Once-controversial super PAC releases first presidential ads
September 26th, 2012
04:20 PM ET
8 years ago

Once-controversial super PAC releases first presidential ads

(CNN) - A super PAC that came under fire this year over a controversial ad campaign proposal will begin running its first television ads this presidential cycle on Thursday.

The Ending Spending Action Fund spent $1.5 million on the ad buy, which features former supporters of President Barack Obama who now plan to vote for Mitt Romney.

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In May, the group made headlines for reportedly considering an ad campaign that would link Obama to fiery comments made by his former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr.

Then candidate-Obama faced criticism in 2008 when video of Wright's race-related remarks dominated the political news cycle. Obama was forced to distance himself from his former reverend.

The super PAC, backed by billionaire Joe Ricketts, rejected the Wright ad proposal, saying Ricketts neither authored nor funded the proposal and that it was one of "several submitted" to the PAC by third-party vendors.

"It reflects an approach to politics that Mr. Ricketts rejects and it was never a plan to be accepted but only a suggestion for a direction to take," Brian Baker said in a statement.

However, news of the pitch quickly spread and some Republicans disparaged the plan, including Mitt Romney.

"I repudiate that effort. I think it's the wrong course for a PAC or a campaign," Romney told reporters in Jacksonville, Florida at the time.

Now out with its first television ads, the Ending Spending Action Fund takes an approach that focuses on those who have abandoned their support for the president. In the first ad, a 30-second spot, former Rep. Artur Davis of Alabama talks about why he left Obama's column.

"This year I'm casting my vote for someone who can fix the problems facing us. That's Mitt Romney," says Davis, who's been a top surrogate for Romney's campaign.

A separate 60-second ad puts the spotlight on three women who offer their main points of concern with the president.

"I didn't feel he was doing enough to unite the country," says a woman identified as Connie F.

Another woman, Jodi C., adds: "He has failed to address my two most important things, which are debt and divisiveness."

The group says the ads will run nationwide for two weeks on cable, including CNN, and mark the first part of a series of commercials this fall.

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soundoff (56 Responses)
  1. The Real Tom Paine

    So, a disgruntled former congressman who failed in his bid to become Governor is to be believed? People with first names and last initials, this is their idea of credible former supporters? There is nothing in these ads that tells someone why Romney is a better choice, other than the fact Obama could not clean up 3 decades of conservative mistakes in 4 years. This will not convince someone on the fence.

    September 26, 2012 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  2. Swing State

    Reeking of desperation. All these complaints can be traced back to Grand Obstructionist Party (GOP).

    September 26, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  3. truth hurts

    Very good approach. There are a LOT of former Obama voters that will NOT vote for this collosal failure again. Only the braindead kool aide drinkers are on board for another 4 years of failure.

    September 26, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  4. Patriot Awesome

    "If you vote against Obama because he can't get stuff done, it's kind of like saying 'This guy can't cure cancer. I'm gonna vote for cancer.'"

    – Chris Rock

    September 26, 2012 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  5. mollyburger

    Does the party that comes out immediately after Obama has won the 1st term, and says their number one priority for the next 4 years is not to fix the economy, not to help lower the deficit etc.. but to ensure that Obama does not win a 2nd term, really have things correct by saying Obama cause divisivness? The party that wants to invade women's body's, the party that does not support equal pay for equal work for women, the party that has members talking about 'legitimate' rape, the party that is spending close to $1B on campaigns, the party that is putting voter suppression in place in Republican lead states.. Really? Idiots.. plain and simple.

    September 26, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  6. the situation

    Wright! This Benedict Arnold is just bitter that he lost in 2010. Too Bad this sap will on the losing side once again!


    September 26, 2012 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  7. Nuance

    @truth hurts
    Just like those braindead kool aide drinkers that voted for both Bush terms.....

    September 26, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  8. rla

    Sounds like the Obama FRAUDS are in a tizzy !!!!

    September 26, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  9. the situation

    truth hurts
    Very good approach. There are a LOT of former Obama voters that will NOT vote for this collosal failure again. Only the braindead kool aide drinkers are on board for another 4 years of failure.

    September 26, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |

    Your beyond delusional. I just hope you have the grapefruits to return on this board on November 7 after Mitt the Twit and Lying Ryan goes down in a blaze of fire in defeat!

