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This is one of the best political ads of 2014

This is one of the best political ads of 2014

Positive ads are having a bit of a renaissance in politics these days. And here's one of the best we've seen.

It's an ad for Monica Wehby, a doctor running for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Oregon produced by FP1 Strategies. And man is it good.

Why? Because it:

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Worst political ad of 2012: Todd Akin

Worst political ad of 2012: Todd Akin

On Tuesday we highlighted the best political ad of the 2012 election cycle.

Today, we have a little more fun and bring you the worst of the worst.

And perhaps it should be no surprise that the worst comes from the most colossally bad major campaign of the 2012 general election, Missouri GOP Senate candidate Todd Akin.

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Worst political ad of 2012: Todd Akin

Worst political ad of 2012: Todd Akin

On Tuesday we highlighted the best political ad of the 2012 election cycle.

Today, we have a little more fun and bring you the worst of the worst.

And perhaps it should be no surprise that the worst comes from the most colossally bad major campaign of the 2012 general election, Missouri GOP Senate candidate Todd Akin.

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Brutal 9/11 ad takes center stage in Wisconsin Senate race

Brutal 9/11 ad takes center stage in Wisconsin Senate race

Eleven years after Sept. 11, 2001, that day’s terrorist attacks are rearing their head in a major way in one of the hottest Senate races in the country.

Former Wisconsin governor Tommy Thompson’s (R) campaign today launched a brutal new ad attacking Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D) for voting against a 2006 bill commemorating the fifth anniversary of 9/11.

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Arizona’s Jeff Flake hits rival Richard Carmona with ad alleging issues with anger, women

Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) unleashed his hardest-hitting TV ad yet against his Democratic Senate opponent Richard Carmona on Thursday morning, a 30-second spot in which Carmona’s former boss sharply criticizes his temperament and interaction with women.

“Carmona is not who he seems,” former acting assistant secretary of health and human services Cristina Beato says in the commercial. “He has issues with anger, with ethics, and with women. I have testified to this under oath to Congress. Richard Carmona should never, ever be in the U.S. Senate.”

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The ads Senate Republicans have dreaded in Missouri are here

The ads Senate Republicans have dreaded in Missouri are here

Sen. Claire McCaskill’s (D-Mo.) campaign has unleashed a series of brutal new TV ads hitting Rep. Todd Akin (R) squarely where it hurts the most: the issue of rape.

Each spot features a woman who says she has survived a sexual assault. Two of the woman also identify as being “pro-life” on the issue of abortion. 

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New Obama ad stars Big Bird alongside Bernie Madoff

New Obama ad stars Big Bird alongside Bernie Madoff

President Obama’s reelection campaign is up with a new ad hitting Mitt Romney over his comments about Big Bird at last week’s debate.

The ad features images of notorious corporate villains Bernie Madoff and Ken Lay and suggests that Romney sees Big Bird as the biggest villain of all.

“Mitt Romney knows it’s not Wall Street you have to worry about; it’s Sesame Street,” the narrator says.

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The battle for the House — in one chart

The battle for the House — in one chart

We wrote Monday about how Republicans are playing a surprising amount of offense in the battle for the House in 2012.

While Democrats have spent 70 percent of their funds on GOP-held seats, Republicans have spent less than half their funds defending those seats. Instead, Republicans are going after a bunch of Democratic-held seats and hoping, for lack of a better sports cliche, that the best defense is a good offense.

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Republicans bet the House on staying on offense

Republicans bet the House on staying on offense

If the GOP’s House majority is in jeopardy, somebody forgot to tell the National Republican Congressional Committee.

The NRCC, the committee charged with keeping Republicans in control of the House, is spending nearly as much on offensive opportunities as on defense so far this cycle. That’s despite Democrats’ predictions that they could take 25 seats from Republicans and regain the majority.

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Campaign ads take a turn for the nasty

We’re now just more than five weeks from Election Day, which means it’s time to bring out the big guns.

And by the big guns, we mean the nasty ads.

The Fix’s Sean Sullivan today noted a particularly stark ad in the North Carolina governor’s race in which African-Americans say that Republican gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory doesn’t understand them.

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The best political ads of 2012, so far (VIDEO)

We here at The Fix love political ads. We know that puts us in the minority in this country, but it’s true.

Below, we take a look at four of the best ads of the 2012 election so far, and why they work:

What are some that we missed? Make sure to hit up the comments section to share your favorites, and over the course of the next six weeks, tweet your favorite ads to @FixAaron.

After the election is over, we’ll try to nail down the top 10 campaign ads of the cycle.

(And below, you can find the full versions of the four ads featured above)

 

 

 

Scott Brown’s new TV ad hits Elizabeth Warren over her claim to Native American heritage

Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) released a TV ad Monday that draws attention to Democrat Elizabeth Warren’s claim to Native American heritage, shining a renewed spotlight on an issue that dominated local coverage of the campaign in the spring.

