GOP group launches radio ads in battle over the budget
February 23rd, 2011
10:39 AM ET
11 years ago

GOP group launches radio ads in battle over the budget

Washington (CNN) - An independent Republican group that was a major player in the midterm elections says it's going up with radio ads in 22 House districts in the battle over the federal budget.

The spots, by American Crossroads GPS, target 12 House Democrats for voting against a House Republican bill to fund the government from March through October. The ads also praise ten GOP representatives for voting in favor of the legislation. The bill, which passed Saturday by a 235 to 189 margin, basically along party lines, slashes more than $60 billion in federal funding for the seven months remaining in the 2011 fiscal year.

American Crossroads says it will spend more than $450,000 to run the ads.

"Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi spent two years on an undisciplined spending spree, and as the new Congress begins to clean up their fiscal mess, these spots will help frame the policy debate with free market, limited government solutions," American Crossroads Communications Director Jonathan Collegio tells CNN.

The fight over spending now moves to the Senate, but with President Obama already issuing a veto threat of the House bill and Senate Democratic leaders calling the cuts "extreme," the possibility of a government shutdown looms. Only nine days remain before the current resolution funding federal agencies expires.

"Rather than cut taxpayer subsidies for Big Oil, House Republicans backed dangerous cuts to American research and education, cut COPS and assistance for homeless veterans, so it's no surprise Big Oil-backed groups are coming to their aid," Jesse Ferguson, press secretary for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, told CNN in response.

The ads are American Crossroads' second big ad buy of the cycle. Earlier this month, the group spent nearly $100,000 to run radio spots in 19 House GOP districts where the DCCC went up with ads attacking those Republican lawmakers for voting to cut education and research funding.

American Crossroads, a 527 organization that must disclose its donors, and Crossroads GPS, a 501(c)(4) group, which in not required to disclose its contributors, raised more than $70 million combined in last year's midterm election cycle.

Jesse Ferguson, DCCC – "Rather than cut taxpayer subsidies for Big Oil, House Republicans backed dangerous cuts to American research and education, cut COPS and assistance for homeless veterans, so it's no surprise Big Oil-backed groups are coming to their aid."

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Districts where the ads are running:

CA-20 Costa
IA-03 Boswell
IN-02 Donnelly
KY-06 Chandler
MN-01 Walz
NM-01 Heinrich
NY-01 Bishop
NY-23 Owens
PA-12 Critz
UT-02 Matheson
ME-02 Michaud
WA-02 Larsen

IL-10 Dold
MN-08 Cravaack
NJ-03 Runyan
VA-05 Hurt
WI-07 Duffy
WV-01 McKinley
TX-23 Canseco
WA-03 Herrera-Beutler
PA-11 Barletta
NH-02 Guinta

Filed under: American Crossroads
soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. Aaron

    The billionaire Koch brothers strike again. It's obvious that they're the ones paying for all of the lie spreading. All it took was paying off a couple of crooked Supreme Court justices, and they free to pay for any political ads they want without disclosing themselves as the source.

    February 23, 2011 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  2. ConservaFascists

    "Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi spent two years on an undisciplined spending spree, and as the new Congress begins to clean up their fiscal mess, these spots will help frame the policy debate with free market, limited government solutions"

    What he fails to mention is that the President prevented another great Depression. I find it amazing how they forget to leave out that major detail. Now let's talk about wreckless spending. Tax cuts are spending bills!!! Why in the world do the wealthiest Americans deserve a tax cut when they've been receiving one for the last 10 years and didn't create any jobs. Not to mention that the Bush tax cuts were not paid for. Mr. Collegio fails to mention that as well.

    February 23, 2011 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  3. PalmReader

    I, for one, have had all I can take of GOPers telling ME and MINE that we need to *feel the pain* and *tighten our belts* while THEY continue to support the millionaires and billionaires of this country. How dare they blame ME for their own fiscal inadequacies. Enough is enough, GOPers. Ask the WalMart family if they really need 600M in yearly profits . . . rather than the 500M they normally make do with, year after year. Look up the annual corporate profits people, and then ask yourselves who does Congress really support. This isn't about the budget. This is about wealth and power . . . who controls it, who deserves it . . . and who doesn't.

    February 23, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  4. Vic of New York

    American Crossroads is an Isamic-backed sham supporting pupet Republicans in destroying American. This anti-American organization veils itself in the American Flag and pretends to be a "Conservative Mainstream" lobbying group. In fact American Crossroads is backed by oil-rich Arab shieks who front the likes of Karl Rove and are trying to subvert our American foundations.

    February 23, 2011 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  5. NVa Native

    This fascism at work. Fake "grassroots" groups created and supported by the elite and very weathy "captains of industry" using their limitless wealth handed down by family wealth (Koch Bros) to buy politicians who work for their interests and against the publics interests. That's how highly profitable oil and insurance companies get tax subsidies and goverment tax money. And that is just scratching the surface of the Republican Party's obvious mis-deeds.
    And these weak brained followers on the right (fox followers, tea-baggers, ditto-heads, etc) only want to hear what their celbrities on cable TV and 24 hour radio feed them because "fear & hate" makes them feel superior.

