Americans for Prosperity launching major ad campaign
August 2nd, 2012
05:25 PM ET
11 years ago

Americans for Prosperity launching major ad campaign

Washington (CNN) - The conservative, nonprofit advocacy group Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is buying more than $20 million for commercials in 11 key battleground states, a Democratic ad buying source confirmed to CNN on Thursday.

The group, partially funded by the influential Charles and David Koch, is one of the major players when it comes to the ad wars this campaign season.

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The buys are being made in Colorado, Iowa, Florida, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin, according to the ad source.

The group refused to comment on the ad buy, which was first reported by NBC News.

AFP, which has spent more than $12 million this election cycle, ran ads this summer against the Obama administration's health care initiative after the Supreme Court upheld it, as well as several million dollars worth of commercials against Democratic Senate candidates in six states: Florida, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, Virginia and Wisconsin. In June it also launched a $5 million ad campaign in six states trying to capitalize on the comments made by the president that the private sector is "doing fine."

Besides AFP, other major Republican groups are expected to spend hundreds of millions of dollars. American Crossroads, co-founded by Karl Rove, and its non-profit affiliate, Crossroads GPS, are expected to raise at least $300 million this cycle, sources have told CNN, while the super PAC backing Mitt Romney, Restore Our Future, hopes to raise more than $50 million.

This comes as the Democratic-leaning super PAC Priorities USA Action had spent $15 million for the year as of the end of June, but its fund-raising is picking up. The group is reserving $30 million for ad time for the fall, sources told CNN.

- CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this story.

Filed under: 2012 • Ads • Fundraising
soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. jesse james. take them to street and shoot them like the dogs they are

    Karl rover you are not going to give us another bush .no way . Tell your mount to release the tax returns.

    August 2, 2012 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  2. Democrats are Commies

    Harry Reid has broken the law. He needs to be investigated by the IRS. It is illegal to disclose private tax records to anyone without permission. Cough up your supposed source Harry. While we are at it how about a investigation into Reids land deals?

    August 2, 2012 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  3. Pander Bear

    Americans (the Koch Brothers) for Prosperity (of the Koch Brothers to the exclusion of all others).

    August 2, 2012 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  4. cleareye1

    With hysterical screaming "economists" like those at NewsMax (i.e. Donald Trump) weighing down the Tea Party freaks, Romney has no chance, even if he admits he paid no Federal taxes for 10 years.

    August 2, 2012 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  5. Don Albuquerque

    American SPring gets closer every day.

    August 2, 2012 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  6. Marie MD

    And the buying of the presidency of this once great country continues. You can spend all you want in ads but everything you say or do or have said or done is taking you down to bury you back to the slime pit you came from.

    August 2, 2012 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  7. aaron

    Another round of lies from the Koch brothers and the teabaggers.

    August 3, 2012 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
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