-By Kevin Liptak
October 16, 2012- American Crossroads, the major conservative super PAC co-founded by Karl Rove, said Tuesday it was spending another $11 million to air a spot critical of President Barack Obama in key battleground states.
The ad, which features a woman at her kitchen table directing questions to Obama, will run in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio and Virginia. It will also air on stations airing Big 10 and SEC college football games.
The ad buy Tuesday comes after another $11 million buy from Crossroads, announced last week, which ran in the same eight battleground states. That spot hit Obama for his record on jobs.
The commercial released Tuesday begins with a woman watching an Obama ad on television, before turning to the camera and saying: "Mr. President, here's what I want to know: where are the jobs you promised? The trillions you spent – where did it all go? What's there to show for all of that new debt? And if we're in a recovery, why are we making less?"
-By Saki Knafo
October 1, 2012- Tim Bishop is a scoundrel. Just ask Karl Rove.
A new ad by Rove’s super PAC, Crossroads GPS, is trying to frame the five-term Long Island congressman as a paragon of corruption, highlighting a recent episode in which Bishop’s staff solicited a campaign contribution from a constituent who had asked for the congressman’s help in securing a fireworks permit.
The constituent, Eric Semler, wanted to throw a pyrotechnic bar mitzvah bash for his son, and Bishop agreed to step in on his behalf. But before the permits came through, Bishop’s staff held out a palm to Semler, who ultimately donated $5,000 to the congressman, according to a report by Politico.
-By Justin Sink and Cameron Joseph
October 2, 2012– The conservative super-PAC backed by former George W. Bush adviser Karl Rove announced Tuesday that it would purchase $11 million in television commercials this week, their largest one-week buy of the election, in a new campaign slamming President Obama's jobs record.
The significant ad buy from American Crossroads comes on top of an additional $1 million radio buy and a $4 million television campaign targeting U.S. Senate races in North Dakota, Florida, Virginia and Montana, the group reported Tuesday. The Senate ads will be funded by Crossroads GPS, an affiliated political advocacy organization.
"Obama's weak leadership has yielded weak results and a weaker America. Staying on Obama’s course means a weaker America every day," Crossorads Chairman Steven Law, a former Bush administration official, said in a statement.