    February 23, 2011 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  6. Real Patriots Do MORE than Salute the flag, They educate themselves

    Shameful that they can spread lies over the airwaves. Free market and limited government solutions. So many ways to go with that one.
    First, that's what got our economy into the mess, and they want a return to it?
    Second, the Repugs emboddy limited government solutions, they never seem to have any solutions other than tax cuts tax cuts.
    Taxes are already bare bones especially if you're a Fortune 500 and a top 2%. When will these fools realize their failed plans don't work no matter how many times they wish to repeat them?
    Two unfunded wars, an unpaid for tax break for the top 2%, and an unfunded Rx plan along with free market Wall St got us into this mess. Where were the defecit hawks then? Cheney -defecits don't matter? GOP is showing political grandstanding at its worst right now.

    February 23, 2011 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  7. gt

    yea the dnc needs to understand that when gas goes back to $.4.00 a gallon we need to drill everwhere... when is this country going to learn .... you cant count on mid east oil....wake up jess....

    February 23, 2011 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  8. Jilli

    I feel sorry for the rubes stupid enough to buy the tripe the republicans keep peddling. I wonder how they dress themselves and find their way to work every day. Bless their hearts...

    Problem is, their ignorance – and votes – punish us all.

    February 23, 2011 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  9. Annie, Atlanta

    Why does the Republican party get to treat American citizens like something they need to scrape off the bottom of their shoes? I now we have a deficit problem, but it only gets them screeching when there's a Democrat in the White House. Why do we have this deficit problem? How about unjustified wars, Wall Street gaming the system. Yet Republicans protect Wall Street and refuse to cut the military industrial complex budget. Instead they go after those who could die without help. Is that the bottom line? Those of us they think worthless should just drop dead? Why haven't they been reclassified as a terrorist organization or hate group?

    February 23, 2011 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  10. Annie, Atlanta

    And I forgot to add, as Conservafascists mentioned above, those extra tax cuts for the rich. Where in the "budget" was there money for that. And what about the hostage taking measures they took to get them extended?

    February 23, 2011 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  11. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    This ad is great, it describes exactly what Bush didn't do in 8 years that left the mess President Obama has had to deal with.

    February 23, 2011 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  12. Tim

    Rep. Michael Capuano (D-Mass.) told his union thugs that it is sometimes necessary to get a little bloody when negotiating their rights. I'll wait for CNN to ask for his resignation, and for Obama to do the same.

    February 23, 2011 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  13. Tim

    The president prevented another great depression? Says who? Just like he "saved or created" millions of jobs? I can tell you what, Obama's created great depression in hundreds of millions of people.

    February 23, 2011 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  14. Former Republican, now an Independent

    The GOP can try to put a "reverse spin" on this all they want. Any American who believes these neo-con republicans have the interests of the American people in mind, are not paying attention. These politicians have sold their soul to the wealthy interests of this country and are being hugely rewarded in their campaign funds for selling out the people.

    February 23, 2011 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  15. vic nashville tn

    Who will clean the Old mess (2000 to 2008)?

    February 23, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  16. Marcus

    Mr. Collegio seems to have no problem with less cops on the streets. Perhaps because HIS neighborhood will not be affected in that case?

    February 23, 2011 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  17. B

    Another attempt by the GOP to finally destroy the middle class in this country. They own the Supreme Court and all of corporate America so the last item on their list to destroy any competition will be the labor unions.

    This country is moving Backward toward the 19th century.

    February 23, 2011 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  18. Andrew

    Fixing the deficit without really cutting the military budget is like going on vacation to Poland without really considering Spain, France, or Italy.

    February 23, 2011 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  19. Sandy

    More lies!

    Why doesn't the media call out these people!

    February 23, 2011 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  20. Spending our Way to Financial Collapse

    What he fails to mention is that the President prevented another great Depression.

    Obama prevented NOTHING but a solid recovery with his insane $800 billion disaster (aka "stimulus", "porkulus", etc.) that didn't do what they said it would do. We're now out trillions, deeper in debt and unemployment is still through the roof. This is what you get from an inexperienced community organizer that never ran anything in his life and knows nothing but government hand outs and intervention.

    February 23, 2011 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  21. AJP

    I find it amusing that the Republicans are using the air waves to spread more lies they can't back up.

    It's hard to personally take someone down using the air waves.

    Case in point, Rush L is an excellent example of one who has diareea of the mouth and uses the air waves to there full advantage.

    February 23, 2011 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  22. duke

    Its just sad that americans have become so lazy that they are unwilling to look for facts for themselves!
    The middle east,coming to a suburb near you!!

    February 23, 2011 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  23. johnmccain

    Independent republican... trying to figure this out...

    February 23, 2011 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  24. duke

    Big oil is the reason we can't get green energy programs,
    Big oil is the reason we are policing the middle east and
    Big oil is the reason for war,
    I say big oil and its supporters are a big part of the problems we face in america,
    Who would have a reason to use propaganda against tarp?(That's right)
    And have you noticed,
    How conservative the middle east has been over the last35/40 years??
    Dictators are just that,
    Shia,Sunni or republican its all the same,
    No rights for women,high unemployment,and do as I say or else!
    The middle east,
    Coming to A suburb near you!!

    February 23, 2011 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |