least that’s how it will appear when Crossroads GPS, a conservative action group advised by Karl Rove, airs a $5 million commercial attacking Barack Obama’s economic policies. Over the next two months, the amount spent on anti-Obama television ads in the campaign will total $20 million, a number that suggests conservatives are worried about whisperings that Obama will raise $1 billion for his re-election effort.

Once again, the battle for the nation’s top job will be decided not by who can propose and do the most good for its people, but who can scare up the most money. —ARK

National Journal:

The conservative group Crossroads’ GPS policy arm is going up with a significant $5 million advertising campaign next week, attacking President Obama on the economy, according to a copy of the ad shared with National Journal. Over the next two months, the group’s television campaign targeting Obama’s record on the economy will total $20 million.

... The $20 million that the Rove-aligned group has committed to the ad campaign—well over one year before the presidential election—is a telling indicator of how much clout it will be wielding in the 2012 campaign. It raised about $70 million for the entire 2010 cycle on Senate and House races. In just one campaign, it’s spending a significant sum of that to attack President Obama at this early stage.

And the money on this one ad campaign alone is more than three times the $6.2 million that the Republican National Committee, which usually funds ads like these, has in cash on hand. (That doesn’t include the $18.5 million the RNC has in debt.)

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Daye's avatar

By Daye, June 26, 2011 at 11:55 pm Link to this comment

Dear ananman51,

You might revise your words after considering the fact
that the people you so easily call “fucking stupid” &
“morons” have been purposefully misinformed & misled
for generations, most especially since Reagan offered
us all his Jelly Beans & Twinkies. And of course its that
very money that the subject article is about that is used
to make & keep Americans misinformed & misled - 3.7
billion dollars last year on lobbying alone, I just read.

Blame the cause, not the consequence. And blame
those responsible for that cause, not their victims.

Even in the 2 very well-off American neighborhoods
where I lived for decades before moving recently, my
neighbors left for work at 6:00AM & returned home
past 7:00PM, & thus had very little time for getting
news from sources other than TV, their newspaper over
a quickly gobbled breakfast, & the largely useless like
of flipping through Time or Newsweek magazines.

They - not our fellow citizens - are driving us all mad,
you know. THEY. I’m sure that you know who they are,
& know equally well & personally how they spend
billions to disable our minds & freeze our hearts.

Fare thee well, friend.

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By anaman51, June 26, 2011 at 6:18 pm Link to this comment

Time for the biggest liars in our country to come back out of hiding and start lying all over again. What’ll it be this time, to take the place of the Swift Boats? What gigantic untruths will be invented by the Republican Lying Squad this time around? Is Obama a baby-raper? Why not? Everything else worked. Did Wicked Evil Obama sell our souls to the Devil? Sure, go for it! American voters are so fucking stupid they’ll believe anything. You think I’m kidding, don’t you? Wait and see how it goes. They will lie through their teeth, and the Red State Morons will eat it up. Can the news media tell the difference? Couldn’t last time, could they?

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By monkeymind, June 26, 2011 at 3:35 pm Link to this comment

Hearts and minds cost money. This should be a particularly fun election year to watch.

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By kerryrose, June 26, 2011 at 1:27 pm Link to this comment

That’s weird.  They are not even funding a specific candidate.  It is just an ideological campaign for ‘whoever.’

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