Pro-Santorum PAC in S.C. for $190k
January 6th, 2012
01:24 PM ET
2 years ago

Pro-Santorum PAC in S.C. for $190k

UPDATE: Red, White and Blue will run ads in Greenville, Charleston and Columbia, South Carolina supported by $190,000 starting this weekend. The group says it spent a total of $537,000 in Iowa.

Washington (CNN) - A group supporting Rick Santorum's presidential bid is gearing up to become more active as the former senator sees his political fortunes on the rise after a surprise second place finish in the Iowa caucuses.

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The super PAC Red, White and Blue is planning to go on the air soon "with a significant buy" of ad time in South Carolina, the group's spokesman, Stuart Roy, told CNN Thursday. He would not detail when exactly the spots would go up and said the organization hoped to soon release details of the amount of the purchase.

South Carolinians can expect to soon see an onslaught of campaign ads in the next two weeks before its primary on January 21. Santorum's campaign will soon go up with a major buy there. Mitt Romney has commercials on the air, and the super PAC supporting him, Restore Our Future, also has commercials on the air in the Palmetto state.

Just as Santorum's campaign has seen a major spike in fundraising following his strong Iowa finish, the super PAC Red, White and Blue has also seen a major spike in money coming in since Tuesday night, Roy told CNN. He would not detail an exact amount.

"It was a terrific day yesterday, and that has continued today," Roy said.

He added that Wednesday was the single largest day of fundraising for the group and said the pace on Thursday "has been very similar to yesterday's pace." The group has seen previous donors give more donations, and some who earlier refused to give are now reversing themselves.

Because it had limited funds, Red, White and Blue spent $289,000 on commercials in Iowa, according to CNN's ad consultant Kantar Media's CMAG.

Conservative activist Foster Friess, a major Wyoming investment executive, confirmed to CNN he is one of the major supporters behind Red, White and Blue and vowed to CNN to help increase the group's ability to put out a message supporting Santorum.

"I have been a fan since I met Rick Santorum in 1996," Friess told CNN by telephone Thursday. He went to Iowa this week and campaigned alongside Santorum in a pickup truck along with a small group of others and spoke at one of the precinct caucuses on the former Senator's behalf Tuesday night.

He refused to say how much he so far has donated to the group. "I don't want my wife to find out," he joked.

Friess, who donated to Romney in 2008, is so jazzed by Santorum's rise he returned CNN's request for comment shortly after leaving knee surgery and was planning to call at least 10 major donors later Thursday to push them to donate to the super PAC.

"I just got rolled out of surgery," he told CNN and joked he was going to start calling right then.

"I am so committed," he added, saying he believes Santorum will be the strongest challenger to President Barack Obama. "I am going to encourage any person I know."

The super PACs have played a large role in this year's Republican presidential primary campaign. While they can't legally coordinate their efforts with the campaigns they support, these committees have often done the dirty work of attacking the other contenders, allowing the candidates' operations to stay more positive.

The $1.2 million spent in Iowa by the group supporting Romney, Restore Our Future, is credited with helping to raise questions about Newt Gingrich's record and deflate his popularity in the state.

While it won't run ads in New Hampshire, Red, White and Blue is planning to conduct phone banking on Santorum's behalf.

The group is also looking ahead and plans on running an ad campaign in Florida, which holds its primary on Jan. 31-10 days after South Carolina. Restore Our Future is already airing commercials in the state.

Also see:

Huntsman hits Romney ahead of N.H. primary


Boston Globe backs Huntsman


FIRST ON CNN: Santorum to make large ad buy in South Carolina

Santorum tangles with Gingrich, same-sex marriage supporters

McCain courting former South Carolina backers for Romney


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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    GREAT! Free speech!! Let the information flow and let the voters decide. It is the American way. Of course the lefties will squeel like stuck pigs about people or organizations being able to exercise their 1st Amendment rights, unless they support the lefties.

    January 6, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  2. Demario Johnson

    I am a black American worker and would like to know from Mr.santorum what money is being given two me from the government ? And what money given two blacks is he referring two ? Also I appreciate he is trying to give me a oportunity to earn money and would like two ask how?

    January 6, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  3. Gurgi

    @Truth,,,,Well, you and I both know there is one set of rules for the lefties to follow and a different set of standards for everyone else. That and they play fast and loose with the facts, either that or they are just incapable of seeing the whole picture. I like how they say republicans were in charge when the economy tanked. Hmmmm, seems like I remember Dems being in charge of congress back then, and if you really look at it closely, the dow really started dropping on 5 Nov 08.

    January 6, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  4. Your Vote Counts!

    Lots of information to obtain from all sides...
    New Voter Registration

    January 6, 2012 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  5. Larry L

    @Gurgi

    "Truth,,,,Well, you and I both know there is one set of rules for the lefties to follow"
    -----------------------------------------------------
    You both know the Supreme Court is now an extention of the Republican Party and the ruling to allow unlimited funding for campaigns strongly favors the party most closely tied to corporate interests. The corporations can now buy the Republican of their choice and "free speech" is a fact – for those with tens of millions of dollars to build super PACs.

    I find it interesting that you guys were blaming President Obama for the economy within six months of his election yet you continue to take no responsibility for the Bush Administration – much of it with total control of the Congress, the White House and the Supreme Court. This isn't a football game where you defend your team – whatever the situation. Americans need to hold both sides of the isle accountable and stop spining the truth to support an emotional committment.

    January 6, 2012 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  6. R

    I'm not for or against Santorum, but has anyone stopped to think about how much money will be spent by Republicans and Democrats during this election year? Seems to me that a lot of that money could be better spent on just about anything else that would be more beneficial to all Americans. It's no longer about standing up for those that voted for someone, it's about how much money can they spend. Our founding fathers would be disgusted with them all.

    January 6, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  7. REFLECT FOR A MOMENT

    In the New Hampshire primary and beyond...In choosing the GOP-candidate ..think, think carefully and lets ask ourselves:
    "Is this the right Candidate for the times".? Although Mitt Romneys' family..wife and sons came out in IOWA to tell us about this other "MItt Romney"....not the one America got to see over the many years he ran as a Presidental-candidate
    and always came across ...stiff, distant and humorless.....BUT the MITT according to his family is warm, likeable and full
    of humor.....AND so we must reflect carefully on each of the GOP-candidates...not to find the perfect man nor a BORN-AGAIN...BUT the most 'REFLECTIVE..INNOVATIVE & CREATIVE"....."LEADER TO BE" who will be the kind of "President"
    to embrace all Americans...regardless and adopt a non-partisan leadership.........!

    January 6, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  8. Jess C

    Didn't he just get Murdoch's support? He'll get plenty funding, but no one with half a brain who does not vote solely on religious based ideology will vote for him if they know of his backward agenda. He believes that birth control is wrong. Not much different than the theocratic countries we invade. He's very driven by personal agenda; we don't need that in the US.

    January 6, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  9. Indy

    Romney and his Flip Flop N Lie tour has tons of money but it should not cost more then a million dollars to crack huge holes in Mitts so called job creation skills as a banker/financeer that did no actual hiring.

    January 6, 2012 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    GREAT! Free speech!!
    -----------------
    If it is "free speech", how come it costs so much?

    January 6, 2012 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |