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Karl Rove’s Money Machine Goes Live With $20 Million Anti-Obama Campaign
Talking Points Memo ^ | 6/24/11 | Evan McMorris-Santoro

Posted on 06/25/2011 5:51:27 PM PDT by randita

Karl Rove’s Money Machine Goes Live With $20 Million Anti-Obama Campaign (VIDEO)

Evan McMorris-Santoro

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.


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: adbuy; backstabberromney; backstabberrove; benedictrove; crossroadsgps; karlrove; rhymeswithmitt; romney; romneydirtytricks; stenchofromney; tokyorove
A pre-emptive strike late last summer by several pro-GOP groups set the tone of the 2010 election by tying Democrats to the failed Obama policies. Democrats never recovered from the attack and got shellacked in Nov.

Wonder if this is a variation on the same game plan.

1 posted on 06/25/2011 5:51:32 PM PDT by randita
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To: Clintonfatigued; Impy; fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican

Interesting.


2 posted on 06/25/2011 5:53:03 PM PDT by randita
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To: randita

Don’t you mean anti-Palin fund? This is Rove we’re talking about here.


3 posted on 06/25/2011 5:53:24 PM PDT by max americana (FUBO NATION 2012)
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To: randita

ping


4 posted on 06/25/2011 5:54:14 PM PDT by unkus
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To: randita
"Next week's buy suggests a healthy portion
of that money will be spent on attacking Obama.
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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.

5 posted on 06/25/2011 5:54:57 PM PDT by Diogenesis (Nothing surpasses the complexity of the human mind. - Leto II: Dar-es-Balat)
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To: randita

let the mud slinging begin.

Popcorn?


6 posted on 06/25/2011 5:55:02 PM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO))
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To: max americana

Exactly. Anti Obama but definitely Pro-RINO if Rove is calling the shots.


7 posted on 06/25/2011 5:56:31 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: randita

This is NOT good news. He’s going to turn this on Palin and push Romney. Just you wait.


8 posted on 06/25/2011 5:57:17 PM PDT by RIghtwardHo
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To: randita

9 posted on 06/25/2011 5:58:24 PM PDT by yup2394871293
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To: randita
Rove, you magnificent bastard.
10 posted on 06/25/2011 5:58:45 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: randita

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.

We’ll see.


11 posted on 06/25/2011 5:59:18 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: randita

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.


12 posted on 06/25/2011 6:03:37 PM PDT by jiminycricket000
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To: max americana

If it takes that tack, it could backfire on the RINOs by goading Sarah Palin into declaring her candidacy.


13 posted on 06/25/2011 6:03:56 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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To: jiminycricket000

Yeah, all the liberals have to do is keep stretching out the left side of the road, and the “centrists” keep splitting the difference.


14 posted on 06/25/2011 6:05:06 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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To: max americana

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.


15 posted on 06/25/2011 6:07:37 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: randita

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.


16 posted on 06/25/2011 6:08:50 PM PDT by gusopol3
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To: randita
a $20 million television ad campaign targeting the president 497 days before voters head to the polls in November 2012.

GOOD MOVE! As a long-time political junkie I've found you hit them hard at the start of the Campaign or earlier...then hit 'em hard in the last days of the Campaign. You can do the "normal" campaign stuff in between.
17 posted on 06/25/2011 6:14:44 PM PDT by no dems (When I learn that a person, regardless of who they are, is a Democrat, I lose respect for them.)
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To: randita; All
"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..."

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Rove's ads will be effective they use charts and graphs.

Voters respond to visuals, not a bunch of dates and numbers.

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18 posted on 06/25/2011 6:16:37 PM PDT by Cobra64 (Common sense isn't common anymore.)
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To: randita

“...$20 million television ad campaign targeting the president 497 days before voters head to the polls in November 2012...”
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OBAMA...
...your days are numbered.


