Major Olympic ad buy for pro-Romney super PAC
July 5th, 2012
08:44 AM ET
2 years ago

Major Olympic ad buy for pro-Romney super PAC

(CNN) - The pro-Mitt Romney super PAC Restore Our Future is going up with a large television ad buy during the upcoming Olympics, the group confirmed to CNN.

The buy, which will run July 31 through August 9, is for commercials in 11 states: Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.

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This marks an expansion of the PAC's ad terrain, adding Michigan and Wisconsin. CNN ranks both states on its electoral map as leaning Democratic.

The buy is one of the first times since Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's June 5th recall election, which he won, that a key group involved in the general election media war is going up with ads the Badger State. Both Republicans and Democrats predicted after the recall vote the state would become more competitive.

As CNN previously reported, President Barack Obama's campaign is going up with $6.5 million worth of national ads on the various NBC networks during the Olympics, including a spot during the games' opening ceremonies.

Politico first reported Restore our Future's buy. The PAC will not characterize the ad or ads it will be running during the Olympics.

CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

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soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Core republican Values

    Mittens is the gold medal favorite in the "Hypocrisy Freestyle," and the "Arrogance, Flip-Flop, and Hypocrisy Medley Relay."

    July 5, 2012 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  2. Gurgyl

    ...........you can buy ad, but not vote from American middle class and poor with bain capital money!!!

    July 5, 2012 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  3. Al-NY,NY

    Go ahead Mitt....confirm to everyone that you taxed MA voters with your mandate but you call it a penalty. You said the same thing about the ACA ruling last week but now say it's a tax. I guess Rush and the rest of the talking heads gave you a good dressing down because as usual, you've changed your mind yet again.

    July 5, 2012 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  4. enuff

    Can this group come up with an original idea of their own? Or do they all sit around to see what Obama is goihg to do then copy it? what they don't realize is that i, as a voter, will be remembering that Romney will be AT the Olympics with his tax deduction horse, and attending fundraisers with the officers of Barclay's.

    July 5, 2012 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  5. v_mag

    Because of the antiquated electoral college, only 11 states matter to Rob-money. Doesn't that make anybody else mad? I'm an American, and I want my vote to count. Thanks to the electoral college, Rob-money could win the election and get fewer votes than the President, and that's wrong in a democracy. It happened in 2000, and look where that got us. Eight years of dufus GWB.

    July 5, 2012 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  6. Rudy NYC

    The job creators are doing there thing supporting the media industry.

    July 5, 2012 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  7. Dev

    great... now i cant watch the olympics without these disturbances. People are going to hate both these guys by November.

    July 5, 2012 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  8. Bootstomper

    Super PAC for a super pathetic canidate.

    July 5, 2012 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  9. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE/ConservaFASCISTS

    The ad should show Willard's horse performing dressage. Now that's what you call out of touch.

    July 5, 2012 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  10. Mikey

    @Grover – I say, old chap, that is not good cricket, dressage, like polo and sailing, is good sport... and we eat gourmet pastries when watching, not those things that the unwashed masses eat in the morning, you know, those round things with the holes and sugar or frosting on them. Now, what the heck are they called?
    Your good sport, Willard

    July 5, 2012 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  11. once upon a horse

    why should any Republicans buy an ad for the Olympics? I remember fully well when President Obama tried to get the Olympics for the US not only did the Repubs go after him for it, the right wing stood up and cheered when we lost out to Rio! They claimed it was an OBAMA LOSS! So much for what is good for our country when politics are involved.

    July 5, 2012 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  12. Fair is Fair

    "Because of the antiquated electoral college, only 11 states matter to Rob-money. Doesn't that make anybody else mad? I'm an American, and I want my vote to count. Thanks to the electoral college, Rob-money could win the election and get fewer votes than the President, and that's wrong in a democracy."
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    Well, I guess I tend to agree... but your points are true for BOTH sides of the coin you know, right? And remember – the alternative isn't pretty either. If you go by popular vote, the candidates would only campaign in population-dense areas such as NYC, LA, Chicago, etc. etc. and I'm not so certain that's a real good idea either.

    Perhaps the best solution would be a hybrid approach where the candidate gets an electoral vote for each congressional district won.... much like they do in Nebraska. If a state has 5 congressional districts (meaning 7 electoral votes) and the dem wins 3, the dem candidate gets 3, the repub gets 2 and whoever wins the popular vote of the state gets the 2 electors representing the senators from that state. Deal?

    July 5, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |