Romney’s Super PAC Begins $4M Ad Buy

May 2, 2012, 6:08 pm EST

Here it comes. On the heels of Barack Obama’s latest attack ad on Mitt Romney, and after pulling ads attacking GOP candidates from its YouTube account, the pro-Romney super PAC Restore Our Future is prepping a barrage of television ads.

According to a media analyst, the super PAC purchased up to $4 million in 30-second television ads in at least eight swing states crucial to this fall’s election. This would presumably take a significant bite out of Restore Our Future’s resources. The super PAC reported having $6.5 million cash on hand at the end of March. Of course, they have likely raised additional money since that report.

Romney’s own campaign had $10 million cash on hand at the end of April. This amount pales in comparison to Obama, who reportedly has $104 million in his war chest. Obama raised $35 million in March, compared to $12.6 million for Romney. Read 

Obama Reveals 2012 Campaign Slogan

May 2, 2012, 1:07 pm EST

Not surprisingly, “Change” won’t be President Obama’s official campaign slogan in 2012.

Instead, the president’s reelection team has debuted its new motto: “Forward.”

The slogan appeared in a seven-minute campaign video released on Monday, the Associated Press reported. The video is intended for political rallies. Included in it are highlights of the president’s accomplishments and a review of the economy when he took office in January 2009. Read 

New Obama Ad Attacks Romney On Jobs, Swiss Bank Account

May 1, 2012, 5:36 pm EST
New Obama Ad Attacks Romney On Jobs, Swiss Bank Account

President Barack Obama’s campaign has released a new advertisement today attacking Mitt Romney’s record on job-creation and accusing him of shipping jobs overseas.

The ad then goes on to say “It’s just what you would expect from a guy who had a Swiss bank account.”

The campaign is running the advertisement in three crucial swing states: Ohio, Iowa, and Virginia. In addition to targeting Romney, the ad hits at “Big Oil” for running anti-Obama ads, meant as a reference to efforts by conservative political action group Americans for Prosperity, financed in part by the Koch brothers. Americans for Prosperity recently began a $6.1 million campaign criticizing Obama’s “green energy” initiatives. Read 

Pro-Romney Super PAC Pulls Negative Ads From YouTube

Apr 30, 2012, 5:42 pm EST
Pro-Romney Super PAC Pulls Negative Ads From YouTube

After helping Mitt Romney bury his Republican foes during the GOP primary season, it looks like the pro-Romney Super PAC Restore Our Future is burying the hatchet.

Restore Our Future has apparently pulled all of its ads attacking Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum from its YouTube account. The account now has just two advertisements that are publicly visible: one that attacks President Barack Obama’s ability to create jobs and one that rehashes a 2008 advertisement about Romney’s efforts to save a young girl who went missing in New York City. The old negative ads from the Republican primaries have been made private by the YouTube account’s manager.

With Romney having sewn up the GOP nomination in all but delegates, efforts are now underway for the presumptive Republican presidential candidate to bring his former foes into the fold. Romney is expected to meet with Santorum this week to discuss an endorsement from the former Pennsylvania senator, and Newt Gingrich is expected to formally leave the race this week.  Pulling the old attack ads will further heal the wounds from a bruising GOP primary, and help the party unite to defeat Barack Obama in the fall. Read 

Romneyize Your House

Apr 30, 2012, 5:19 pm EST

How many average American homes can fit in 1 Romney mansion?

Last August, Romney submitted plans to quadruple the size of his $112 million oceanfront home in La Jolla, California. According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, Romney plans to knockdown a 3,009-square-foot beachfront house and replace it with a 11,062-square-foot structure. Read 

Obama Campaign Raising Money for Hillary Clinton

Apr 27, 2012, 5:48 pm EST
Obama Campaign Raising Money for Hillary Clinton

Four years after President Barack Obama’s campaign defeated Hillary Clinton, it is now extending her an olive branch. The campaign is asking donors and fundraisers to give money to Clinton’s old presidential campaign committee to help her retire $245,00 in debt from 2008.

The efforts came about as a result of promised efforts by former president Bill Clinton to raise money on behalf of Obama and Obama’s Super PAC. In exchange, it appears that the Obama apparatus will assist Hillary Clinton in clearing her debt. As Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton cannot engage in political activity or fund-raise on her own behalf.

This sort of tit-for-tat deal isn’t uncommon between candidates that win nomination and those that are defeated. Mitt Romney, for instance, paid off the debts of Tim Pawlenty’s campaign after Pawlenty left the nomination race and endorsed Romney. For Hillary Clinton and Obama, though, it is a bit more unusual. Clinton left the 2008 campaign with nearly $20 million in debt and loans, and not all of Obama’s supporters at the time heeded his call to help defray her expenses, citing the fractious primary fight as their reason for not helping. Read 

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