Pro-Romney group to spend big bucks in Florida
January 11th, 2012
09:11 AM ET
3 years ago

Pro-Romney group to spend big bucks in Florida

(CNN) - An independent group backing Mitt Romney is gearing up for a fight in Florida.

The pro-Romney Super PAC "Restore Our Future" confirmed to CNN it's going to spend an additional $3.4 million in Florida, starting Wednesday, to run TV commercials in the Sunshine State in support of the former Massachusetts governor's bid for the Republican presidential nomination.

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The group will not characterize what kind of spots it will run during the three weeks leading up to Florida's January 31 primary.

The move comes two days after the group announced they would spend $2.3 million to run TV commercials on South Carolina airwaves. The Palmetto State's January 21 primary follows New Hampshire and precedes Florida's contest.

The South Carolina ad buy from "Restore Our Future" came as a third party group supporting former House Speaker Newt Gingrich also said it would go up on South Carolina TV Wednesday with a multi-million dollar ad buy to run commercials critical of Romney's record on creating jobs when he headed the private equity firm Bain Capital.

"Restore Our Future" went up last month on Iowa TV with aggressive ads against Gingrich's record. Gingrich has acknowledged that the negative spots that flooded Iowa airwaves contributed to his plunge in the polls and to his disappointing fourth place finish in last week's caucuses in the Hawkeye State.

Through Monday, "Restore Our Future" has spent $600,000 so far this cycle to run ads in Florida, and has shelled out over $2 million when spending in Iowa and South Carolina is included.

Romney, who's making his second bid for the GOP nomination, won big in New Hampshire Tuesday, after narrowly winning the Iowa caucuses last week. The most recent polling in South Carolina and Florida indicates Romney holds double digit leads over the rest of the field of candidates

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soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Andrew

    Yeah the U.S. really needs a rich unfeeling CEO for president right now.

    January 11, 2012 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  2. GI Joe

    Corporations are people, my friends.

    January 11, 2012 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  3. king

    Here big corporations with big money to convince folks that folks getting big tax cuts at the expense of the middle class is free market, also folks have the right to outsource jobs to any country where their is demand for American goods, even to the deathriment of American jobs, because that is also capitalism. The problem with the gullible in America is that business main goal is to make money for their international stock holders, with the least cost to their stock holders as possible. Obama plan by combining government and businesses is way more sturdier than the stock market ran uncertainty of businesses alone. These businesses will pick out the few strong in the group and leave majority on their own.

    January 11, 2012 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  4. GI Joe

    Wall street - of Wall street, by Wall street, for Wall street. Yep. Mittens has it all.

    January 11, 2012 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  5. diridi

    Watch out Florida Election Rigging-–Al Gore.

    January 11, 2012 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  6. GI Joe

    Restor our Future Super PAC

    As of August 2011, the largest individual contributor to Restore Our Future was John Paulson, a billionaire and hedge fund manager who is, according to Politico, "famous for [having enriched] himself by betting on the collapse of the housing industry."[

    January 11, 2012 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  7. Rick McDaniel

    More really offensive lies, by a super pac, who doesn't answer to anyone.

    American politics has become more like a gangster movie, than a democratic process.

    January 11, 2012 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  8. Just a thought

    Here we go...the Romney-Bot is on the loose! Looking for the misinformed knuckle draggers, that couldn't find their fannies with both hands, to support him

    January 11, 2012 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  9. GI Joe

    Greed is Good (for the wealthy), my friend.

    January 11, 2012 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  10. GI Joe

    Romney seems a little more "cocky" today - $$$$$$$.

    January 11, 2012 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  11. v_mag

    I think it's ironic that you hear all this noise about saving money and cutting the deficit, and yet every candidate is spending like a drunken sailor to get elected. You'd think a real deficit hawk would show some of that restraint when it came to campaign spending. No one even talks about how the campaign spending is enormous and wasteful. Instead, they brag about how much money they are raising. They would never brag about raising tax money, though.

    January 11, 2012 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  12. Jariv

    Romney is the man!! The real leader america needs. People should stop punishing success. I know 99% of the people would like to have done what he did and have succeeded like he did. Even if they deny it. They wish they were like him. People have the power to be who they want to be and we do not take advantage of it. You can argue all you want, but that is the truth.

    January 11, 2012 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  13. Beth Myers!!

    You gotta love this!!! when will the FOURTH ESTATE stop fooling US? "Pro-Romney group to spend big bucks in Florida" THE SUPA PACS ARE REALLY GOOD FOR THE MEDIA THATS HOW THEY EARN LOOTED PROFITS FROM THE 99%

    January 11, 2012 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  14. Rudy NYC

    king wrote:

    The problem with the gullible in America is that business main goal is to make money for their international stock holders, with the least cost to their stock holders as possible. Obama plan by combining government and businesses is way more sturdier than the stock market ran uncertainty of businesses alone.
    --------------------–
    Mitt Romney personifies the vulture capitalist, the plutocrat, and if he is ready to defend that unregulated style of "free for all" enterprise, I say let him do it. He was a private investor because the rules there are simple, "buyer beware."

    President Obama does not have plans to combine government and businesses. If anything, the is trying to separate the two from one another by ridding the special interests influences in Congress. That means ridding Congress of Republicans.

    January 11, 2012 10:29 am at 10:29 am |