Skip to comments.Karl Rove’s Money Machine Goes Live With $20 Million Anti-Obama Campaign
Posted on 06/25/2011 5:51:27 PM PDT by randita
Karl Roves Money Machine Goes Live With $20 Million Anti-Obama Campaign (VIDEO)
June 24, 2011
The real starting gun of the 2012 presidential race may be sounding Monday, and it's coming in the form of massive attack ad campaign aimed squarely at President Obama's economic record.
Crossroads GPS, anonymous-money collecting arm of the Citzens United-inspired political machine founded by Karl Rove and other Republican heavyweights, is going live with a $20 million television ad campaign targeting the president 497 days before voters head to the polls in November 2012.
The ads will start appearing on Monday, and will run on national cable as well as broadcast covering key swing states, including Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, New Mexico, Nevada, and Virginia.
The opening round buy is $5 million, enough to keep the ad on the air for two weeks.
Crossroads GPS says the ad is the opening salvo in a "new $20 million issue advocacy initiative over the next two months to frame the national debate on jobs, the economy and the national debt in anticipation of congressional action on these issues."
TPM asked the Obama campaign about the ad, and Rove's new $20 million campaign. Spokesperson Ben LaBolt said people who have he the kind of political Rove does shouldn't throw stones when it comes to the economy.
"It's no surprise that Karl Rove would produce an ad that clouds over the failed economic policies that led us into the recession and ignores the President's efforts that have put us on a path to recovery," he said. "Maybe that's because the Republican candidates are proposing a return to those same failed policies of the past - rolling back Wall Street oversight, extending tax cuts for the richest Americans on the backs of middle class families and ending Medicare as we know it."
At a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor this morning, the heads of American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS -- the twin arms of the money machine founded in part by Rove -- told reporters that it planned to spend more than $100 million on the 2012 cycle, making it a major player on the scene. Next week's buy suggests a healthy portion of that money will be spent on attacking Obama.
Democrats have assailed groups like GPS, which can raise unlimited amounts of money from anonymous sources. At the same time, they've started their own similar groups to defended Democratic turf and promised to try and keep the financial playing field level.
At the breakfast this morning, the heads of American Crossroads said they expected to be outspent, calling the fight against Obama's fundraising machine a "David vs. Goliath" battle.
Wonder if this is a variation on the same game plan.
Don’t you mean anti-Palin fund? This is Rove we’re talking about here.
Tokyo Rove will spend the rest for Backstabber Romney
and the RomneyCARE/Sharia Wing of the GOP beginning
with their vicious attacks on Gov. Palin and conservative women.
let the mud slinging begin.
Exactly. Anti Obama but definitely Pro-RINO if Rove is calling the shots.
This is NOT good news. He’s going to turn this on Palin and push Romney. Just you wait.
Interesting to see what he actually does.
I don’t trust Karl Rove at this point any further than I could kick him.
He is welcome to attack Obama. Or to blame the pre-Obama economic slump on Reid and Pelosi. If he starts using it to attack Sarah Palin, that’s another matter entirely.
Karl Rove is a man of two faces. He appears on the outside to be a conservative Republican, but follow his actions, and some of his words, and at the end of the trail you find Rove to be a middle-of-the-roader, (like a dead skunk), who is eager to give way too much to the liberals to get something in return. He has said that’s how politics works; seemingly unaware that today’s politics and dire situation for America’s future are not the things he’s been accustomed to all his two-faced life. And he didn’t do “W” much good in the way of political advice and in obtaining a decent legacy for Bush. I put Rove in the same two-faced heap as Charles Krauthammer, Mitt Romney, Chris Christi and a host of other RINOS and conservative pretenders.
If it takes that tack, it could backfire on the RINOs by goading Sarah Palin into declaring her candidacy.
Yeah, all the liberals have to do is keep stretching out the left side of the road, and the “centrists” keep splitting the difference.
Let him spend. It’s all going to benefit Palin in the end.
When the GOP starts the full frontal, they will suffer the same result that the lib media did/is...people see it as BS and SPs support grows.
The ball is sitting directly in front of the pocket; you don’t have to bank the cue ball off three cushions—pro-Romney, anti-Palin, baloney; It’s anti-Obama. Sometimes the enemy of your enemy is your friend.
"It's no surprise that Karl Rove would produce an ad that clouds over the failed economic policies that led us into the recession..."
Rove's ads will be effective they use charts and graphs.
Voters respond to visuals, not a bunch of dates and numbers.
“...$20 million television ad campaign targeting the president 497 days before voters head to the polls in November 2012...”
...your days are numbered.
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