$1 million ad buy ties Romney to big oil
April 25th, 2012
06:00 AM ET
11 years ago

$1 million ad buy ties Romney to big oil

(CNN) – Mitt Romney is the "$200 million man" who is "in the tank for big oil," according to a new television advertisement being aired by committees supporting President Barack Obama's reelection.

The two groups - pro-Obama super PAC Priorities USA Action and the League of Conservation Voters Victory Fund - purchased $1 million in airtime for the ad in Colorado and Nevada, the groups announced Wednesday.

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"Big oil's fingerprints are all over him," the ad says, pointing to reports that conservative groups - including Americans for Prosperity, backed by the wealthy brothers Charles and David Koch - plan to spend $200 million in support of electing Romney.

Responding to the ad, Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul said Americans are paying "twice as much" at the pump now than before Obama took office.

“President Obama and his allies will do whatever they can to try to deflect blame and cover up for Obama’s failure to control gas prices. Blaming Mitt Romney for President Obama’s failed record on energy and the economy will do nothing to help the household budget squeeze Americans are facing," Saul said in a statement.

Priorities ended March with $5 million cash on hand, and the LCV Victory Fund with $360,000, according to April Federal Election Commission filings.

A different conservative group, Crossroads GPS, on Tuesday announced a $1.2 million buy targeted at U.S. Senate races in Missouri, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, and Virginia.

- CNN's Wolf Blitzer and John King contributed to this report

Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Priorities USA
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Kate

    Big money and corporations are the components of Mitt's DNA

    April 25, 2012 06:07 am at 6:07 am |
  2. Marie MD

    They left out $50M and whatever else he is hiding overseas (just like the jobs he destroyed here in the US).
    If it makes money, the flip flopper's handprints are all over it. Just like the shrub and his family and their oil money.

    April 25, 2012 06:20 am at 6:20 am |
  3. Little Jimmy Truth

    BP spill says Hello.

    April 25, 2012 06:24 am at 6:24 am |
  4. Kemikal

    Why give your vote to a candidate who's uber wealthy and knows not the troubles of average Americans? I'm not a Republican (Not anymore anyway), but there is no way this guy can relate to the issues that plague Americans (Republican or Democrat). All you have to do is listen. Republicans are so focused on trying to make President Obama a one term president that they can't focus on REAL issues. All I'm saying is open your eyes and clean out your ears! Read in-between the lines people. I don't like all of Pres. Obama's policies, but I do believe he is still the best person for the job. Think about it; they don't like him because he is not one of them!!

    April 25, 2012 06:53 am at 6:53 am |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Last night, Mittens asked if we are better off than we were 4 years ago. In April of 2008, gasoline was over $3.25 a gallon on its way to over $4 a gallon, the market was about to begin its free fall to 7000, we had lost over 6 million jobs of the eventual 8 million under Bush, we were in two unfunded wars, the economy was 'cratering,' and al Qaeda leadership was pretty much in tact. How could any one not think we are now better off now? Every thing positive that has happened in the last three and a half years has been without a single republican vote. Vote Obama 2012.

    April 25, 2012 06:55 am at 6:55 am |
  6. GI Joe

    Interesting. I'll have to do my OWN digging into this one.

    April 25, 2012 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
  7. weR4freedom

    I will take Romney any day over our current failed administration!

    Believe in America! Vote Mitt Romney 2012/2016.

    April 25, 2012 07:08 am at 7:08 am |
  8. Larry

    R-Money is tied to any millionaire/billionaires. "Corporations are people" candidate would sell his wife for an endorsement.

    April 25, 2012 07:14 am at 7:14 am |
  9. king

    Day, who is surprised that mitten is leading the destruction on mother earth. Hey he wants to drill baby drill, and send up more artificial carbon and muck choking the environment. They will block the future of clean energy and send subliminal messages to the gullible in society to speed up the death of man existance. Obama is going against a jugganaut, that he's not equipt to fight. Power means controlling the masses way of thinking, they own the media. what they do, they let the people believe they're the under dogs, so not to raise any suspicions, by saying the media is against then. How can you say the media that you own is against you. You are the ones that approve what the media does. This is how powerful these guys are with mind games. This mix of mind games and a very gullible electorate, put Obama in a bad situation trying to fight this kind of power. All Obama has to rely on, are gouge like me who blogs reality.

    April 25, 2012 07:17 am at 7:17 am |
  10. kathy smelser

    with 6 years of material ...and at least 6 different Mitts ...this is going to be the best Blooper show in a long time

    April 25, 2012 07:18 am at 7:18 am |
  11. Randall -- God's chosen one

    I don't see what the big deal is. I mean, SOMEONE has to be the handmaiden of BIG OIL. Why not Romney?

    Romney has already established with his Bain Capital dealings that he has no morals or even a soul so he's the perfect candidate to represent the interests of BIG OIL.

    If it has not already been suggested, I'd like to propose he use the slogan - "Mitt Romney - He'll say ANYTHING (for the right price)!"

    April 25, 2012 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
  12. S. B. Stein E.B. NJ

    He has a lot of money so it isn't a huge surprise he connected to oil. He is also for big business so that is another reason for him to be for oil. It also seems that he has no imagination so he would never think to develop other sources of energy. This is necessary for the future of the country and the world.

    April 25, 2012 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
  13. Flipper Rmoney Failure Ahead

    Yup, good ole Rmoney is owned by Big Oil, Wall St., Big Pharma and the entire neocon ,military-industrial industry. He symbolizes much of what's wrong with America, especially the GOBP cult's constant grinding corruption and catering only to the greedy without caring for the greedy.

    April 25, 2012 07:30 am at 7:30 am |
  14. Pedro

    Amazing to know that people don't see the republicans are all about rich to get richer.
    I am afraid it will be back as was with Bush.

    April 25, 2012 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  15. Wake up people

    Game on Robmey!

    OBAMA 2012!

    April 25, 2012 07:52 am at 7:52 am |