The ad, titled “Who Knows,” consists entirely of clips of television reports on the subject of Warren facing questions about her claim to Native American heritage. “Elizabeth Warren is trying to put questions about her heritage behind her,” says the newscaster in one of the clips. 

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Did Paul Ryan bend the truth? And does it matter?

Did Paul Ryan bend the truth? And does it matter?

TAMPA — Republicans have accused President Obama of trading in his message of hope and change for Chicago-style politics.

But their own new vice presidential pick also took a step down from the political high road on Wednesday night, or at least exposed himself to criticism of playing fast and loose with the facts.

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Bill Clinton denounces Romney’s welfare ad


Former President Bill Clinton at the Clinton Presidential Library (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)
Former president Bill Clinton is speaking out against a new ad from Mitt Romney’s campaign that accuses President Obama of rolling back Clinton’s welfare reforms.

“Gov. Romney released an ad today alleging that the Obama administration had weakened the work requirements of the 1996 Welfare Reform Act. That is not true,” Clinton said in a statement from his office at the Clinton Foundation released late Tuesday night.

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‘America the beautiful’: The most memorable ad of the 2012 campaign (so far)?

Katy Perry has nothing on Mitt Romney when it comes to getting their songs on the air.

The GOP presidential candidate’s dulcet tones, it seems, have been playing in great rotation on cable TV stations for ages now via the Obama campaign’s “America the Beautiful” ad, which features Romney singing the song (poorly) over scenes of the far-off places where he has bank accounts and where Bain Capital outsourced jobs.

The ad, which went off the air Monday, strikes us as perhaps the most memorable of the cycle so far, if not necessarily the most impactful.

The reason? It’s utterly unavoidable.

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‘The worst economic recovery America has ever had’: Scott Pelley’s soon-to-be starring 2012 election role

Expect to see lots of Scott Pelley on your TV this fall — even if you don’t watch the CBS Evening News.

The CBS anchor’s statement at the top of a broadcast two weeks ago that this is “the worst economic recovery America has ever seen” is kibble for Republican ad-makers.

Already, the clip has been used to punctuate an ad launched this week by Crossroads GPS, the issue advocacy arm of the American Crossroads super PAC. And you can bet the farm that GPS will hardly be the last to use it.

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Americans for Prosperity launches $25 million ad buy

Americans for Prosperity launches $25 million ad buy

Americans For Prosperity, the conservative group funded by the Koch brothers, is spending between $24 and $25 million on a month-long ad buy in 11 swing states, a Republican media buyer has confirmed.

The AFP ads will run in western swing states of Colorado, Nevada, and New Mexico, the midwestern battlegrounds of Ohio, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, as well as Florida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

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The worst ad of the 2012 campaign (so far)?

Rep. Todd Akin’s Missouri Senate campaign is up with one of the head-scratchingest ads of the 2012 — or any other — election.

Akin, who is running in Show Me State’s GOP Senate primary next week, tries to play up his Christian conservatism in the new ad. But whatever message he was going for gets completely lost in conservative buzzwords and run-on sentences.

Have a look for yourself:

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Romney’s less-than-Olympic narrative

Mitt Romney is still waiting for his gold medal from the American public.

If you look across Romney’s public and private sector record, his time as head of the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City stands out as what should be his greatest and most politically advantageous achievement.

Unlike his tenure at Bain Capital and as governor of Massachusetts, there’s very little Democrats can say that will undermine or pick apart Romney’s Olympics record. It’s also a high profile example of Romney’s business acumen that actually has a real-world connection to most peoples’s lives.

And, as luck would have it, the Summer Olympics in London is being held just a few months before the U.S. presidential election — a terrific opportunity for Romney to take a victory lap, right?

Maybe.

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How people consume political news — in one chart

Conventional campaign wisdom dictates that the surest strategy for success is to raise as much money as possible and then spend it all on television ads in the final weeks of a race.

A look at the spending already in this presidential campaign — President Obama dropped $38 million on TV ads in June and has spent $107 million on commercials so far — suggests that television remains king when it comes to politics.

And yet, the massive growth of the web, tablets and smart phones have already begun to cut into just how determinative television is in a campaign — as voters are now consuming much more of their information through this panoply of devices.

The good people at Google have put the numbers together in a single chart that tells the story of peoples’ political news consumption habits.

Here’s the chart (and click here to see a larger version):

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Obama campaign pushes back on ‘burn rate’ criticism

Obama campaign pushes back on ‘burn rate’ criticism

In the wake of a report that the Obama campaign’s burn rate — the amount of money they are spending per month on the race — has raised concerns among some within the party, the president’s campaign manager insisted that every penny is being well spent.

“We made a big bet in this campaign,” Obama campaign manager Jim Messina told the Fix in an interview this afternoon. “Ground organization matters and building one takes a lot of money. It’s an expensive proposition.”

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Romney ad suggests Obama hypocrisy on campaign tactics

Mitt Romney’s campaign is up with a new ad accusing President Obama’s campaign of engaging in the type of politics he once decried.

This ad contrasts Obama attacks in the 2012 campaign with the president’s past rhetoric denouncing divide-and-conquer tactics, using three of Obama’s lines from his 2008 Democratic National Convention speech.

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Obama ad hits Romney as tax-raiser

President Obama’s campaign is up with a new ad contrasting his tax plan with Mitt Romney’s and accusing Romney of wanting to raise taxes on 18 million Americans.

The ad accuses Romney of supporting tax breaks for the wealthy, for oil companies and for those who ship jobs overseas, along with a tax increase for 18 million “working families.”

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President Obama’s massive swing state spending edge

President Obama has spent more than $91 million on television ads in eight swing states as of July 6, a massive sum that dwarfs the $23 million former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney has disbursed on campaign commercials in those same places. Only heavy spending by Republican super PACs is keeping Romney within financial shouting distance of the incumbent on television at this point.

The data, which was provided to the Fix by a Republican media buyer, paints a fascinating picture of Obama’s overwhelming ad advantage in each of the states — Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, Ohio, New Hampshire, North Carolina and Virginia — where both campaigns are spending.

The spending disparity between the campaigns is particularly pronounced in three of the swingiest states: Florida, Ohio and Virginia.

In Florida, Obama has spent $17 million on TV ads as compared to $2 million for Romney. In Ohio, it’s $22 million for Obama to $6.5 million for Romney; and in Virginia, Obama has spent $11 million on TV ads to less than $3 million for Romney.

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Obama super PAC ad says Romney helped man build ‘my own coffin’

First, he was charged with vampire capitalism. Now, Mitt Romney stands accused of forcing a laid-off employee to build what the employee calls “my own coffin.”

That’s the powerful closing line of a bold new ad from the top super PAC supporting President Obama, Priorities USA Action. The ad is the fourth in a series hitting Romney for job losses that occurred in companies taken over by the venture capital firm he founded, Bain Capital.

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House Republicans add 2012 election ad time in eight media markets

The National Republican Congressional Committee has expanded on its initial set of ad reservations, with an additional $5.7 million in ad space in eight media markets spanning seven competitive districts.

The buys mean the committee has now reserved a total of $23.9 million in ad space in 24 media markets and 31 districts.

The reservations aren’t yet as extensive as ones made by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which has reserved twice as much — $46.1 million — in ad time in media markets covering 60 districts.

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National Democrats send $250k for Indiana Senate ad

National Democrats send $250k for Indiana Senate ad

The national Democratic Party is dipping its toe into the open Indiana Senate race, sending $250,000 to the state party for an ad on behalf of Rep. Joe Donnelly’s (D-Ind.) campaign.

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House GOP previews fall ad strategy

The National Republican Congressional Committee has reserved $18 million worth of ad space in 17 media markets spanning 25 competitive districts — one of the first windows into which districts the committee plans to pursue and defend this fall as they seek to retain control of the House.

The ad reservations are split about evenly between districts where the committee can play offense and where they must defend vulnerable GOP incumbents, reflecting the NRCC’s desire to go after Democratic seats even as it strives to keep its majority.

The markets involved are generally ones where there will be plenty of ad traffic in the presidential or other races, which puts a premium on reserving space early.

Below is a chart breaking down the NRCC reservations. (Note: The buys are made by media market rather than by congressional district, and in some cases, the money could wind up being spent on one of two or more districts.)

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Romney video targets Obama’s ‘doing fine’ comment

Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign is up with a new ad targeting President Obama for his remark on Friday that the private sector of the economy is doing “fine.”

The video features footage of Americans describing their personal economic hardships and then repeats the clip of Obama saying the “private sector is doing fine” three times.

It closes with “No Mr. President, we are not doing fine.”

Coming soon to a TV near you: Your congressman shooting something

Who knew that when West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin ran an ad in 2010 that featured him shooting a hole in the congressional cap and trade bill he would spark a trend of shooting firearms in political TV commercials?

In Oklahoma, congressional candidate Rob Wallace (D) recently released an ad featuring video of him shooting a map of the state of Texas pegged to the back of a water jug. The ad, of course, was about a water dispute between the two states.

And this week, Arizona congressional candidate Ron Gould (R) is up with his own ad in which he shoots President Obama’s health care bill as if it were a clay pigeon. (Really.) Gould adds the extra-satisfying — if you oppose Obamacare — image of the bill exploding in mid-air.

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Obama defends jobs record in new ad

President Obama’s campaign is up with a new ad defending the president’s record on jobs at a time when the nation’s jobs picture continues to dog him.

The ad, titled “Jobs,” features video of Obama noting the job growth that has occurred on his watch while also saying “we’re still not creating them as fast as we want.” It then pivots to his jobs plan and asks viewers to “urge Congress to act” — a glancing blow at the Republican-controlled House.

