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The above spot from Obama for America focusing on "Romney economics" is one of fived campaign ads in the Barack Obama versus Mitt Romney sweepstakes that have begun airing in a handful of battleground states this week and will continue until the end of the month. Total cost: about $22.4 million.

Chris Good at ABC has guesstimated that that ad and another from Obama for America will cost about $3.3 million to air. It's a guess because, as a traditional campaign organization, OFA only makes monthly disclosures regarding donations and spending. The ad will air in nine states: Colorado, Florida, Iowa, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

In addition to the spot focusing on the Republican nominee as a corporate raider and job outsourcer, OFA will be running this spot saying that Romney as governor “raised taxes and fees on everyone else” who wasn’t rich. A list of 24 fees and taxes, to be exact.

The other ads are coming from on Super PAC and two 501(c)4 nonprofit outfits.

Restore Our Future: The pro-Mitt-Romney Super PAC is required to report each election-related expense to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) within 48 hours of making it. Its ad focuses on unemployment and attacks Obama’s comment that the “private sector is doing fine.” The buy is for $7.6 million in nine states: Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

Americans for Prosperity: As a 501(c)4 group, this David and Charles Koch-affiliated operation is less regulated. It's also running a "private sector is doing fine" ad. Like other groups of its type, AFP can take unlimited donations from nearly any source—corporate or individual—and is under no requirement to report the names of its donors, only the amounts and some other information to the IRS. It also has to tell the FEC soon after it spends money. To keep its tax-exempt status, less than half of its money must be spent telling voters to support or oppose a specific candidate. Issue ads that simply mention a candidate don't count. The buy is for $5.5 million in six states: Colorado, Florida, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Concerned Women for America: The 501(c)4 nonprofit launched an ad attacking Obama’s health-reform law. Alice Stewart, the group's spokeswoman, was Rick Santorum’s spokeswoman when he was running in the GOP primary. The buy is for $6 million. The ad is appearing in six states: Iowa, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Virginia and Wisconsin.

Originally posted to Meteor Blades on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 09:07 AM PDT.

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  •  any idea (1+ / 0-)
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    what states

  •  The ads aren't moving the polls (9+ / 0-)

    I hope Obama doesn't over spend on these ads and saves a LOT for the last 3 weeks of the campaign.

    I see about 10 of those Romney "the private sector is doing fine" ads for every Obama ad I see in Colorado.  And look at the polls, they're just not moving.  The 10% of the uninformed voters that will move the polls and actually decide this election aren't paying attention.  My guess is most don't even know Romney is running.

    With one move last week regarding immigration, Obama did more to get elected than a $billion worth of ads.  Let them run 10 to 1 until the last 3 weeks, and concentrate on what the power of the presidency can do for you.  An announcement about a proposal for a big jobs program paid for by taxing the top 5%, and this election is in the bag.

    •  I really hope you're right. (3+ / 0-)
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      NormAl1792, blue aardvark, ColoTim

      Republicans outspending Democrats 19M-3M is ominous.

      I know you believe you understood what you think I said, but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant. -- S.I. Hayakawa

      by tapu dali on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 09:46:51 AM PDT

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    •  It's a two-step: (4+ / 0-)
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      TomP, blue aardvark, ColoTim, tsunamiwave7
      With one move last week regarding immigration, Obama did more to get elected than a $billion worth of ads.
      The policy lays the groundwork for electoral success (and yes, given the Hispanic/ Latino community's dismay with Obama's deportation record, it was a good and necessary move), the billion is needed to make it an issue big enough to get low-interest voters to care and actually turn out.

      "Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it's time to pause and reflect." Mark Twain

      by aufklaerer on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 10:24:19 AM PDT

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    •  Absolutely pollwatcher! (0+ / 0-)

      Obama has been improving his standing with the bold and popular moves he makes.
         The first was his jobs program last September, followed by his moves on social policies.
          And you're right, if he expands that jobs program and pays for it by closing corporate loopholes which allow major companies to avoid paying any tax, he would pretty muvh put this thing away.

      "We the People of the United States...." -U.S. Constitution

      by elwior on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 04:20:12 PM PDT

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  •  Oh, it's airing in VA (6+ / 0-)

    where apparently our broadcasters like to season the political ads with just a touch of summer replacement programming.

    Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

    by a gilas girl on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 09:25:44 AM PDT

  •  That "private sector is doing fine" is old and (6+ / 0-)

    no one cares.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 09:42:28 AM PDT

  •  I note Michigan and Wisconsin are not (3+ / 0-)
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    targeted for these ads despite Republican claims of them being in play.

    Even the men at Concerned Women for America who are oddly enough targeting Minnesota and new Mexico aren't also targeting Wisconsin and Michigan.

    Lastly... in complete disgust... I note the $22.4 million dollars being spent on political ads in June focusing on economics when $22.4 million would make a nice job investment in one of those states.

    "Do what you can with what you have where you are." - Teddy Roosevelt

    by Andrew C White on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 09:57:31 AM PDT

    •  Follow the money...Very true (1+ / 0-)
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      Both candidates know which states are close and which states are out of reach...lack of SuperPAC/Romney money in Wisconsin and Michigan is a better indicator than outlier polls calling each state too close to call

  •  Will Limbaugh word comeback to hunt him (1+ / 0-)
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    Thier is video of Limbaugh saying "Romney is not a conservative" Should Obama campaign use Limbaugh and other conservative word against them and Romney

    •  Did he ever use "Rommunism?" (0+ / 0-)

      During the primaries that was a popular jibe against Romney.  I say we redifine it as "a system of government wherein all wealth is redistributed evenly among Mitt Romney" and run with it.

      Ignorance is Curable.

      by skids on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 04:12:48 PM PDT

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  •  Concerned Women for America has the (5+ / 0-)

    most disgusting offering in this group. I want to shake that Doctor by the shoulders. How clever to feature a physician feigning concern for her dear elderly patient as she speculates about what "Obamacare" might do, might not do. One would hope a doctor could read and therefore know what the bill affords, including the continuation of her care for patients now on her roster.
    All of this blowback on the limp improvements that ACA provides (yes, yes, it's better, than nothing, it's a start, all that, it does expand coverage,...) proves that there is no reason not to put forward something sane and genuinely progressive. Let's make a bold move for a change, the erosion would leave us no worse off than we are now, not to mention that about 70% of the populace supported Medicare for all.
    Public Option.

  •  This must be strongly negated (4+ / 0-)
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    Concerned Women for America: The 501(c)4 nonprofit launched an ad attacking Obama’s health-reform law. Alice Stewart, the group's spokeswoman, was Rick Santorum’s spokeswoman when he was running in the GOP primary. The buy is for $6 million. The ad is appearing in six states: Iowa, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Virginia and Wisconsin.

    slutty voter for a "dangerous president"; Präsidentenelf-maßschach; Warning-Some Snark Above"Nous sommes un groupuscule" (-9.50; -7.03) "Sciant terra viam monstrare." 政治委员, 政委!

    by annieli on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 10:23:48 AM PDT

  •  The ad I've seen most frequently is the one on (3+ / 0-)
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    Romneys' record as gov, the "it didn't work then, it won't work now" ad. I've not seen many Romney ads lately other than today when I saw the attack ad on Obamacare.

    Any ads where I'm at, here in DC, are aimed at Virginia. Seems Obama is making sure VA is a lock and Romney isn't going after it that hard, at least so far.

    Ds see human suffering and wonder what they can do to relieve it. Rs see human suffering and wonder how they can profit from it.

    by JTinDC on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 10:32:38 AM PDT

    •  Careful (4+ / 0-)

      Just not seeing ads from Romney at this point in time doesn't mean a whole lot.  Careful not to think that he's giving up on Virginia...or ANY state.  If we believe he's stupid or not formulating a plan and not all that "adequate" with regard to a presidential campain, we're making a HUGE mistake.

      The truth is sometimes very inconvenient.

      by commonsensically on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 03:43:16 PM PDT

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      •  True enough. With their money they can and will (1+ / 0-)
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        get around to napalming the airwaves. And I dread it. I only hope it gets all of us on the left pissed enough that we start having millions of conversations with the reachables to set the record straight.

