Once-controversial super PAC releases first presidential ads
September 26th, 2012
04:20 PM ET
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Once-controversial super PAC releases first presidential ads

(CNN) – A super PAC that came under fire this year over a controversial ad campaign proposal will begin running its first television ads this presidential cycle on Thursday.

The Ending Spending Action Fund spent $1.5 million on the ad buy, which features former supporters of President Barack Obama who now plan to vote for Mitt Romney.

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In May, the group made headlines for reportedly considering an ad campaign that would link Obama to fiery comments made by his former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr.

Then candidate-Obama faced criticism in 2008 when video of Wright's race-related remarks dominated the political news cycle. Obama was forced to distance himself from his former reverend.

The super PAC, backed by billionaire Joe Ricketts, rejected the Wright ad proposal, saying Ricketts neither authored nor funded the proposal and that it was one of "several submitted" to the PAC by third-party vendors.

"It reflects an approach to politics that Mr. Ricketts rejects and it was never a plan to be accepted but only a suggestion for a direction to take," Brian Baker said in a statement.

However, news of the pitch quickly spread and some Republicans disparaged the plan, including Mitt Romney.

"I repudiate that effort. I think it's the wrong course for a PAC or a campaign," Romney told reporters in Jacksonville, Florida at the time.

Now out with its first television ads, the Ending Spending Action Fund takes an approach that focuses on those who have abandoned their support for the president. In the first ad, a 30-second spot, former Rep. Artur Davis of Alabama talks about why he left Obama's column.

"This year I'm casting my vote for someone who can fix the problems facing us. That's Mitt Romney," says Davis, who's been a top surrogate for Romney's campaign.

A separate 60-second ad puts the spotlight on three women who offer their main points of concern with the president.

"I didn't feel he was doing enough to unite the country," says a woman identified as Connie F.

Another woman, Jodi C., adds: "He has failed to address my two most important things, which are debt and divisiveness."

The group says the ads will run nationwide for two weeks on cable, including CNN, and mark the first part of a series of commercials this fall.


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  1. Milton K. Wiah

    Who cares whom this man is supporting. We have so many whites who are supporting the president from their
    hearts and not Davis who is doing this because he failed in his political journey in a red state as a democrat.
    The question is had Davis succeeded to be re-elected was he going to support Mitt, the answer is NO.

    September 26, 2012 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  2. truth hurts

    yeah.... nothing gets the lefties more excited and vile than watching one of their own finally wake up and see the real world, especially a former black Congressman.

    So all you clowns think Obama is going to get all of the same people voting for him again after 4 years of failure and still record unemployment and record debt???

    Any young person is crazy to vote for him because of all the debt he is laying on them and forcing them to buy healthcare to subsidize others.

    Any old person is crazy to vote for him because he's raided Medicare to pay for Obamacare.

    Any taxpaying American is crazy to vote for him because he won't cut spending and just wants to raise taxes (21 new taxes in Obamacare alone).

    Any person that wants a job is crazy to vote for him because he's proven himself clueless about the private sector and job creation.

    September 26, 2012 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  3. GaryB

    Interesting they woiuld think that the Republicans are the solution to debt and divisiveness. 2003-early 2007, Republicans controlled both houses of congress and the presidency. Debt skyrocketed. Yes, the Obama administration engaged in extensive borrowing during their first year, you know doing things like saving the auto industry and propping up state and local governments (a lot of which, lets be honest were red states). What did we get for the massive debt generated during Republican rule? Big tax breaks for the ultra-wealthy, symbolic (ie measely) tax breaks for the middle class, and an unnecessary war in Iraq. As for divisiveness... listen to how Mitt Romney truly feels about non millionaires, and tell who's being divisive.

    September 26, 2012 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  4. kayla

    and you think we will listen to another uncle tom?

    September 26, 2012 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  5. Lisa P

    truth hurts

    yeah.... nothing gets the lefties more excited and vile than watching one of their own finally wake up and see the real world, especially a former black Congressman...

    September 26, 2012 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm
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    Interesting. So now that he's supporting a Republican he is no longer black? Quite the worldview you have there.

    September 26, 2012 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  6. California Gary

    Right you are GaryB.......voting for Republicans because you are concerned about debt and divisiveness is like hiring an arsonist because you are concerned about fires. There is no logic to their argument.......

    September 26, 2012 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  7. Low key

    Just call it like it is people we are divided nation based on party lines and prejudice. If its black its bad if its white it's right. Ameicans are like crabs in a barrel they keep pulling each other down. That is why there is no support in the gov. Senate or House they are crab cakes. LOL People think that Romney will do better he won't he will just have the support of the Republicans as support to the President, unlike the current issue they oppose everything he does? Why is that? We know why. LOL Democrats and Repulicans have worked accross party lines before but the one thing no one has done before is work accross racial parties as the President before. Go ahead say it aint true anybody?

