Obama’s economic record target of new ad campaign
June 24th, 2011
09:17 PM ET
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Obama’s economic record target of new ad campaign

(CNN) – An independent Republican advocacy group announced a $5 million ad buy Friday aimed at influencing Congress as it debates action on issues including deficit reduction and the economy.

Crossroads GPS, an arm of American Crossroads, will launch a national TV ad detailing “the Obama Administration’s failure to improve the economy with its $830 billion stimulus legislation and other policies,” the group said.

In the ad, entitled “Shovel Ready,” a narrator says “Obama’s $830 billion stimulus failed,” before concluding, “It’s time to take away Obama’s blank check.”

“President Obama may have inherited a recession, but his policies have made things worse for everyday Americans by running up the debt and causing economic uncertainty,” President of Crossroads GPS Steven Law said in a statement announcing the new ad.

The ad, which will air on national cable news channels and local affiliates in key voting states, is the first phase of a $20 million advocacy campaign that the organization will roll out over the next two months.

American Crossroads, which spent $70 million on the 2010 midterm elections, has pledged to raise $120 million for the 2012 election cycle.

The group drew fire from Democratic groups during the midterms for accepting funds from undisclosed donors, but several similar groups, such as former Deputy White House Press Secretary Bill Burton’s “Priorities USA,” have since been created as both sides look toward the 2012 elections.

Burton issued a statement Friday rebuking Crossroad GPS’s new initiative.

“Whether it's by running millions of dollars in negative ads about the economy or by walking away from critical economic talks in Congress, Washington Republicans are demonstrating an unwavering commitment to stopping any real progress on the economy,” Burton said.

Burton helped found Priorities USA and its affiliated Priorities USA Action after leaving the White House in order to support Obama’s reelection campaign. The groups aim to raise a combined $100 million for the 2012 election.

–CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2012 • American Crossroads • Crossroads GPS
soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. Mollybee

    So much on the part of the GOP and FOX. If it doesn't help the big guys...it's a "failure".

    June 25, 2011 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  2. GI Joe

    If these crazy groups would donate the money to the deficit instead of spreading all their lies, we wouldn't be nearly as far in debt (think two unfunded wars, unfunded tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations, unfunded drug bill aimed mostly at pouring more money into the pharmaceutical companies).

    June 25, 2011 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  3. Lynn

    I posed a question to Mr. Law when he appeared on Washington Journal re: the fact that Politifact found their ads to be half truths, or false. He had claimed that they try hard to ensure their ads are true. His response was to say the stations ran them anyway.......as if that rendered them to be true simply by being run. This one of the Rove groups,.....enough said.

    June 25, 2011 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  4. The Greedy Old Pigs are in deep denial

    Ah, the old "he made things worse" nonsense. Until the GOBPbaggers and the teatard cultists who make up the party can admit that Bush was the worse, we are talking about a group that is not living in fact-based reality. Instead they double down on the stupidity, clinging desperately to their failed policies like deregulation and tax cuts for the filthy rich. Where are the jobs you clowns?!?

    June 25, 2011 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  5. KatR

    Unless Republicans come up with some plausable, alternative ideas to those of the President very few Americans will vote for them. Just claiming that the President is 'doing it wrong' is exactly what Kerry did in 2004. And we all know that he lost his bid for president that year.

    June 25, 2011 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  6. John

    On the contrary... the Stimulus save the country!

    June 25, 2011 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  7. SecedingfromTexas

    So, by their reasoning: Under the not-so-watchful eye of a Republican dominated Congress and a Republican President
    they, too, are failures:
    1. GW Bush: Worst job creation record than any other President since these statistics began being recorded. FAIL
    2. Bush 700B stimulus plan: FAIL
    3. Unpaid-for Wars, still going on when Bush left FAIL
    4. Prescription drug plan: FAIL
    5. Debt ceiling raised every year Bush in office: 8 times FAIL
    6. Bush tax cuts created few jobs: FAIL
    7. For mandated health care, before they weren't. FAIL
    8. Against immigration reform, before the were for it. FAIL
    9. Not one spending bill vetoed by Bush for six years, when Republicans held Congress. FAIL
    We couldn't trust them then, we cannot trust them now. They FAIL.

    June 25, 2011 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  8. PaulC

    The Republican plan to cut taxes to help the economy was dis proven by the $800 billion Bush tax cut.
    Don't get me started on removing regulations on businesses, union busting and massive layoffs.

    June 25, 2011 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  9. Lou in ME

    Keep it up republicans, you're ensuring Obama's second term.

    Obama 2012!!!

    June 25, 2011 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  10. LegendRx

    Here comes the lies on top of lies. America is doomed to ground hog day . . . over and over and over again.

    June 25, 2011 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  11. logic in LA

    The hypocritical right blames a failed economic stimulus but fails top mention their part in it- the tax cut. Tax cuts only work if their is a reason to manufacture and are an outdated means of stimulus What it should have been called was a job saving bill in the first place- the money that went to the states kept millions omore form being laid off at the local level causing an even worse crisis. But they never mention that either..

    June 25, 2011 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  12. Jess C

    And the negative spin meisters amp up their rhetoric...they have plenty of money from corporations this time around, so buyer beware.
    How long does this country keep believing these liars? Their sole agenda is to do what they can to obstruct further progress on our economy so they can blame Obama for the crap box they created in the first place. They stubbornly hang on with their lives to the "no taxes" for the rich mantra with their knarly claws at the expense of the middle and lower classes. They do what they can to pad the pockets of corporations who continue to pull in record profits and hire people overseas. They have no interest in generating more jobs here in the US, not as profitable for them. Nor do they give a crap about our air & water and environment in general as evident in their push to curb the EPA. And women's health? Forget that! They care more about embryo's than they do people who have been born already and are struggling to get by everyday, even those of us to do work are worth less than we were 10 yrs. ago. Shame on the GOP...shame on anyone who votes for their ugly myopic agenda!

    June 25, 2011 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  13. Mike

    Failed stimus. Funny, but the republicans offered no alternative at the time. they had none because their failed tax cuts for the wealthy and businesses helped cause this recession. That's been their only answer to everything. Most expertx will tell you taht had Obama not reacted the way he did, our eceonomy would eb far worse off. I also remember a republican presidnet, George Bush, giving American households checks of up to $600 dolars which, as he said, would "jump start the economy". Six months later the economy tanked. He borrowed the money from China and not 1 republican spoke up against it. They share in this country's economic woes because their failed policies led to this disaster that Obama inherited. Tax cuts for the wealthy lead to the middle and lower classes paying more in taxes and for goods and services. Without re3gulations, big business can charge whatever they want, make profits that are over the top and place higher burdens on the average American. They continue to live by the motto "Do as we say, not as we do".

    June 25, 2011 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
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