Ad uses Solyndra and GSA to bring it to Obama
April 24th, 2012
08:32 AM ET
11 years ago

Ad uses Solyndra and GSA to bring it to Obama

(CNN) – A non-profit Republican organization is poised to run $2 million worth of ads in battleground states attacking President Barack Obama for controversies involving tax payer dollars, according to the group.

The minute-long spot from American Future Fund will begin airing in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio and Virginia on Wednesday and ties the president to the now bankrupt energy company Solyndra and spending by the General Services Administration.

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"On Tax Day, did you ask yourself, how exactly does President Obama spend your tax dollars? Billions in hand outs to green energy companies like Solyndra, which went bankrupt, sending jobs overseas or were risky from the start," the narrator in the spot says. "Now, we learn that a federal agency spent nearly a million dollars on their lavish Vegas conference complete with clowns and mind readers."

"Shouldn't someone be in charge?" the narrator concludes.

Florida will be most heavily targeted with $600,000 worth of ads expected in the state's expensive media markets. At least $200,000 will be funneled into Ohio and $157,000 into Mitt Romney's native Michigan.

AFF Founder Nick Ryan said government should make the tough decisions currently facing families across the country.

"Tales of Vegas parties, mind readers and Hawaiian junkets are a huge slap in the face to American taxpayers," Ryan said in a statement. "Many Americans are making tough decisions by paying their taxes or paying bills, buying groceries and medicine."

The second round of ads from the conservative group that does not disclose its donors marks the first national ad campaign to highlight the GSA spending scandal and one in a series of spots to use the failed clean-energy company Solyndra as an example of wasting taxpayer money.

News of the ads was first reported by POLITICO.

- CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2012 • Ads • President Obama
soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Emerson

    The picture shows what the GOP thinks of the American voter – a bunch of five year olds who listen to clowns.

    April 24, 2012 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  2. Robert

    I am personally offended by these types of attacks. Where were these people when Bush/Cheney were pi$$ing billions down a rat hole called Halliburton? Solyndra was a gamble in research into new energy sources. Over half of these fail, but they contribute information that allows future efforts to succeed. Government waste at GSA pales in comparison to waste in the form of earmarks requested and approved by House Republicans under Bush. As far as debt, that is on the previous administration also. The Wall Street Bailout would not have been necessary if Bush/Cheney had not sold our country up the river to fund their Iraq war.

    April 24, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  3. Four and The Door

    Although these are hardly the largest examples of how the Obama Administration has squandered federal tax dollars, the message from these activities should resonate well with voters. Whatever gets that point across, that is a key point. This is not Monopoly dollars we are sending the federal government. We work hard for this money and we sacrifice things we need to pay our taxes. American taxpayers expect the federal government to be as careful with the money we send them as we are with the money we are left with after taxes.

    Romney 2012 and as many Republican Senators as we can vote into office.

    April 24, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  4. No One In Particular

    "On Tax Day, did you ask yourself, how exactly does President Obama spend your tax dollars?" No, I asked how does Congress spend my tax dollars since they not the President have the power of the purse!

    April 24, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  5. Etch-a-Sketch Mitt Is Soo Plastic he Makes Mannequins Looks Real

    stupid ad!....what a waste of $2 million dollars by Karl Rove and the Koch Brothers for ads that doesn't make any sense!!!!

    April 24, 2012 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  6. Stephen in VA

    Yeah, that's useful. Dress up like a clown and talk down about the President. Your constituency will love it. Us Indies will be reminded who the actual clowns are, meanwhile. And who is it that actually decides national elections in this country? Hint: it's not the (D) voters, nor the (R) voters.


    April 24, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
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