A full year ahead of the next presidential election, the conservative group Americans for Prosperity has whipped out a $2.4-million ad campaign slamming President Obama's stimulus plan. The ads will air over the next two weeks in swing states Florida, Michigan, Virginia and New Mexico.
The ad campaign from the group, linked to the conservative Koch brothers, attacks Obama’s former support for the solar company Solyndra, which declared bankruptcy this year after receiving $528 million in government loans.
One ad starts with audio of Obama praising companies such as Solyndra as “the true engine of economic growth.” It ends by accusing the president of giving Solyndra preferential treatment because one of its shareholders was a major campaign fundraiser for him in the last presidential election.
“Risking billions of taxpayer dollars to help his political donors. Is this the change we are supposed to believe in?” says the ad, after flashing images of internal White House emails and newspaper headlines about the scandal.