19 posted on 06/25/2011 6:18:29 PM PDT by Repeal The 17th (Proud to be a (small) monthly donor.)
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To: Cobra64
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20 posted on 06/25/2011 6:19:34 PM PDT by vox_freedom
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To: randita
My kingdom for a proofreader. Good Lord. With that being said, this paragraph caused me to go back and make sure this was not satire.

"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."

Good Lord indeed. These people are either sociopaths or are delusional. I see no alternative.

21 posted on 06/25/2011 6:19:48 PM PDT by houeto (Palin/DeMint - 2012!)
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To: Cobra64

Great post (charts).


22 posted on 06/25/2011 6:22:07 PM PDT by LuvFreeRepublic (Support our military or leave. I will help you pack BO!)
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To: randita

no doubt anti-conservative also.


23 posted on 06/25/2011 6:22:53 PM PDT by ken21 (liberal + rino progressive media hate palin, bachman, cain...)
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To: randita
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.

The problem is Rove and most of the GOP are just as ignorant of economics as Obama.

24 posted on 06/25/2011 6:30:41 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: no dems

Dems decided to hold their fire last year and what they offered was too little, too late. The electorate’s mind was made up sometime in September and didn’t change. I expect that is one of Rove’s goals - to raise the % of people who say there’s no way they will vote for Obama.

It’s a big risk if Dems let these ads go unanswered. But what can they go up with that’s positive without spewing a bunch of lies?

And there is going to be resentment if a lot of money is spent propping up Obama at the expense of statewide races.

Wish I knew what Rove’s end game is. This is no doubt the opening salvo of many barrages to come.


25 posted on 06/25/2011 6:34:25 PM PDT by randita
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To: randita

So long as the target remains Obama, you’ll not hear a negative peep out of me. I am, however, highly suspicious of the man, particularly after than weeks-long shreiking hissy fit he threw trashing the Republican winner in Delaware.

At a minimum, these targeted ads will likely be the vehicle with which to frame the debate in a manner most favorable to the candidate or candidates he most favors as well. Romney, for the most part.

But, prove me wrong, Karl. Keep it clean and keep your focus on Obama. In that you’d have my full support.


26 posted on 06/25/2011 6:37:53 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: randita

David Bossie, maybe. Rove? I doubt it.


27 posted on 06/25/2011 6:38:10 PM PDT by sauropod (The truth shall make you free but first it will make you miserable.)
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To: RIghtwardHo

From the looks of things it will be Obama vs Romney, or, should he not run (a 50/50 chance) it will be Hilary vs Romney. Either way the elite will win; America will lose.


28 posted on 06/25/2011 6:43:18 PM PDT by pankot
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To: randita; Joe Brower
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.

Florida news--let's keep our eye out for these anti-Hussein truthful ads.

Thank God someone is starting to take this clown on in the public airwaves. Karl Rove may not be everyone's hero, and there is plenty to criticize Rove about--his anti-Palin remarks, for instance. But I applaud him openly taking on the anti-capitalist Hussein.

29 posted on 06/25/2011 7:17:19 PM PDT by Recovering_Democrat
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To: Cobra64

Rove also has a great anti-Debbie Wasserman Douchebag ad on youtube: “Debbie Downer” is the name, and it is hilarious.


30 posted on 06/25/2011 7:19:43 PM PDT by Recovering_Democrat
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To: randita

Oh sure.


31 posted on 06/25/2011 7:23:08 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: randita

obama is going to run against Bush...again ?


32 posted on 06/25/2011 7:35:01 PM PDT by stylin19a
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To: randita

The RINO Doughboy epitomizes everything wrong with the GOP establishment. I trust KR less than Grover Norquist, whom I do not trust at all.


33 posted on 06/25/2011 7:55:05 PM PDT by chickenlips
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To: Recovering_Democrat
Rove also has a great anti-Debbie Wasserman Douchebag ad on youtube: “Debbie Downer” is the name, and it is hilarious.

I have a few of her quotes illustrated too:

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34 posted on 06/25/2011 8:15:37 PM PDT by Cobra64 (Common sense isn't common anymore.)
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To: houeto
Good Lord indeed. These people are either sociopaths or are delusional. I see no alternative.

I believe compromise is impossible with the liberals; they and their followers live in an alternate universe.

35 posted on 06/25/2011 8:37:32 PM PDT by oldbrowser (Breitbart for a Pulitzer Prize)
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To: randita
It's amazing how many Freepers get angry when RINO’s attack liberals. I guess they don't like it.
36 posted on 06/25/2011 8:41:52 PM PDT by Once-Ler (ProLife ProGun ProGod ProSoldier ProBusiness Republican for Palin)
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To: Once-Ler

http://youtu.be/OvnAE8olUxU

There’s the ad...easily found on a search. How can this be described as “anti-conservative”?


37 posted on 06/25/2011 11:05:34 PM PDT by Republican Wildcat
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To: Recovering_Democrat

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zaYb389Y7OQ


38 posted on 06/25/2011 11:13:16 PM PDT by Republican Wildcat
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To: jiminycricket000
"And he didn’t do “W” much good in the way of political advice and in obtaining a decent legacy for Bush."

I am very curious to know- of all of the idiotic, disastrous actions of GWB in his second term, who's idea were they? GWB's ( I do realize that ultimately they were his responsibility ) Rove's, Cheney's, or someone else's? Anyone have a clue?

39 posted on 06/26/2011 1:21:00 AM PDT by matthew fuller (My realistic, updated (06/22/11) dream picks, in order: 1.DeMint 2.Bolton 3.Bachmann 4.Palin)
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To: Cobra64

Has anyone else noticed the preponderance of kinky-haired women on the loony left? I can’t recall seeeing any conservative women with hair like that.


40 posted on 06/26/2011 1:32:31 AM PDT by matthew fuller (My realistic, updated (06/22/11) dream picks, in order: 1.DeMint 2.Bolton 3.Bachmann 4.Palin)
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To: Cobra64

Can you imagine what the fashionistas would be saying about Palin if she wore her hair like that? But not a word about W-S.


41 posted on 06/26/2011 6:04:36 AM PDT by randita
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To: pankot

Couldn’t agree with you more. Sad. So damn sad.


42 posted on 06/26/2011 8:02:45 AM PDT by RIghtwardHo
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To: matthew fuller; randita
Yeah, that Wasserman Schultz creature should be on posters and magazine covers supporting Al Gore's position on limiting US population growth.

After seeing that, no amount of Viagra would be effective on any male with normal eyesight.

43 posted on 06/26/2011 10:10:50 AM PDT by Cobra64 (Common sense isn't common anymore.)
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To: Cobra64
After seeing that, no amount of Viagra would be effective on any male with normal eyesight.

Then there's Laz...LOL

44 posted on 06/26/2011 10:24:18 AM PDT by randita
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To: no dems

I thought of another development Rove might want to set off - that of a primary challenge to Obama. If the Dem money bags get the notion that Obama doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in h*** of winning, they might get ideas of drafting somebody who can distance themselves from Obama’s record - a Dem governor, e.g. A primary fight and a Dem party split would be popcorn heaven. That’s the main reason I can come up with for why Rove would throw this kind of money out there this early. The public isn’t paying attention (it’s too early, it’s summer), but the political movers and shakers are-they always do.

Even without a challenger, the self-doubts and demoralization will sow discontent in the ranks and spark an “every man for himself” mentality which would splinter fund raising and messaging.


45 posted on 06/26/2011 10:33:05 AM PDT by randita
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To: Cobra64
"After seeing that, no amount of Viagra would be effective on any male with normal eyesight"

I love it! Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the Antiviagra.

46 posted on 06/26/2011 1:41:16 PM PDT by matthew fuller (My realistic, updated (06/22/11) dream picks, in order: 1.DeMint 2.Bolton 3.Bachmann 4.Palin)
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To: randita

Dennis Kucinich would challenge Zero with just a little encouragement.


47 posted on 06/26/2011 8:33:57 PM PDT by no dems (When I learn that a person, regardless of who they are, is a Democrat, I lose respect for them.)
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