        I'd like to think they're now lying so brazenly that even the brain dead have to see it. But there's a lot of desperate, dumb people who'll vote based on the ads they heard the most or last ad they heard right before voting which is bound to have been an anti-Obama ad.  

        Ds see human suffering and wonder what they can do to relieve it. Rs see human suffering and wonder how they can profit from it.

        by JTinDC on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 04:01:13 PM PDT

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  •  Much better to have (1+ / 0-)
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    insurance company bean counters come between a doctor and her patients I guess -- or to have the lack of money come between a young person and treatment once they're out of school but can't find a job with insurance benefits.

    Mitt Romney: the Etch-A-Sketch candidate in the era of YouTube

    by Cali Scribe on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 03:40:54 PM PDT

  •  Why does the talk about adds make this sound like (0+ / 0-)

    the Academy awards or media contests?  This is not democracy it is theater and bad theater at that!

    An idea is not responsible for who happens to be carrying it at the moment. It stands or falls on its own merits.

    by don mikulecky on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 03:42:05 PM PDT

  •  You guys in battleground states (7+ / 0-)

    have my sympathy.

  •  They are showing them in Nevada (2+ / 0-)
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    and from what I have seen so far, they suck.

    I'm not just saying that to make people feel better, they are not nearly as devastating as their architects think they are. Obama's 1rst in debt and 47th in jobs ad is, in contrast, made even more devastating with the side-by-side that the ads have now created.

    The ads are pretty lame. Showing them a lot doesn't make them less lame, or more effective, but they have actually enhanced the pro-Obama ads I've seen running in Clark County.

    I am from the Elizabeth Warren wing of the Democratic Party

    by LeftHandedMan on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 03:43:47 PM PDT

    •  I think one thing that can be said going forward (2+ / 0-)
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      is that the Romney campaign is an odd duck that is only a serious threat because of the unlimited money that the Koch Brothers Shady Shelly Adelson Rove Axis of Weasel will provide.

      If these fuckers had to run on a budget, they'd be fucked.

      If these fuckers lived in a country with a real news media, they'd be fucked.

      They need Citizen's United and a castrated press. Badly.

      People don't hate Obama because Sean Hannity does, and that is the kind of logic that underpins the ads that I have seen.

      They are running ads that presume you already agree with Romney, they really are not attempts to persuade non-Republican voters into seeing Romney as a better choice, it's almost as if the campaign is being run by a small circle of people who only check with each other and they all agree that the race is in the bag.

      I am from the Elizabeth Warren wing of the Democratic Party

      by LeftHandedMan on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 03:50:21 PM PDT

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  •  Just based on how often I see it (1+ / 0-)
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    I think AfP is spending about as much on their phony "issue" ad as Romney is on his ad.

    BTW, if Obama had never said "... the private sector is doing fine ..." they'd have no campaign.

    In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; but in practice, there always is a difference. - Yogi Berra En théorie, il n'y a aucune différence entre théorie et pratique, mais en pratique, il y a toujours une différence. - Yogi Berra

    by blue aardvark on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 03:46:40 PM PDT

  •  Concerned Women? Concerned Uteruses FTW (1+ / 0-)
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    Those Old Church Ladies are the Worst. This ad for Obama by Keep Your Party Outta My Pants is the one to watch - check it out. The GOP paper dolls are easily mowed down by the Women's Vote. Bonus - CLOONEY.

    Keep Your Party Outta My Pants.

    by Storey on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 03:48:33 PM PDT

  •  Concerned Women Ad (2+ / 0-)
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    annieli, cacamp

    Ran in New Mexico last night, and I found it offensive.  This ad features a "nurse" who is concerned that the ACA will be a job killer.  IMHO, any health care worker with a sense of pride and respect for human dignity would welcome more health care coverage.  If anything, more jobs would be available in health care because of the increased patient number.

  •  Blah. (1+ / 0-)
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    It's still five months until the election, and I'm already tired of all of these commercials. I'm glad I don't live in a battleground state, or I would probably throw my television out the window.

    24, male, OK-02 (current), TX-04 (born)

    by chancew on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 03:55:29 PM PDT

  •  Knowing why jobs "come and go" is something (1+ / 0-)
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    Romney should maybe keep to himself. That doesn't sound like a benefit.