    September 26, 2012 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  8. Low key

    Mittens the Kitten wants to lead the country but he is not leading by example. Produce those 10 years of taxes. He won't because he is not a leader he is a straight bussiness man period. He is only looking at the bottom line/dollar. What can I get out of being the president? He don't care about the 47%, he wants you to borrow money from your parents like he did, and his kids do. He wants you to think he cares about the rest of the nation but its just a prestigious position to him. If a Black guy can do it I can do it too and better. that is his line of thinking.

    September 26, 2012 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  9. GS

    I disagree with your portrayal of Mr. Davis as having once been a supporter of Obama. I live in the district that elected him and I followed his votes every week in the Tuscaloosa News. When I asked him why he voted against Obamacare he said it wasn't as good as it could be. Good riddance to him.

    September 26, 2012 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  10. once upon a horse

    @ truth hurts..
    A former black congressman? You mean he's NOT black anymore? Please explain.

    September 26, 2012 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  11. jinx88

    How many Super Pacs do the Repukes have? Geeesh I quess its all for nothing since Obama is dragging Mittens from state to state in the polls. LMAO.

    September 26, 2012 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  12. jinx88

    @ truth hurts – Sounds like "truth hurts" cause reality is sinking in that Obama will get "4 more years". LMAO

    September 26, 2012 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  13. Confused

    I voted for Obama last time, but now I'm voting for Romney because I don't like XXX and YYY.

    See how easy that was to write? Its not true, but it was easy to write and someone will believe me.

    September 26, 2012 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  14. Kathleen Farrell

    Truth hurts... what do you mean by "one of their own?" I'm a middle-aged, white married woman, professional,with 2 grown kids... Is "one of my own" running? I really wanted to get "excited" and "vile" and it appears I'm only "you people."

    September 26, 2012 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  15. Facts don't Lie

    this guy really cracked me up when he claimed he left the Democrats because "there was no room there for a moderate like him" so he became a Republican....where moderates are going the way of the dodo bird. This guy just wanted some attention and he wasn't getting it from the Obama side so he left......let's see him get some of that GOP love Republicans like to give to minorities. Unless you're a right wing nutjob like Allen West he may windup being treated like Mike Steele.

    September 26, 2012 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  16. Facts don't Lie

    @truth

    your comment about former black congressman reminded me of when a reporter asked former Washington QB Doug Williams how long he had been a black quarterback.......think much before you post?

    September 26, 2012 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  17. n

    This no good ran as Democrat but lost so now he wants to be Republican and loss again what a losser.

    September 26, 2012 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  18. Thomas

    "This year I'm casting my vote for someone who can fix the problems facing us. That's Mitt Romney," says Davis, who's been a top surrogate for Romney's campaign.

    Go ahead , you already support Rick Santorum and Jim DeMint Endorse , Todd Akin !

    September 26, 2012 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  19. racegirl1

    If rich white people think blacks will listen to Uncle Toms they are so wrong. We would no more listen to them than vote for teacup republican.

    September 26, 2012 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  20. Willie Floyd

    LOW KEY
    You hit it just right. All those old white men can't stand that a smarter than them black man beat them.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    September 26, 2012 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  21. Big Al

    In 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 6 months into 2009 I was fully employed. Since September 2009 I've been fully unemployed. Hope and Change have not paid my mortgage, my car note, or my grocery bills. Bulls- does not put food on the table, clothes on my back, gas in my car, or a roof over my head. If Romney had done this to me and the rest of this nation, then, Romney would have to be replaced just like Obama gotta be replaced.

    September 26, 2012 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  22. The Real Tom Paine

    -truth hurts
    yeah.... nothing gets the lefties more excited and vile than watching one of their own finally wake up and see the real world, especially a former black Congressman.

    So all you clowns think Obama is going to get all of the same people voting for him again after 4 years of failure and still record unemployment and record debt???

    Any young person is crazy to vote for him because of all the debt he is laying on them and forcing them to buy healthcare to subsidize others.

    Any old person is crazy to vote for him because he's raided Medicare to pay for Obamacare.

    Any taxpaying American is crazy to vote for him because he won't cut spending and just wants to raise taxes (21 new taxes in Obamacare alone).

    Any person that wants a job is crazy to vote for him because he's proven himself clueless about the private sector and job creation.
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    Anyone who would back Romney is clearly mentally unstable. Romney has run for the office for over 5 years, and has yet to produce any ideas that are original-wait, didn't he implement that GOP idea, the Individual Mandate, the one that Roberts voted to uphold? You lose, again. Hope you have plenty of meds for after November.

    September 26, 2012 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  23. IVOTE

    Aturo Davis....Alabama...Enough Said.

    September 26, 2012 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  24. Common Sensus

    Uhh...Mr. Davis, the eighties called....they want their high-top fade haircut back...

    September 26, 2012 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  25. af

    YOU ARE RIGTH DAVIS, BECAUSE ROMNEY GIVES PAY YOU, FOR YOUR VOTE OBAMA DIN'T. Dvis should say: in 2008 he sold his vote for Obama but this year he will sale it to Romney for more cash

    September 26, 2012 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
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