Morning Examiner: Enter the Super PACs
There are 122 days between today and the Republican Convention. That means that, outside a slew of Supreme Court decisions in June, we are facing a drought of presidential political news. No debates. No primaries that matter. Just idle vice presidential speculation that probably won’t get settled until the week before the convention anyway. Both President Obama and Mitt Romney will be desperate for all the free media they can get during this time.
But outside groups are not going to miss this opportunity to seize the microphone. Yesterday, two conservative Super PACs, Americans for Prosperity and American Crossroads both unveiled new anti-Obama ads that are expected to be aired repeatedly in key swing states.
The AFP ad, “Wasteful Spending,” attacks Obama for spending billions of stimulus dollars on clean energy projects in other countries. “President Obama wasted $34 billion on risky investments. the result? Failure. American taxpayers are paying to send their own jobs to foreign countries. AFP will spend $6.1 million to air the ad in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio and Virginia.
American Crossroads has not said how big or wide their ad buy will be, but they did spend $20 million last June on television ads attacking Obama’s economic record. They currently have $24 million to spend. Their ad, “Cool,” contrasts Obama’s many pop culture triumphs (jamming with Jimmy Fallon, dancing with Ellen DeGeners, singing Al Green tunes) with headlines about the bleak economic situation facing today’s young. Half are unemployed or underemployed, and 85 percent have to move back with their parents as they start paying off more than $1 trillion in student loan debt.
According to Gallup, 50 percent of Americans currently approve of the job Obama is doing as president. If AFP and Crossroads can get that number down to 45 by August, they’ll be happy.
Obama: Former President Bill Clinton is telling his network of donors to hold off an giving to Obama’s Super PAC until more of Obama’s major donors do it first. So far, only 12 of Obama’s 532 top fundraisers have donated to Priorities USA Action. Obama will sign an executive order today aimed at protecting members of the military, veterans and their families from diploma mills.
Romney: Romney has hired Rick Santorum’s campaign manager, Michael Biundo, to be deputy national director of coalitions.