Pro-Romney group launches major Colorado ad blitz attacking Obama
Correction: A previous version of this post referred to Crossroads GPS as a super PAC, when Crossroads GPS is in fact a nonprofit group that is a sister organization to American Crossroads, a Republican super PAC.
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They didn't waste any time. Just hours after the latest unemployment statistics came out this morning, Crossroads GPS, a powerful organization backing Mitt Romney, announced its latest $1.8 million ad blitz in Colorado attacking President Barack Obama for his record on -- what else? -- jobs.
The release announcing the "breaking" news of the organization's new campaign points out that the first ad in the series spotlight's the "poor employment report" that came out today.
The group is referring to the monthly update from the Department of Labor, which just announced that the nation's labor market added 80,000 jobs in June and the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 8.2 percent.
This is apparently good content for Crossroads GPS, the sister organization to the wealthy super PAC American Crossroads, which was founded by Karl Rove, chief adviser to former President George W. Bush. Here at Westword, we've spent some time exploring the public files at Denver metro area TV stations, and have found that, thus far, Obama's team has spent significantly more than Romney's campaign locally. Records on broadcasting ad buys at several major stations also revealed that Priorities USA Action, a super PAC backing Obama, has spent a lot more than Restore Our Future, a super PAC backing Romney.
An important caveat that we noted in our previous coverage is that Crossroads, a second Romney super PAC, had not yet spent any money at broadcast stations when we first reported on the spending discrepancies in mid-June. So while the super PAC for Obama may have been outspending the Romney super PAC at local broadcast stations, today's news confirms that Obama's campaign is up against major spending from his opponent's.
"We're suffering through one of the weakest economic recoveries in our history, and the only thing President Obama is offering is slogans and excuses," Steven Law, president of Crossroads GPS, said in a statement announcing the new ads. "Coloradans are hungering for practical solutions to our skyrocketing debt and flat-lined economy, and that's what we are putting forward in our New Majority Agenda."
Colorado is, of course, a key swing state, which means voters across the state will likely have the great fortune of being bombarded with ads from both presidential campaigns and relevant super PACs now through Election Day.
And just in case you forgot, super PACs are those controversial independent political fundraising committees that technically don't "coordinate" with the candidates they are backing, but are nonetheless shaping up to be key players nationally in the race to raise money and rule the airwaves in the presidential election. Super PACs like American Crossroads can have nonprofit affiliates that raise money and campaign.
Page down to read more about this latest ad blitz and the response from the Obama campaign.