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Crossroads launches $7 million buy hitting Obama on debt

The GOP-aligned third party group Crossroads GPS is up with a new ad hitting President Obama for “growing our debt faster than our economy.”

The ad is the third of a $25 million ad blitz this month from the group, which is the issue advocacy arm of the American Crossroads super PAC.

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Corporations are (Democratic) people, too

If there’s one lasting lesson of the Cory Booker saga over the weekend, it’s that nothing in politics is as clear cut as it seems.

Democrats have been trying all election cycle to make the coming race about the rich paying their fair share, reining in fat cat bankers and helping the 99 percent, with Mitt Romney serving as the foil.

That’s a great strategy — except for when you and/or your Democratic friends need the financial support of the 1 percent to win elections and make money.

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Mitt Romney makes Day One promises in ad

Mitt Romney is out with his first ad of the general election campaign, “Day One,” in which he promises some major changes on his first day in office.

While it’s a positive spot that introduces the candidate, as Romney himself said it would be, the ad also is filled with digs at the current White House occupant.

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GOP super PAC rejects plan to invoke Jeremiah Wright

The founder of a conservative super PAC has rejected a proposal that would link President Obama to his former pastor Jeremiah Wright, a line of attack that the GOP rejected in 2008 and one which presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney repudiated today.

“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,” said Brian Baker, president of the Ending Spending Action Fund, who said the proposal was “one of several submitted ... by third-party vendors.”


The Rev. Jeremiah Wright, former pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, addresses the National Press Club on April 28, 2008, in Washington, D.C. (Chip Somodevilla - Getty Images)

The New York Times got hold of the proposed campaign playbook, submitted by Republican strategists to TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts, who has become increasingly involved in GOP politics of late.

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Crossroads launches $25 million, monthlong ad campaign hitting Obama

Republican-aligned Crossroads GPS is going up with a $25 million TV ad buy over the next month seeking to set the table for November’s general election and define President Obama.

The massive TV buy from the policy arm of the American Crossroads super PAC will focus on jobs, the economy, Obamacare and government debt.

It matches a $25 million ad campaign that the Obama campaign has already announced for this month.

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Super PAC launches Bain Capital attack ads

A super PAC supporting President Obama targets Mitt Romney’s Bain Capital record, echoing an official campaign ad released Monday.

In “Heads or Tails,” Priorities USA focuses on a Kansas City, Mo., steel mill bought by the private equity firm Romney co-founded. The mill went bankrupt under Bain, and workers were not given promised benefits.

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Romney campaign releases response ad on Bain

Mitt Romney’s campaign is already up with a response to an attack from President Obama’s campaign on Romney’s time at Bain Capital.

While the two-minute Obama ad, released this morning, focused on Bain Capital’s acquisition and handling off GS Technologies steel mill, the Romney campaign’s new ad, titled “American Dream,” focuses on another steel company Bain guided — Steel Dynamics.

“Steel Dynamics started with an empty field and a big dream,” the ad begins, before one employee labels the company “a perfect entrepreneurial story.”

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Obama ad calls Mitt Romney’s Bain Capital firm a ‘vampire’

President Obama’s campaign is out with a tough new ad, “Steel,” attacking former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney’s record on job creation.

The two-minute ad focuses on GS Technologies, a steel mill in Kansas City, Mo., that was bought by Romney’s private equity firm Bain Capital and went bankrupt soon after.

The ad paints Romney as out of touch with the needs of the local workers and concerned only with Bain’s own profits.

“We view Mitt Romney as a job destroyer,” says one former mill worker in the ad. Another calls Bain “a vampire. They came in and sucked the life out of us.”

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Obama touts auto bailout in new ads

Obama touts auto bailout in new ads

President Obama’s reelection campaign is out with three new ads as part of a $25 million swing state buy.

Earlier Obama campaign ads have been big-picture. These spots are more targeted. Two focus on the auto bailout and a third makes the case that the economy is improving.

“Brian,” airing in Ohio, features an autoworker who was laid off when the auto industry collapsed. “Obama stuck his neck out for us,” Brian Slagle says. “I’m driving in this morning because of that, because of him.”

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Obama makes case in major swing state ad ‘Go,’ launches $25 million ad buy

President Obama’s campaign is out with a minute-long ad, “Go,” touting the administration’s record and reminding voters how bad things were in 2008.

The Obama campaign is planning to spend $25 million on ads this month, senior adviser David Axelrod told reporters Monday.

The ad starts with grim footage of the economic meltdown — “all before this president took the oath.”

Over shots of tea party protesters, the narrator says, “Some thought our best days were behind us, but not him. He believed in us.”

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Obama goes negative on Mitt Romney with ‘Swiss bank account’

President Obama’s campaign is out with a new TV ad in three key states hitting former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney for having a Swiss bank account, the leading edge of what will likely be an extended attack on Romney’s finances and record during the general election campaign.

The ad accuses Romney of shipping jobs overseas — “It’s just what you’d expect from a guy who had a Swiss bank account,” the narrator says.

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Heather Wilson’s first Senate campaign ad makes no mention of her time in House

If you want an idea of how unpopular Congress is right now, check out the first ad from New Mexico U.S. Senate candidate (and former House member) Heather A. Wilson:

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Obama unveils new campaign slogan: ‘Forward’

Obama unveils new campaign slogan: ‘Forward’

President Obama’s campaign is out with a Web video that defends his first term on all fronts while unveiling a new slogan: “Forward.”

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DGA-aligned group launches response ad in Montana governor’s race

The ad war in the Montana governor’s race is officially on, with a group affiliated with the Democratic Governors Association going up with an ad responding to Republican attacks.

A state GOP ad earlier this week, partially funded by the Republican Governors Association, hit state Attorney General and presumptive Democratic nominee Steve Bullock for not joining on to a lawsuit, filed by other state attorneys general, that seeks to overturn President Obama’s health care law.

In response, the Democrats’ ad, from the DGA-affiliated group Montana Jobs, Energy, and Technology (JET) PAC, says Bullock saved the state thousands of dollars by declining to take part in the suit.

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House Democrats plot 2012 playing field

The map on which the battle for the House will be fought this fall came into better focus this week with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announcing that it is reserving $32 million worth of ad time in media markets spanning nearly three dozen competitive districts.

While reserving ad time doesn’t lock the committee into actually buying time, it does provide a good window into the Democrats’ early strategy for trying to take back the House — particularly as it related to which districts they see as crucial and/or close.

Democrats need to gain 25 seats in order to regain the majority, so if they’ve got a shot at it, this is likely just a precursor to a much larger ad buy that spans many more districts. And, most of the current ad reservations are focused on media markets that will likely be important to the presidential race. In markets where it’s unlikely the presidential campaigns will buy time, it’s much easier (and cheaper) to buy ad space later this year.

Don’t want to comb through the entirety of the Democratic ad buy? No problem. We did it for you. What you need to know is below.

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Ron Barber goes up with first ad in Giffords special election

Arizona Democratic special election candidate Ron Barber is up with his first ad of the race , a bio spot in which he talks about working with the disabled and running a business.

“I’m Ron Barber and I’ve seen a lot it my life,” Barber says while driving in a car in the ad, which was produced by Ralston Lapp Media. “I’ve seen what we need to do: Rebuild our middle class.”

Barber, who was unopposed for his party’s nomination on Tuesday, makes no mention of his ties to former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in the ad, besides flashing some text on the screen pointing out that he served as her district director.

Barber was injured in the January 2011 shooting spree that left six people dead and Giffords wounded by a gun shot to the head.

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Obama campaign releases first Spanish-language ads

Obama campaign releases first Spanish-language ads

President Obama’s campaign has released a series of Spanish-language ads aimed at Latino voters.

The ads will air in Colorado, Nevada and Florida, three key swing states with growing Latino populations.

Each ad features a Latino campaign organizer touting the president’s education policies, in particular improvements to the early-education program Head Start and increased funding for Pell Grants, which help poor students attend college.

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Democratic super PAC targets Romney’s wealth in new ad

The top Democratic super PAC supporting President Obama’s reelection campaign is going up with a new ad casting Mitt Romney as the candidate of the wealthy.

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Wisconsin recall elections: Scott Walker launches ads against two top opponents

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) is up with his first two ads of the state’s June recall election, with one ad hitting each of his top potential opponents.

The ads both feature black and white footage and suggest Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett (D) and former Dane County executive Kathleen Falk (D) want to take the state backward, focusing on their records in local government.

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Tom Barrett out with first recall ad: ‘End the civil war in Wisconsin’

Tom Barrett out with first recall ad: ‘End the civil war in Wisconsin’

Wisconsin gubernatorial candidate Kathleen Falk (D) came out with her first ad of the recall election Monday. Now her chief rival in the May 8 primary, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, has entered the fray.

Like Falk, Barrett argues that a state that prides itself on civility has been misled. Unlike Falk, Barrett names the man he holds responsible and hopes to unseat — Gov. Scott Walker (R).

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Obama campaign releases video on Romney’s ‘severely conservative’ greatest hits

President Obama’s campaign isn’t going to let Mitt Romney or Americans forget the things he said during the Republican primary campaign — at least, not anytime soon.

The Obama campaign today debuts a new Web video compiling clips of the many things Romney has said on the campaign trail while appealing to conservatives for their votes, reinforcing Romney’s claim that he was a “severely conservative” governor of Massachusetts.

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Crossroads GPS attacks Obama in six swing states

A Republican-affiliated outside group is making a major ad buy to attack President Obama in six swing states.

In an ad called “Too Much,” Crossroads GPS attacks the administration over high gas prices. There’s $1.7 million behind the ad, which is airing in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, Ohio, and Virginia.

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Richard Lugar targeted by new ads from conservative groups

The air wars have officially commenced in the Indiana Senate race, with the National Rifle Association and Club for Growth launching new ads against Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) and Lugar responding in kind with an ad attacking opponent Richard Mourdock.


A yard signs calling for voters to "retire" Sen. Richard Lugar stands along the road in New Palestine, Ind., Friday, March 30, 2012. Lugar, running for his seventh term in the U.S. Senate, is facing one of his toughest election battles in the Republican primary against state Treasurer Richard Mourdock. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
The tone of the campaign has taken a sharp turn for the negative with just less than one month remaining in the contest.

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Wisconsin recall election’s first Democratic ad up from Kathleen Falk

The first Democratic ad in the Wisconsin gubernatorial recall election is out.

Former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk doesn’t mention Gov. Scott Walker (R) in her first campaign spot, but she does say that “today our leaders have lost sight of” Wisconsin values.

“They made decisions in secret and shut the people out,” she said, an implicit reference to the collective bargaining legislation that sparked the recall. “They didn’t trust us with the truth.”

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Mitt Romney pulls negative ads in Pennsylvania

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney has pulled ads attacking Rick Santorum off the air in Pennsylvania while the former senator spends time with his ailing daughter.

Santorum cancelled his Monday campaign events to stay in the hospital with Bella, 3, who was hospitalized Friday morning.

“We have done this out of deference to Senator Santorum’s decision to suspend his campaign for personal family reasons,” Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul confirmed.

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Romney outspending Santorum in WI

Romney outspending Santorum in WI

Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum has been airing some harsh attacks on former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney in Wisconsin.

But how many people will see them?

While super PAC involvement means Romney doesn’t have the overwhelming advantage he enjoyed in some early contests, Santorum has not spent very much in the state.

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Rick Santorum attacks ‘this man’ in ad

A tough new ad from former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum suggests former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney is as bad as President Obama.

The spot is airing in Wisconsin, in advance of Tuesday’s primary.

“This Man” starts with a woman standing in front of a shot of the current White House occupant.

Via ABC News:

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Obama allies tie Mitt Romney to Big Oil

A super PAC supporting President Obama is out with an ad in eight key general election states that hits back at administration critics and suggests former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney is in bed with oil companies.

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Rick Santorum allies up Wisconsin ad buy

A super PAC supporting Rick Santorum is increasing its ad buy in Wisconsin in advance of Tuesday’s primary, while pushing the case that the former Pennsylvania senator can win a delegate fight against Mitt Romney.
Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum pumps his fist. (Jae C. Hong - AP)

The Red White & Blue Fund is increasing its ad buy from $300,000 to $660,000, adding ads in Madison, Wausau and Lacrosse, and increasing existing buys in Milwaukee and Green Bay.

The group also sent out a 39-page memo arguing that Santorum could win at a brokered convention with the help of unbound delegates.

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New super PAC ad: ‘We just can’t trust Mitt Romney’

A new Wisconsin ad from a super PAC supporting former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum goes negative on former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney.

A similar spot aired by the Red, White & Blue Fund last week was half positive and half negative; this ad is all negative.

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New ad attacks Santorum on unemployment rate

A super PAC supporting former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney has used an out-of-context quote from Rick Santorum to argue that the former Pennsylvania senator is irresponsible on economics.

The new Restore Our Future spot, called “Care,” ties Santorum saying he doesn’t “care” about the unemployment rate to his spending votes in the Senate.

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RGA goes to bat for Scott Walker in Wisconsin with new ad

The Republican Governors Association is out with its first ad supporting Gov. Scott Walker (R) in Wisconsin’s likely recall election.

The clever ad uses an elevator to attack two leading Democratic rivals to Walker, Milwaulkee Mayor Tom Barrett and former Dane County executive Kathleen Falk, as tax-raising job killers. (Barrett, who lost to Walker in 2010, has yet to decide on a bid.)

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New Mitt Romney ad touts ‘Conservative Record’

In a new 30-second spot airing in Wisconsin, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney touts his record as a “proven fiscal conservative” with quotes from columnists praising his work in Massachusetts.

“Conservative Record” was almost certainly made before Tuesday. But it works as pushback on yesterday’s firestorm, sparked when a Romney adviser unwisely compared the general election to an “Etch a Sketch” that erases what came before.

Many on both the right and left interpreted those words as proof that Romney would abandon his conservative positions once he won the Republican nomination.

Romney ad: Santorum is an ‘economic lightweight’

Mitt Romney’s campaign is up with a new ad in the Illinois primary labeling Rick Santorum an “economic lightweight” and comparing him — surprise! — to President Obama.

The ad picks up on bad reviews of Santorum’s economic plan from several sources, one of which labels it the worst plan in the GOP field.

“Rick Santorum: Another economic lightweight,” the ad says as it juxtaposes video of Santorum with to video of Obama.

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Santorum super PAC ad likens Romney to Obama: ‘More of the same’

The top super PAC supporting Rick Santorum’s presidential campaign is up with a new ad in Illinois suggesting that Mitt Romney and President Obama are basically the same.

The Red, White and Blue Fund ad rehashes Romney’s record as governor of Massachusetts and concludes, “More debt and taxes, less jobs. More of the same.”

As the ad progresses, the camera scans different parts of a picture of Romney’s face, eventually revealing a picture of Obama right beside his.

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New ad: Newt Gingrich ‘will stick it to the bums in D.C.’

A new ad from a super PAC supporting former House speaker Newt Gingrich makes its case with New Jersey accents.

The Winning Our Future ad is another animated spot, featuring a burly talk radio host who wants listeners to tell him who can beat President Obama.

“It ain’t nobody named Mitt, that’s for sure,” a caller named “Joey” responds. “Something about him, he’s not one of us. He’s not tough enough. And Rick? He ain’t my guy either. What’s he ever done?”

Asked who he would support, Joey responds: “If you really want to stick it to the bums in D.C., it’s Newt. The guy’s a fighter. And he ain’t afraid to hurt nobody’s feelings. ... Can you imagine what he’ll do to Obama in a debate? He’ll take him and all his crazy liberal ideas apart. Heck, I’d pay to see that on pay-per-view.”

Joey signs off with a “Fuggedaboutit,” as he’s revealed to be a skinny office-worker in a suit.

The ad is airing in Georgia, where polls may or may not show an enduring affection for “The Sopranos.”

Mitt Romney mocks Rick Santorum’s ‘take one for the team’ in ad

Mitt Romney mocks Rick Santorum’s ‘take one for the team’ in ad

One of former Pennsylvania Rick Santorum’s biggest stumbles in last week’s debate? Saying he voted for No Child Left Behind to “take one for the team.”

Now former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney is using the words in a tough new ad.

The ad is airing in Ohio, a must-win state for both candidates, where Romney has bought $809,501 of air time this week.

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Pro-Gingrich super PAC places big radio buy in six states

The top super PAC supporting Newt Gingrich is going up with nearly $900,000 worth of radio ads in six key states holding contests in the next two weeks.

The Winning Our Future ad buy appears to come on the heels of another significant cash infusion from casino mogul Sheldon Adelson and gives Gingrich the kind of presence on the airwaves that he hasn’t had on Super Tuesday, which could be a make-or-break moment for his struggling campaign.

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Mitt Romney’s spending edge has shrunk a bit

Mitt Romney’s spending edge has shrunk a bit

Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum frequently says that money doesn’t guarantee victory.

That claim will be put to the test Tuesday night in Michigan, where former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney and his allies have outspent Santorum and his supporters $3.8 million to $2.2 million on television ads.

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Newt Gingrich allies launch Super Tuesday attacks

Newt Gingrich allies launch Super Tuesday attacks

Three new ads from a super PAC supporting Newt Gingrich tout the former House speaker and air some of the harshest attacks yet on former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney.

Winning Our Future has bought air time in Georgia, Ohio, Oklahoma and Tennessee for next week, for a buy that totals about $1.75 million, along with buys in Alabama, Kansas and Mississippi.

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Super PAC recycles old Romney ad on missing teen

A super PAC supporting former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney is out with a warmhearted spot about a former Bain Capital colleague whose missing daughter Romney helped find.

It’s an effective way to humanize a candidate who is struggling to connect with voters. But the ad also raises questions about how independent super PACs — groups that can raise unlimited funds but cannot coordinate with campaigns — really are.

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Silent Santorum ad uses Mitt Romney’s words against him

Rick Santorum has a new ad out in Michigan that uses a simple trick — quotes on a black screen — to paint Mitt Romney as a phony conservative.

The former Pennsylvania governor’s ad is hardly the first to highlight Romney’s moderate stances as governor of Massachusetts. But it comes as the two are engaged in a bitter fight in Michigan, where Santorum has a narrow lead in polls.

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Obama ad jabs Romney, GOP on auto bailout

Obama ad jabs Romney, GOP on auto bailout

President Obama’s campaign is targeting the GOP presidential candidates – and specifically Mitt Romney – for their opposition to the auto bailout in Michigan, launching an ad in the state ahead of its Republican presidential primary next week.

A super PAC supporting the president has already launched an ad hitting Romney in Michigan, but the gambit from the Obama campaign to run an ad against Romney and his fellow candidates in the GOP primary is a first for the 2012 presidential race.

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New Ron Paul ad attacks Rick Santorum: ‘Is this dude serious?’

Another sign that Rick Santorum is the new front-runner — he’s under attack from Ron Paul.

