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. WiredweirdinSF

    There is so much more they could use. Just yesterday, the Social Security and Medicare report. An in depth analysis of the Medicare Advantage program and how and why the Obozo regime is killing it and who will benefit when it is dead. The energy problem and its causes. The pro labor moves that are killing education and business in this country.

    April 24, 2012 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  2. Scott S.

    "Non-profit Republican?" That's an oxymoron if I've ever heard one!!

    April 24, 2012 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  3. jayindenver

    "Shouldn't someone be in charge?"

    Certainly not the party that spent like drunken sailors from 2000-2008. "Fool me twice, shame on...shame on....You can't get fooled again!"

    April 24, 2012 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  4. king

    These repubs and their dirty oil producing friends are killing off this planet. They yell about supply and demand is what raising oil prices, when China and the world is using less oil because of green energy. The reason why oil is going up and down with the stock market is because they are being traded as a commodity and not ad a necesssity. Big oil is using the repubs to manipulate the gullible so that they can keep on skiing the American people. Atleast this president is fighting like hell to maintain our country with green energy and protect our earth. This is a fight that is impossible to win but atleast he's trying like hell.

    April 24, 2012 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Negative ads are going to backfire on the candidates they intend to support. Especially those from the outside groups.

    April 24, 2012 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  6. JuanVonDinklus

    Gotta love politics and the media – where truth doesn't matter, only fear, greed, power, and control.

    April 24, 2012 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  7. vic , nashville ,tn

    Illegal immigration hits net zero and AL Qaeda disappearing (hits net zero)
    Both grow under republican president and republican government

    April 24, 2012 09:24 am at 9:24 am |

    Puerile much? Grow up, GOP.

    April 24, 2012 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  9. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    Yawn! Wake me up when they drag in the Secret Service.

    April 24, 2012 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  10. Larry L

    Republicans have no platform – except kill Social Security and Medicare and give the rich big tax breaks. The "swift boat" dirty politics is all they've got.

    April 24, 2012 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  11. Gimmeabreak!

    Yes, bring it to him!

    April 24, 2012 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  12. DIANA

    Obama only needs to say twothings – Auto bailout and Bin Laden.

    April 24, 2012 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  13. Jess C

    Yes, the clowns are certainly going to play their negativity game in full force. It's all they have, very sad. The impression this gives the rest of the world is that we are a bunch of immature idiots. We need to all look in the mirror. What about sticking to your NEW ideas to solve our problems, GOP? Oh, that's right, you don't have any so this is all you got. Again, sad & pathetic.

    April 24, 2012 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  14. Sniffit

    There isn't enough YAWN on the planet for these goofs. The program that Solyndra was a part of is more successful than predicted. Cherry-picking the Solyndra issue just beacuse it's most prominent in everyone's minds, thanks to the "liberal" MSM latching onto controversy like a lamprey instead of trying to actually inform people, is an argument of convenience.

    When will you be doing the story that puts it all in context and talks about the larger program of which Solyndra was just a part, CNN? Never? Can't let that controversy die or get blunted by facts, etc.?

    April 24, 2012 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  15. jake1969

    The GSA stuff way pre-dates Obama. I know the conference was in 2010...but that infamous annual Vegas bash started years earlier, under Bush. However, I don't blame Bush either. The President simply does not know details that low down the chain. It's up to the regional managers really. Just a fact of scale.

    And, Solyndra...c'mon, this was part of an alternative energy effort. The whole idea is to try to help businesses that wouldn't normally be profitable in the current market to be able to penetrate the market with government help and the notion is it brings an overall benefit to society. Anytime that effort is undertaken there's going to be failures. But, if we never took chances on technology out of fear of failure, we wouldn't be the country we are (we wouldn't have advanced weapons systems, we never would've gone into space in any manner, since the internet itself spawned from a Naval R&D project, we may not even have the internet yet...).

    But, this is politics. This is where all those millions and billions in campaign spending go - to useless commercials... Talk about wasting money, imagine if all the millions spent on pathetic campaigns in this country went to charities instead...

    April 24, 2012 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  16. Marcus Simpson

    Let's see Obama blame Bush for Solyndra and the GSA Clown Show in Vegas....especially after he raised hell with private industry for taking junkets to Vegas....despite those trips being done on private money and not Tax Money...and were absolutely legal unlike the GSA trips. Obama wants to raise taxes....but despite his promises to cut spending and ferret out fraud, waste, and took Conservative Media and the GAO to expose it.

    Vote Bozo out of office in November folks! We cannot afford more wasteful spending by Obama and his cronies on his donors.....all that spending is part of the 1.2 Trillion Dollars of deficit spending being done by the Federal Government....which the Taxpayers are going to have to pay off someday. Can your children and grand children afford it?

    April 24, 2012 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  17. Paul1st

    Looks like the ads are intended to be a pie in the face for Obama. This election cycle, I doubt anyone in either party will pause for a nanosecond to think whether their message has even the tiniest bit of truth. The real obscenity this year will be the billions spent on divisive muckraking. Of course, both parties can also tout how many (campaign-related) jobs they created!

    April 24, 2012 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  18. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Yeah Republicans, while you're at it, let's talk about how much Newt and Callisa Gingrich are costing taxpayers because he refuses to drop out.

    April 24, 2012 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  19. Marty

    Bye Obama !

    April 24, 2012 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  20. Joy!

    Bush's Biggest Donors Had Links to Enron
    "Enron contributed $736,800 to George W. Bush over the past eight years, his single largest contributor. Many are looking for a smoking gun that will link Enron, directly, to specific favors. They want to see what specific decisions Enron bought. It is possible that such decisions will be uncovered, the evidence supplied." Huck Gutman

    April 24, 2012 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  21. Anderson

    And it's Obama's fault that the sun set in the west. Also don't forget to blame him for the sky being blue.

    April 24, 2012 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  22. Former Republican, now an Independent

    The republicans have no real platform to run on other than the ones Karl Rove and the super PACs are inventing. They are definitely grabbing at straws.

    April 24, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  23. GI Joe

    Get real - President Obama cannot micro-manage thousands of Civile Service Depts., each with tens of thousands employees.

    Kinda like asking $ara Palin to keep her girls from getting pregnant.

    Or Mitt Romney to oversee stealing jobs from Americans and closing their companies. Oh wait.......................

    April 24, 2012 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  24. Stop the Charade

    Not really big issues to discerning voters. I woudl be more interested in knowing who is behind the propoganda machine called Amererican Future Fund. My guess is that it is more of the upper 1% who can now take the tax dollars they savethrough tax cuts and, through the magic of GOP jucicial activism in the case of Citizens United, use that money to buy elections.

    April 24, 2012 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  25. Paula

    Yes (GOP) this is funny, even for you.

    April 24, 2012 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
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