    September 26, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  10. Ann W

    I don't believe we are all brain dead kool-aid drinkers. Mr. Romney runs from questions and says he will figure it out when he gets in office. This is not a healthy answer or approach on how you run a country. I am sure he didn't do this when he was a businessman. I am certain he had a plan, knew how to execute it and was quite clear what direction he wanted to go. I find his interviews stilted and useless. I know nothing more about this man than I did six months ago, except that his voice is starting to annoy me.

    September 26, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  11. the situation

    BTW: Please tell this fool, box cuts is so 1990!

    September 26, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  12. maf

    @truth – yet there are many, many more disillusioned Republicans who will switch sides this election and vote Democrat.
    The platform for this version of the GOP has done more to harm American greatness than support it.

    September 26, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  13. Kef14

    Mind blowing. Billionaire looking to benefit from tax breaks putting out dumb ads to support Romney? Who would have ever thought such a thing would happen...

    September 26, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  14. Namejkane sfl a vote for the gop will cut your moms medicare and soc sec .can you afford to pay for them???

    Good luck with that ,romney the tax cheat and lyin Ryan already lost ,see you Nov 7,
    Party !!!!!!

    September 26, 2012 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  15. Terri

    @truth hurts you are such a fool..your posts are juvenile and totally off-key – you my dearest are the "kool aide" drinker – the president is winning in every poll by almost 10 pts. except the ridiculous repub rasmuessen.

    September 26, 2012 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  16. BostonianNTheWoodlandsTX

    truth hurts

    Very good approach. There are a LOT of former Obama voters that will NOT vote for this collosal failure again. Only the braindead kool aide drinkers are on board for another 4 years of failure.

    September 26, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |


    Beacuse the 8 years prior were a SMASHING sucess right ? A run up on debt to the tune of 10-12 TRILLION dollars,a 4 TRILLION dollar tax cut NOT for you, two wars, borrowed money from China, the drafting up TARP, and the Wall Street meltdown.

    Yes Truth Hurts, the years prior to Obama were so much better. Do you hear yourself as you type out that dribble and denial ?

    September 26, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  17. rosaadriana

    I want to see them play this ad in Alabama, there will be a lot of TVs with tomatoes on them. Davis is nothing but a whiny sore loser. The GOP deserves him.

    September 26, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  18. rosaadriana

    Debt and divisiveness?! The GOP perfected those two things and she is mad that Obama didn't clear it up in four years. Yikes, get a grip on reality lady.

    September 26, 2012 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  19. ddblah

    It's a pity. The most important concern is economy. Debt is the most important concern of teaparty.

    September 26, 2012 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  20. ConsiderThis, FL

    Artur Davis is a book-smart man. His character is questionable. He's also foolish to think that Romney feels about him the same way that he's pretending to feel about Romney. What a joke. Two peas in a pod. Maybe Davis wants a job?????

    September 26, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |

    To me, this is an election between doctors and cancer
    so the voter says "this doctor can't cure cancer fast enough
    "SO, I am going to vote for cancer"

    September 26, 2012 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    "There are a LOT of former Obama voters "

    Oh really? Is that why PACs, Mittens and other GOP/Teatroll candidates' campaigns, like Lingle (Hawaii), have had to resort to using staff people from their own campaigns and the RNC to appear in their advertisements claiming that they are "former Obama supporters who are ever so disappointed blah blah blah yadda yadda ding dong"? People who have demonstrable records of never supporting Obama and long histories of supporting the GOP? One would think that if it was actually raining "disappointed former Obama voters" as the GOP desperately wants everyone to believe, then they would make a whole parade of advertisements featuring REAL ONES in order to present a credible argument. Instead, they have to fake it. Why? Because Mittens and the rest of the GOP/Teatrolls CAN'T RUN ON THE TRUTH.

    September 26, 2012 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  23. ja

    people are hoodwinked daily davis, is no exception, look at that 2012 haircut, fellow has his head in the sand

    September 26, 2012 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  24. Pander Bear

    As we draw closer to President Obama's re-election we're going to see more desperate lying coming from the Conservatives. Get ready for 4 more years of intractable whining from the Right Wingnuts.

    September 26, 2012 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  25. John

    Florida has Allen West and Alabama has Artur Davis. Two crazy peas in a pod.

    September 26, 2012 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
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