Crossroads GPS to drop $1.7 million against Obama
April 10th, 2012
04:58 PM ET
2 years ago

Crossroads GPS to drop $1.7 million against Obama

(CNN) – A conservative political action committee on Tuesday announced plans to spend $1.7 million in a half-dozen battleground states criticizing President Barack Obama's energy policy.

"No matter how Obama spins it, gas costs too much," a narrator says in the Crossroads GPS ad. It also hits him for claiming increased domestic oil production and for claiming credit for decisions made under the administration of President George W. Bush.

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The president and administration officials have maintained that domestic drilling has increased. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said last month the number of working oil rigs is at an all time high, and additional permits for shallow and deep water drilling have been issued.

At a March speech in Ohio, Obama said, "Under my administration, America is producing more oil today than at any time in the last eight years - at any time. That's a fact."

He argued there is little correlation between drilling and the price at the pump.

The ad is to begin airing on broadcast and cable on Wednesday in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, Ohio, and Virginia, all battleground states in the November election.

Crossroads GPS and a sister organization, American Crossroads, have said they will raise and spend $300 million this cycle against President Obama and allies.

The group previously targeted Obama with a $650,000 buy in Nevada, New Mexico, and Ohio while the president visited those states on an energy tour. On Tuesday, Obama fundraised, campaigned, and held an official event in Florida, one of the states which will see the latest Crossroads buy.

The group told CNN the timing of the buy is unrelated to Rick Santorum's Tuesday announcement that he is suspending his presidential bid.

- CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report

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Filed under: 2012 • Crossroads GPS • President Obama
soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. Namejkane fl live from teapublican moon base no taxes, no regulation no health care, free gas.

    Save your money, give it to charity , I guess you haven't heard , Dem landslide coming in Nov.

    April 10, 2012 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  2. Bill

    They are going to have to a lot better than this. Only 1.7 million? Obama can raise that much in three hours. Fact: gas prices are not controlled by the president – the price is set on world markets. No matter what these Rove funded pukes say, the American people are not buying it.

    April 10, 2012 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  3. cali girl

    Typical to put their own fears and make them an Obama weakness. Nice try, but we can see through the murky BS.

    April 10, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  4. Drew

    It is a shallow and stupid argument to blame Obama for gas prices. These idiots might as well take $1.7 million and burn it. Most people realize that gas prices are controlled by speculators and gasoline prices are based on the price of crude oil. Crude oil is a commodity and speculators are making bets against the future price of oil. It is not surprising that many of our Congressional leaders have stock in oil companies, (mostly Republican), and refuse to do anything against speculation. Then they want to spin the price on Obama, what gaul!!

    April 10, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  5. gg

    These all conservative's negative attact doesn't fit into Obama.

    April 10, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  6. CHUCK

    This is no big surpise. I guess you guys at Crossroads GPS are for Mitt Romney. Well you can waste your money if you wish, but President Obama will be reelected. You guys do not have more money then the DNC attack machine and it has not even started yet. See you losers at the polls in Nov.

    April 10, 2012 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    Well, it's not really Crossroads GPS that's "dropping" the money. It's the secret donors who are dropping the money. Crossroads GPS is what's known as a front...a straw man working on the donors' behalf so they need take no public ownership of the filth they are paying for.

    April 10, 2012 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    "It is a shallow and stupid argument to blame Obama for gas prices. "

    It is a shallow and stupid electorate that argument is intended to coerce.

    April 10, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  9. Dave

    Yo, no matter how much Rove / Koch bros give Mr personality IT AINT HAPPENIN This election is The Rich, Richer & Richest against the middle class. 13.8 % tax for Willard, Bishop Romney & his 12 elevators for his 12 cars for his 12 Homes. No this brother cant exactly relate to Bains Finest.

    April 10, 2012 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  10. Paul

    Obama's my man, but don't think Carl Rove and friends won't have an impact. Carls only interested in obscuring the truth to confuse voters so they will stay home in November. It's Romney's only hope.

    April 10, 2012 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  11. Dave

    Why Yall be hatin when it comes to Bishop Romney? Just caus he abuses puppies & destroyed hundreds of thousands of jobs & sent them to China & hides a few hundred million in Swiis bank accounts & hates the poor & took a Raped The US Treasury for a Billion in Earmarks for his Bain buddies & the 02 Games & wanted for Detroit to go bankrupt & supports taking away Womans Rights & disses The only Latinoo Supreme Court Judge & is going to Surpress millions of voters, Especially the disabled & wants to have all the Keystone pipeline go Out of this Country instead of staying in the US & is Bought & Paid for by Big oil & has never worked a day in his life & is a Marvelous Draft Dodger, Does all this really make him such a bad guy??/

    April 10, 2012 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  12. Debbie

    President is Steven J. Law, of Crossroads former United States Deputy Secretary of Labor for President George W. Bush and the Chairman of the Board of Directors is former Republican National Committee chairman Mike Duncan and who is their advisor? Karl Rove. Another GWBush man. Romney has from day one surrounded himself with GWB people. A vote for Romney is a vote to return to Geo W. Bush, Cheney, and Karl Rove.

