December 5, 2012 |
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.
November 8, 2012 |
Conservative guru Karl Rove accused President Obama's campaign Thursday of “suppressing the vote,” placing the blame on the incumbent and partially on Mitt Romney's own efforts for the results of Tuesday's election. Appearing on Fox News, where he enthusiastically contested the network's call of Ohio in favor of Obama earlier in the week, Rove said that Obama had “succeeded by suppressing the vote,” particularly by denigrating “Romney's character, business acumen, experience.” Rove's remarks come after a recent outcry from voices on the left that Republicans were attempting to suppress the vote though voter ID initiatives in vital states such as Pennsylvania and Florida . Turnout for this year's election, as evaluated by exit polls conducted by Edison Media Research, dropped for the first time since 1996, falling from an estimated peak of 131 million in 2008 to 129 million, though growing turnout among several minority groups proved to be decisive for Obama . PHOTOS: Reactions to Obama's victory Rove formerly advised President George W. Bush and currently is an advisor to two prominent independent groups that combined spent more than $170 million during the election.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 2012 |
SACRAMENTO - After a frantic court battle, state election officials succeeded Monday in forcing an Arizona group to disclose the identities of contributors that provided $11 million to a California campaign fund. But the revelations added little clarity for voters. The mystery donors turned out to be other nonprofits, whose individual contributors remained secret. The money started with the Virginia-based Americans for Job Security and was transferred to a group called the Center to Protect Patient Rights.
October 31, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- The race for the Senate has intensified, with big-name surrogates and new money and ads moving into criucial battleground states in this final week of the election. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will cast his early vote Wednesday at Cardenas Market in Las Vegas, a nod to the power of the swing state's Latino electorate in the competitive race the between Democratic Rep. Shelley Berkley and Republican Sen. Dean Heller. In North Dakota, Sen. John McCain was set to stump Thursday for fellow Republican Rick Berg, the congressman who is in a surprisingly close contest with Democrat Heidi Heitkamp, a seat the GOP had counted in their column in their pursuit of the Senate majority.
October 31, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - In past presidential races, a $7.5-million media campaign could give an outside group like the National Rifle Assn. a significant profile. But that sum doesn't go nearly as far in this year's contest: super PACs and advocacy groups have already reported spending more than $892 million on television ads and other forms of voter outreach - more than three times than at this point in the 2008 campaign, according to the latest tally by the Center for Responsive Politics . That's prompted some groups, such as the NRA, to think differently about how to reach voters on the airwaves - and it explains why swing state residents are having a hard time finding any television program that offers refuge from the relentless deluge of political ads. INTERACTIVE: Battleground states map Typically, political media strategists aim to run their ads during local newscasts, to capture viewers who are purportedly more civically engaged and likely to vote.
October 30, 2012 |
My latest column lists my picks for the best and worst political advertisements of this fall's presidential campaign. But don't take my word for it; see them yourself. Here are links to the commercials I mentioned in the column: Best positive ad, Obama: Obama for America, “Determination” Best positive ad, Romney: Mitt Romney, “Too Many Americans” Most effective negative ad, Obama: Obama for America, “My Job” Most effective negative ad, Romney: Mitt Romney, “Right Choice” Best celebrity ad, Democratic: MoveOn.org, “Vote” (Scarlett Johansson, Eva Longoria, Kerry Washington)