    "I'm sculpting now. Landscapes mostly." ~ Yogi Bear

    by eXtina on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 03:58:32 PM PDT

    •  Romney's qualifications (1+ / 0-)
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      Das Mitt now has 2 good reasons to elect him President:

      1) he can protect American jobs, since he knows first-hand all the sleazy things 1%ers do to enrich themselves by outsourcing and offshoring our jobs; OR

      2) if we voted him in, he would be too busy to invest in more job-killing ventures

      When the people are being beaten with a stick, they are not much happier if it is called "the People's Stick." ~ Mikhail Bakunin

      by Sick Semper on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 05:34:02 PM PDT

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  •  woo woo (0+ / 0-)

    Within seconds of clicking to watch, the same ad came on Hardball. :) I got stereo.

    PS. Go Colorado!

    Just Win, Baby. -- Al Rodgers, Feb. 24, 2012

    by OLinda on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 04:11:41 PM PDT

  •  Let's See... (0+ / 0-)

    Restore Our Future --- Republicans want to bring us back to the 19th century.

    Americans for Prosperity --- The only prosperity that Republicans care about is that of the 1% of the uber wealthy.

    Concerned Women for America --- We all know how Republican feel about women.

    Does anyone see a pattern here? Republicans name their PACs with words and phrases in direct contrast to their actual policies. And yet, the ignorant sheep buy it hook, line and sinker.

  •  quite a difference (0+ / 0-)

    $3.3 mil for Obama vs about $19 mil for Rmoney. I expect it will get worse as more billionaires kick in after this big weekend gathering of fat cats.

    America could have chosen to be the worlds doctor, or grocer. We choose instead to be her policeman. pity

    by cacamp on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 04:29:37 PM PDT

    •  Obama is an incumbent President (0+ / 0-)

      His money deficit, if indeed it's real, creates a virtuous circle in which he can only equalize his visibility by actually doing executive stuff, the more anti-Republican the better! We saw that already with gay marriage and now immigration--these are things Obama doesn't exactly feel in his bones, or else we would have heard from him earlier, but he's in a campaign and wants to stay top-of-mind without spending money and using his power in progressive ways is the ticket.

      Romney '12: Bully for America!

      by Rich in PA on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 05:01:55 PM PDT

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      •  it's real and will get worse (0+ / 0-)

        I agree that Obama's bully pulpit is worth a lot, I guess the real question is whether it's enough to offset the tsunami of filth the far right will be able to sling.
        btw, I believe Obama is very sincere in his actions. IMO, He did evolve on gay marriage and he has supported the Dream Act since its inception.

        America could have chosen to be the worlds doctor, or grocer. We choose instead to be her policeman. pity

        by cacamp on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 05:14:36 PM PDT

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        •  Bully pulpit/power of incumbency (0+ / 0-)

          is extremely undervalued by the folks who think the President will be swamped by a billion dollars of ads...he can intervene any time he feels with a policy statement or an economic proposal that makes sense

          There is a point of limiting to zero returns on TV ads, especially in swing states, because fewer people are undecided in this election (I think Pew came up with only 10% of persuadable voters)

          •  I agree about Obama (0+ / 0-)

            he does have that bully pulpit and probably enough money to make his points. I guess the down ticket races could be the real victims of 'citizens united' unlimited cash. It could very well protect the GOP House majority and turn the Senate.

            America could have chosen to be the worlds doctor, or grocer. We choose instead to be her policeman. pity

            by cacamp on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 06:38:28 PM PDT

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  •  Conan stole my joke- I knew someone would! (0+ / 0-)

    Romney '12: Bully for America!

    by Rich in PA on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 04:59:53 PM PDT

  •  Wow Mitt is MEGA outspending (0+ / 0-)

    He's outspending Obama 6 to 1.

    This isn't an election. It's an exercise in mass hypnosis.

    •  Two words: Meg Whitman. (0+ / 0-)

      And California is a mini-U.S. in many ways, so it serves as an example of how MEELYUNS OF DOLLARS don't always work.

      The Obama/Biden Inaugural -- the exact moment when the world went from gray to colorful.

      by alkatt on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 06:36:32 PM PDT

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