    April 10, 2012 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  13. Gurgyl

    I am voting for Obama.

    April 10, 2012 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  14. kayla

    they will need more than money to defeat the prez.
    OBAMA 2012

    April 10, 2012 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  15. Goose

    Funny how all the Obama supporters come out and defend him with "The President doesn't set or have anything to do with gas prices..." when he himself attacked then President Bush using the same kind of rhetoric....can you say hypocrites? And no i am not a republican, or repug or tea partier or whatever line/insult you guys like to use, i am an independant thinker who is fed up with all the rhetoric from both sides!

    April 10, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  16. The REAL Truth.. (not the imposter)

    It's funny how both side yell hypocrisy, yet both sides do it. Both side know that blaming the price of gas on the President is completely bogus but is great for political grandstanding. That anyone believes it is what is amazing.

    What is more amazing is that our right-wing SCOTUS REALLY voted (5-4 again) to grant corporations "person" status, and also allow organizations such as Crossroads be able to spend $1.7M on ANY political ad at all. What WERE they thinking? It has to rank up there as the WORST decision(s) in their history. I'm surprised no-one has contested it as it definitely violated Fed Election Laws.. but hey.. I guess the SCOTUS can rule any way they see fit, even if a publicly elected Congress disagrees.

    April 10, 2012 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  17. once upon a horse

    Too many negative ads are a turn off unless you are just a tried and true Obama hater. The Karl Rove smear and fear campaign has started. Get ready for the "he's NOT one of us" ads to come out perhaps even using that shrill lady crying "I want my country back!" Remember truth and facts are non-factors in the Rove hate machine.

    April 10, 2012 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  18. Bonnie

    They can spend as much money as they want trying to blame Obama for the cost of fuel yet anybody that lives in the United States knows that the republican controlled congress controlled every movement Obama made, so if they want to blame somebody for the price of fuel then blame republicans. Obama is president now and he will be 4yrs from now!

    April 10, 2012 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  19. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    If it costs big oil $2 a barrel for drilling oil on land and $35 a barrel for off shore drilling, why is big oil selling it for over $100 a barrel, making record profits, and they are still getting tax breaks?

    April 10, 2012 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  20. Wake up people

    So President Obama is the reason for high gas prices, yet little shrub wasn't? These people are pathetic and will say and do anything to get the black man out of the White House. Sad, it really is.

    OBAMA 2012!

    April 10, 2012 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  21. vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    if anybody with an ounce of sense would think...WHY would Obama in an election year be pushing for high gas prices? Just which party at the moment would benefit from high gas prices.....hmmmmm..let me think. The one that always backs not cutting tax breaks for Big Oil maybe? If you want to look at it objectively is it possible the GOP is behind the gas prices? Well Newt claims he has plans to get gas down to $2.50 a gallon and Michelle Bachmann said as low as $2.00 a gallon. So why aren't they acting on this if they know how to do it?

    April 10, 2012 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  22. Black

    Remember when Bush got thrown under the bus for high energy prices. What comes around goes around. I am in the oil business and Bush tried to stay as far from the fray as possible and still got dinged. I am a small independent Petroleum Engineer that has invested and done deals for the last 30 years and our Energy policy is driving the prices up. The price of oil vs natural gas is so out of sync with historical norms that majors have stopped gas prospects altogether where I live. There is going to be a huge amount of money to be made in the next few years and there will be people & companies that risk everything to make it happen but the numbes will be huge for good operators without government intrusion.

    April 10, 2012 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  23. ddt

    Republicans also said that it was GW Bush who killed Osama Bin Laden

    April 10, 2012 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  24. Joyce

    The dirt they plan to sling we all can see through, it will not work .

    April 10, 2012 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  25. rs

    You have to love the GOP. When their guy is in the White House its all "there's no controlin' gas prices, but I'll talk to our Middle East friends, yada, yada..." and nothing happens. Nowto hear them tell it, you'd think Obama is out there putting inflated price stickers on each and every gallon of gas for YOU!
    Look fools, to control gasoline prices the way the GOP says they can you'd have to NATIONALIZE the oil industry. How's that Socialism for you?

    April 10, 2012 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
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