Americans for Prosperity launching major ad campaign
August 2nd, 2012
05:25 PM ET
2 years ago

Americans for Prosperity launching major ad campaign

Washington (CNN) - The conservative, nonprofit advocacy group Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is buying more than $20 million for commercials in 11 key battleground states, a Democratic ad buying source confirmed to CNN on Thursday.

The group, partially funded by the influential Charles and David Koch, is one of the major players when it comes to the ad wars this campaign season.

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The buys are being made in Colorado, Iowa, Florida, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin, according to the ad source.

The group refused to comment on the ad buy, which was first reported by NBC News.

AFP, which has spent more than $12 million this election cycle, ran ads this summer against the Obama administration's health care initiative after the Supreme Court upheld it, as well as several million dollars worth of commercials against Democratic Senate candidates in six states: Florida, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, Virginia and Wisconsin. In June it also launched a $5 million ad campaign in six states trying to capitalize on the comments made by the president that the private sector is "doing fine."

Besides AFP, other major Republican groups are expected to spend hundreds of millions of dollars. American Crossroads, co-founded by Karl Rove, and its non-profit affiliate, Crossroads GPS, are expected to raise at least $300 million this cycle, sources have told CNN, while the super PAC backing Mitt Romney, Restore Our Future, hopes to raise more than $50 million.

This comes as the Democratic-leaning super PAC Priorities USA Action had spent $15 million for the year as of the end of June, but its fund-raising is picking up. The group is reserving $30 million for ad time for the fall, sources told CNN.

– CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this story.


Filed under: 2012 • Ads • Fundraising
soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    Derpanomics: because you're too stupid to know any better.

    August 2, 2012 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  2. Bob

    Americans for Greed might be a more appropriate name!

    August 2, 2012 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  3. Lisa P

    Oh, great! More crap ads on my TV from this bunch of liars! I can hardly even watch the local news anymore.

    August 2, 2012 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  4. Bootstomper

    Obama up 10 pts in latest pew research poll.

    August 2, 2012 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  5. $20 million would fund several programs

    They'll spend $20 million (and more) so that they can get a seat in congress so that they can defund less than $20 million in programs.

    And they'll say it's PROGRESS.

    August 2, 2012 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  6. 96 Days until Obama gets RE-ELECTED !

    Derpanomics: because you're too stupid to know any better.

    August 2, 2012 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  7. tykl

    Democrats are predictably self-righteous and hypocritical. This is too easy. After my comment (where I call them out), please count the number on the Left complaining of 'special interest money' and the such supporting Republicans. These are the same people who support Obama who broke his own campaign promise last time to accept all sorts of outside money, raised the most money in Democratic or Republican campaign history, outspent McCain 3:1 and boasted of raising $1B this campaign. The Left should really check themselves before they wreck themselves.

    August 2, 2012 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  8. GOP Hate America

    how many jobs can $20 million provide Koch Bros?

    August 2, 2012 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  9. Tyrone

    Team Tabby Nackle has about as much chance of winning this election as a black elder being appointed in the salt lake Temple.

    August 2, 2012 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  10. Darryl

    I'll tell ya what, I've never seen any President in history yet who has the support this POTUS has. I know the polls show it's close but, everytime he makes a speeck he draws huge crowds and has people roaring like he's a Rock Star. The polls mabe 1 thing right now but, I'll just bet ya when the time comes and the people vote in November ? Guaranteed, they come out of the woodwork eighter the same as last time or even more so this time. He just has something about him and you can't take that away. His communication to the people comes from the heart and thats clear. He is very proud of this country and has faith in the people of it.

    August 2, 2012 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  11. Lizzie

    GOP Hate AMERICA, we know that this administration spend over 500000 a job under the so-called stimilus package. So how much did you get.

    August 2, 2012 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  12. REG in AZ

    Their goal – "prosperity" for the 1% and propaganda for the 99%.

    August 2, 2012 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  13. Jules

    Do not let a few billionaires buy control of this country. That is really what this is all about. Do you think Romney will ever be free of them if they buy him the white house? No chance. He is such a wishy washy guy, a handful of billionaires will be the puppetmasters.

    August 2, 2012 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  14. California Gary

    We don't really know if it's possible to actually buy the government.......but these Republican fat cats are sure gonna give it a try.

    August 2, 2012 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  15. g

    bank scams,wallstreet scams,housing scams,building nations scams.americans for prosperity than over the cliff

    August 2, 2012 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  16. Peggy Munro

    Do they have a candidate yet?

    August 2, 2012 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  17. Dr. Moanique Shamiqua Osafae

    The Obama campaign has spent copious amounts of money to define who Romney is before the public through the media , before Romney has had an oportunity to . Obama has given Romeny a "branding" . When the Romney machine activates , the question is , will Obama have enough money to succeed in a massive conter attack against Romney , when Romney starts to define Obama to the public ? If Obama wants to win , he needs a lot more money , the fight starts in the third week of Augest , and dosent let up till election day . Does Obama has the stamina , the soul , the money to re-re-define Romney from when Romney defines himself and defines Obama to the public ?

    August 2, 2012 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  18. ThinkAgain

    Gotta love those Koch brothers ... their father made his millions by building energy infrastructure for Joseph Stalin ... then came home and helped found the John Birch society ... now his sons are doing everything they can to turn our country into another third-world nation with a poor and desperate workforce to exploit ...

    August 2, 2012 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  19. ThinkAgain

    Americans for the Prosperity of the Richest 0.5%, is more like it ...

    BTW, 62% of American millionaires and billionaires WANT to pay more in income taxes; why isn't the GOP and all its lackeys going on about heeding "the will of the people"?!?

    August 2, 2012 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  20. Vijay

    Citizens' united bill killed Santorum, Newt, and many more. Since Romney had money to destroy them. Tea party = Koch Brothers, Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Pallin, Karl Rove and Donald Trump, Ted Nugent and many more is destroying this country in the name of smaller govt and less taxes.. we already got hurt during Bush Admin.

    August 2, 2012 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  21. Brian

    This is completely out of control. Obama is going to raise 1B and Mitt is going to raise 2B. They should both have a limit on how much they can receive, and have to completely disclose where it comes from. If for no other reason than to limit the number of political ads we all have to sit through.

    August 2, 2012 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  22. Hussein Obama Public Enemy #1

    First on CNN: Massive $77 million ad time buy for Obama

    August 2, 2012 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  23. Hussein Obama Public Enemy #1

    Through Thursday Team Obama will have spent at least $106 million in general election ads – more than twice what the Mitt Romney campaign has bought. This buy will bring his total media purchase so far this cycle to almost $190 million.

    August 2, 2012 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  24. To: tykl

    Maybe you should take a good long look in a mirror as what you say applies to the Republican Party also! The part you ignore is that during the 2008 election there were reporting rules which governed the Donation Process. But since the Right Wing Activist Supreme Court ruled against a BIPARTISAN Law governing the Donation Process and opened it up to potentially a Foreign Country Buying the Election – this is totally different than 2008! You have people like Adel$son – who said:"that he wishes he had served in the Israeli army instead of the US military and that he wants his son to grow up to “be a sniper for the IDF.” buying the Election! Like you a true American Patriot!

    August 2, 2012 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  25. degazmatic

    Aren't these the same people that were overjoyed when chicago failed to get the 2016 olympics? Really? Who is against the olympics.... These guys

    August 2, 2012 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
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