Obama’s economic record target of new ad campaign
June 24th, 2011
09:17 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama’s economic record target of new ad campaign

(CNN) – An independent Republican advocacy group announced a $5 million ad buy Friday aimed at influencing Congress as it debates action on issues including deficit reduction and the economy.

Crossroads GPS, an arm of American Crossroads, will launch a national TV ad detailing “the Obama Administration’s failure to improve the economy with its $830 billion stimulus legislation and other policies,” the group said.

In the ad, entitled “Shovel Ready,” a narrator says “Obama’s $830 billion stimulus failed,” before concluding, “It’s time to take away Obama’s blank check.”

“President Obama may have inherited a recession, but his policies have made things worse for everyday Americans by running up the debt and causing economic uncertainty,” President of Crossroads GPS Steven Law said in a statement announcing the new ad.

The ad, which will air on national cable news channels and local affiliates in key voting states, is the first phase of a $20 million advocacy campaign that the organization will roll out over the next two months.

American Crossroads, which spent $70 million on the 2010 midterm elections, has pledged to raise $120 million for the 2012 election cycle.

The group drew fire from Democratic groups during the midterms for accepting funds from undisclosed donors, but several similar groups, such as former Deputy White House Press Secretary Bill Burton’s “Priorities USA,” have since been created as both sides look toward the 2012 elections.

Burton issued a statement Friday rebuking Crossroad GPS’s new initiative.

“Whether it's by running millions of dollars in negative ads about the economy or by walking away from critical economic talks in Congress, Washington Republicans are demonstrating an unwavering commitment to stopping any real progress on the economy,” Burton said.

Burton helped found Priorities USA and its affiliated Priorities USA Action after leaving the White House in order to support Obama’s reelection campaign. The groups aim to raise a combined $100 million for the 2012 election.

–CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • American Crossroads • Crossroads GPS
soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. once upon a horse

    hopefully it will also include what the Republicans have done to try to improve the economy during the same time period.
    Tax break extention for the upper 2% FAIL
    Keeping corporate tax breaks open FAIL
    Job Bills presented FAIL
    Working with the Democrats and the President to help improve the economy FAIL
    they might as well tell it ALL while they could find nothing better to spend 5million dollars on.
    And by the way why not show the Republicans holding up those stimulus checks that some did accept for their districts. :)

    June 24, 2011 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  2. Albo58

    Better yet, Total Fail!

    June 24, 2011 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  3. W l jones

    Why give five million to a corp. when could loan to small business in turn help the economy?

    June 24, 2011 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  4. GI Joe

    so? What's new? That's all they do. They have no ideas, no plans, nothing (except kill grandma). All they have is their very expensive lying attack ads. Ho Hummmm.

    June 24, 2011 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  5. ja

    the naysayers and suddenly enlightned need to stick their heads back in the sand

    June 24, 2011 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  6. vic , nashville ,tn

    Actually Republicans responsible for this $ 830 billion because they we in power 2000 to 2008 they cause the mess

    June 24, 2011 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  7. Debra From Georgia

    What about the 3.5 million jobs President Obama created in the private sector, more than George W. Bush created in his 8 years in office? These lying Republicans make me sick.

    June 24, 2011 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  8. Aaron

    If the group's name says Crossroads, you can be sure it's some pathologically lying organization created by the likes of the billionaire Koch brothers, Cheney, or Rove.

    June 24, 2011 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  9. Clwyd

    How do we know that without the Stimulus that the downward trend begun by the bushwhackers administration wouldn't have been a lot worse?

    June 25, 2011 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  10. J.V.hodgson

    It is always easy to criticise and look good on the surface. Bur when you consider the very shallow depth from apolicy and strategic point of view of Republicans it comes down to two very sad points.
    1) Thier only real strategy is to get rid of Obama by saying no to all legislative ideas, delaying anything he wants or needs,promising to deasl with jobs jobs jobs, six months later an not a single legislative idea that is job generating
    2) Mainaining Ideology and thier past failed policies i.e Lowereing taxes, fighting wars or no defense cuts, and walking away otr not even participating in any bi -partisan conversation debate and simply always threatening to walk away and to hell with the consequemnces for the country Debt ceilng.
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    June 25, 2011 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  11. B

    They can spend what they like in an attempt to discredit the President, but a majority of the American people understand exactly what the Republicans are attempting with the negative propaganda.

    The party of NO.

    June 25, 2011 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  12. earl fey

    G,AO aays the stimulus package did raise GNP, raised the number of employed people, and reduced the Unemploed %.

    But what have you done form me lately. Now some republicans say TARP did save the Banking industry but it would be better
    if we had let the economy hit rock bottom. [can yoy say depression] And they are now going to let that happen.

    ent number/

    June 25, 2011 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  13. ThinkAgain

    The Republicans love to use the strategy of just saying something and expecting people to not question it.

    Do some fact-checking, folks. Here's what I found:

    According to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the stimulus resulted in between 1.3 million and 3.6 million jobs saved or created (IHS/Global Insight, Macroeconomic Advisers and Moody’s Economy.com have similar figures).

    The stimulus may not have created as many jobs as hoped, but there’s no doubt it put many people back to work and preserved the jobs of many more.

    Once again, the GOP lied.

    Since it doesn't have a record of accomplishment to run on and all of its economic, military and foreign policies are PROVEN FAILURES, all it can do is LIE.

    June 25, 2011 02:04 am at 2:04 am |
  14. Stu Steinberg

    The GOP, and particularly their weasel leader, Reince Priebus, are just flat out liars. Not one single thing they are saying about the stimulus–that it failed–is true. These are people who lie and keep repeating the lie, over and over. Joseph Goebbels, Hitler's propaganda chief, said that if you tell a lie often enough, people begin to believe. This time, however, the voters will not be fooled. Except for some of tea party people, most people know why the economy is in the tank and it has nothing to do with anything the President did. We were raped by the banks and Wall Street during the Bush years, and the uber rich get tax cuts and are allowed to avoid paying taxes on money earned outside the US. They get tax breaks for outsourcing US jobs overseas. When I worked in Afghanistan in 2009-10, I had to pay taxes on that money whether I left it in Kabul or brought it home. Why aren't I given the same preferential treatment? Well, I don't have lobbyists and Super Pacs bribing them to make me special. The three best known economic research firms in the US are Moody's, IHS Global Insight and Macroeconomic Advisers. All three of them agreed that the stimulus has created between 1.6 – 1.8 million jobs so far and the ultimate impact should approach 2.5 million. The Congressional Budget Office, a non-partisan agency, believes these estimates "are conservative."

    June 25, 2011 03:05 am at 3:05 am |
  15. Marry

    …it saved the country from a big depression! What did the GOP do after bringing the country to its knees? Taking the money and besides that…Nothing! Go away!!!!

    June 25, 2011 05:44 am at 5:44 am |
  16. lebowski1776

    Failed? Anyone checked the numbers? I realize they're inconvenient when you're trying to demonize someone but facts are facts. We slipped slipped slipped, then Obama elected and passed the recovery act. The next two years:

    2009-2011
    Economy (DJI)
    6,500 > 12,500

    Jobs (Unemp)
    10.5% > 8.8%

    Nat'l Security
    2 Wars > 1 War, Bin Laden Dead, Nobel Peace Prize.

    That's the direction it was meant to go in right? Unless you WANTED to keep going down. If you expect it to go faster...the line for Harry Potter is that way kids.

    June 25, 2011 05:47 am at 5:47 am |
  17. Ron

    The only thing the stimulus failed to do was support the budget of Republican govenors for their entire time in office. Remember: "we won't accept the stimulus money"? Then, each time the Fed Gov sent a stimulus check for a state project those cheating, republican fools were smiling for the camera while handing it to their state's people as if they had done something to earn it. What has FAILED is the REPUBLICAN PARTY! IT NO LONGER EXISTS. They are becoming the nazis of America; setting our country back to the early 1900s. I think what they have done in congress to block work/progress from moving forward is treasonous. I hope the American people can see where it is going and vote those clowns out of office before it is too late.

    June 25, 2011 05:57 am at 5:57 am |
  18. duke

    (CNN) – An independent Republican advocacy group announced a $5 million ad buy Friday aimed at influencing Congress as it debates action on issues including deficit reduction and the economy.

    Any THing more need to be said?

    June 25, 2011 05:59 am at 5:59 am |
  19. Coloradan

    American Crossroads is a Karl Rove front group. Let's not forget that during Bush's last few months in office we were losing half a million jobs a month. And the Republicans have the nerve to mock Obama for having created "only" a few million jobs so far. Let's not forget that Bush inherited three consecutive budget surpluses from Clinton and immediately squandered those on tax cuts that went mostly to the richest Americans and we have been in deficit mode ever since.

    June 25, 2011 06:04 am at 6:04 am |
  20. Danny Spencer

    I see you 5 Million and Raise you 10 Million – Bush Tax Cuts Failed – and they have been around for 10 Years now. ..... Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

    June 25, 2011 06:22 am at 6:22 am |
  21. Danny Spencer

    Seriously American Crossroads you will be out spent – And the funny thing about all this is that the people who out spend you, just have to say the truth. The American People are not as stupid as you think they are American Crossroads.

    June 25, 2011 06:49 am at 6:49 am |
  22. Larry L

    The GOP worked hard to make every initiative fail. What has come out of the GOP-controlled House? Nothing. What ideas have they stood behind? None. Republicans are the American Taliban.

    June 25, 2011 07:10 am at 7:10 am |
  23. Judi Powell

    Boy, the Repubs are going all out on the rhetoric early. Such a waste of money....why don't they put it to better use? The race to make Obama a one term president, and make the country fail so it can happen, started in January 2009....and is getting more rabid every day.

    June 25, 2011 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  24. John

    It just Another LIE told by the Republican. You know how A Republican can tell when there something wrong In America , It real easy they just have to look In the mirror. And they find what wrong with America , that was easy wasn't It.

    June 25, 2011 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  25. Henry

    Oh, please!!! All these adds with "good" people depicted in color and "bad" people shown in black and white.

    Be a bit more original. But wait, why? We Americans are perhaps the dumbest, most easily manipulated, people in the world. That is why these adds are shown; they work. Doesn't say much for us and our intelligence.

    June 25, 2011 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
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