Pro-Romney Super PAC launches new ad wave

WASHINGTON Tue Jun 19, 2012 5:19pm EDT

U.S. Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney shakes hands after speaking at a campaign event at the Bavarian Inn Lodge in Frankenmuth, Michigan, June 19, 2012. REUTERS/Larry Downing

U.S. Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney shakes hands after speaking at a campaign event at the Bavarian Inn Lodge in Frankenmuth, Michigan, June 19, 2012.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Super PAC backing Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said Tuesday it would launch a $7.6 million television ad sweep across nine states, its latest contribution to the growing media presence of outside spending groups in the U.S. election.

The purchase comes after weeks of silence from Restore Our Future, the independent spending group that emerged as the deep-pocketed heavyweight that barraged Romney's Republican competitors in the race to become their party's nominee.

The ads will begin airing Wednesday and run through the end of June in presidential battleground states of Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia, according to PAC spokeswoman Brittany Gross.

The Super PAC backing President Barack Obama's re-election, Priorities USA, has been on air in five of those states since late May with $7 million worth of ads that hit Romney over his tenure at a private equity firm.

Outside groups are raking in unlimited funds to spend on advertising, largely negative. Spawned by a 2010 U.S. Supreme Court decision, Super PACs have no limits on how much they can raise or spend on political candidates, as long as they do not coordinate with official campaigns.

In three of the battleground states - Colorado, Florida and Nevada - Priorities USA has also partnered up with the Service Employees International Union for a $4 million Spanish-language ad buy this week criticizing Romney's immigration stance.

More than $1 billion is expected to be spent on both sides of the aisle in the run-up to the November presidential election.

(Editing by Doina Chiacu)

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Comments (12)
JLWR wrote:
I realize some people can be bought, but for me, I will not watch one of these ads and I do not care of they have $100B worth of ads – it will not change my mind one iota. I look at all the facts, knowing both sides play games and both are sleazy, and I look at the overall agenda of the parties. Most of the time I wish we had a third party or more but I will never let money sway my judgment nor do I offer one cent on my money to any party. They get my vote, but not my money.

Jun 19, 2012 3:35pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
sjtom wrote:
If they “get your vote” they don’t need your money.

Jun 19, 2012 3:52pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
UnPartisan wrote:
@JLWR

My thoughts exactly. I am planning on voting third party whenever possible this election. Sick and tired of a choice between Empty Suit A and Empty Suit B, and no matter which one you choose we get the same thing. Obama blames Bush, but he has continued the spending, the tax cuts, and the foreign policy of his predecessor. Romney would just be more of the same that we have gotten from the past two Presidents. I don’t care if I am throwing away my vote.

Jun 19, 2012 3:54pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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