Wow. Our experiment is off to a great start—let's see if we can finish it off sooner than expected.
On Tuesday, the super-PAC devoted to electing Mitt Romney, Restore Our Future, unveiled its biggest-ever ad assault on President Obama. The group will spend $20.1 million on anti-Obama ads between Tuesday and Election Day, an amount that is believed to be the largest single-race ad buy by a super-PAC.
The ads accuse Obama of having "flatlined" the American economy in his first term in office, and tell voters the president will do the same with a second term. "If you don't jump-start America's economy now, your economy stays dead four more years," the narrator says. "Demand better." (View that ad above.) Restore Our Future's new blitz comes after the super-PAC dropped $17.7 million on ads in the past week, bringing its spending to nearly $40 million in the last two weeks of the presidential race.
Here's the transcript for "Flatline":
If you saw this line in the ER, you'd be panicked.
Well, this flatline is Barack Obama's economy.
23 million looking for full-time work. Middle-class incomes falling. Spending and debt exploding.
And Obama's second term agenda is the same as the first.
If you don't jump-start America's economy now, your economy stays dead four more years.
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Restore Our Future's new ads will run in battleground states (with maybe one exception, Michigan), and nationally. Here's the breakdown: Colorado ($880,000), Iowa ($1.4 million), Maine's 2nd congressional district ($490,000), Michigan ($2.2 million), Nevada ($1.3 million), Ohio ($2.4 million), Pennsylvania ($2.1 million), Virginia ($2.8 million), and Wisconsin ($1.6 million). Five million more in ads will run nationally, the super-PAC says in a press release.
Restore Our Future is the king of super-PACs. The group has raised $132 million for the 2012 elections, more than any other super-PAC; its top donors include casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, Texas homebuilder Bob Perry, Texas energy executive Harold Simmons, and Oxbow Carbon CEO Bill Koch, the brother of billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch.