One of the biggest outside spenders in the 2012 election has turned its focus to the "fiscal cliff" debate.
Crossroads GPS, the conservative nonprofit founded in part by GOP strategist Karl Rove, released a new ad Wednesday slamming President Obama's opening bid in the negotiations to avert year-end tax increases and spending cuts. The spot says the president's plan -- which closely hews to his 2013 budget proposal -- offers "a huge tax increase" and "no real spending reforms."
The ad is to run on national cable networks for one week starting Thursday.
The $500,000 buy marks the reemergence of a group that had been a fixture on the airwaves in the run-up to the 2012 election. Crossroads GPS spent at least $71 million on ads for the election cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Because it is a nonprofit, it does not disclose its donors.
Its sister organization, the "super PAC" American Crossroads, spent nearly $105 million in the 2012 season. Its donors, who are disclosed to the Federal Election Commission, are among the biggest donors in the Republican Party, including Houston homebuilder Bob Perry and Dallas investor Harold Simmons.