In a clever new ad, the libertarian-leaning Texas House member attacks the former Pennsylvania senator as a faux fiscal conservative.

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Newt Gingrich demands TV stations pull ads

Newt Gingrich wants ads off the air, Chris Christie vetoes gay marriage, the Maine results are in doubt and January fundraising numbers are in.

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New Mitt Romney ad: ‘America is drowning’

In a new ad targeting former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney declares that “America is drowning” and only one candidate can help.

“America is drowning in national debt,” the narrator says. (According to the image that plays, America is a man in a suit, carrying a briefcase). “Yet Rick Santorum supported billions in earmarks.” A clip from a Fox News interview plays of Santorum saying, “I have had a lot of earmarks, in fact I’m very proud of all the earmarks I put in bills.”

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Mitt Romney allies start attacking Rick Santorum in South

The anti-Rick Santorum ad blitz is expanding.

A super PAC supporting Mitt Romney is attacking the former Pennsylvania senator in Alabama, Oklahoma, Mississippi and Tennessee as the “ultimate Washington insider.”

The ad airs now-familiar arguments — that Santorum worked in Washington, voted to raise the debt limit five times and voted for the “Bridge to Nowhere.” Negative information about Santorum is contrasted with positive information about Romney — perhaps an attempt to blunt the effect so many negative ads are having on the former Massachusetts governor’s favorability rating.

This week, Restore Our Future is spending $36,603 in Oklahoma and $108,531 in Tennessee, according to a Republican media buyer. They plan to spend another $199,548 in Oklahoma and $426,400 in Tennessee next week; ad buys for Alabama and Mississippi have yet to be placed.

As we wrote earlier today, Santorum is a more difficult target than former House speaker Newt Gingrich.

Can money stop Rick Santorum?

Can money stop Rick Santorum?

Rick Santorum is about to get buried.

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney and his allies at the super PAC Restore Our Future are spending $1,240,230 in Michigan this week, according to a Republican media buyer. The former Pennsylvania senator is spending $42,443 — not a typo — and none of his super PAC supporters have spent anything.

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Santorum ad targets Romney’s ‘mud’ in Michigan

Rick Santorum’s campaign is up with a new ad in Michigan going negative on Mitt Romney and accusing him of “firing mud at” Santorum.

The ad, titled “Rombo,” features a Romney lookalike roving around an empty building wielding a gun that fires mud-filled paint balls. It accuses Romney and his supporters of running a multimillion-dollar negative campaign.

At the same time, the ad takes a few swipes of its own at the former Massachusetts governor — notably on health care and climate change.

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Santorum ad says he has ‘best chance to beat Obama’

Santorum ad says he has ‘best chance to beat Obama’

The Michigan ad wars are heating up.

Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum is out with his first ad in the Rust Belt state, a positive spot arguing that he’s best positioned to take on President Obama.

Recent polls have Santorum in the lead in Michigan’s Feb. 28 primary.

It’s a slightly retooled version of an ad Santorum aired in Iowa and New Hampshire.

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Mitt Romney’s new Michigan ad: ‘This is personal’

In a new ad airing in Michigan, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney continues his recent focus on his own family history in Michigan.

The ad is more evidence that Michigan is the most important of the three contests on Feb. 28, when Arizona and Washington also vote. A pro-Romney super PAC has put $600,000 into Michigan ads.

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Pete Hoekstra primary rival calls TV ad ‘demeaning’

One of Pete Hoekstra’s (R) primary rivals is attacking the former House member for an ad that used crude Asian stereotypes.


A screenshot from Hoekstra’s ad.
Clark Durant, a Christian charter school founder challenging Hoekstra in the race to take on Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), put out his own ad calling Hoekstra’s controversial spot “demeaning.”

A November EPIC-MRA poll found Hoekstra with a wide lead over Durant, who is not very well known statewide. But the backlash over Hoekstra’s ad from both Republicans and Democrats could give Durant a chance to move up.

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Inouye on Hoekstra: ‘His racist thoughts are not welcome in the United States Senate’

Inouye blasts Hoekstra, Bob Turner might have a challenger, Karen Handel has resigned and Palin veteran has a new PAC.

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Clint Eastwood weighs in on Chrysler ad

Clint Eastwood responded Monday night to the debate over whether response his Super Bowl ad for Chrysler was an implicit endorsement of President Obama.

In the ad, Eastwood declares that it is “halftime in America” and that “Motor City is fighting again.”

Some Republicans. criticized the ad for what they saw as political message; some Democrats praised it for the same reason, arguing it reinforces Obama’s defense of the auto industry bailout.

Eastwood says they’re both wrong.

“I just want to say that the spin stops with you guys, and there is no spin in that ad. On this I am certain,” Eastwood told Fox News, in a statement read on-air by Bill O’Reilly. “I am certainly not politically affiliated with Mr. Obama. It was meant to be a message about job growth and the spirit of America. I think all politicians will agree with it. I thought the spirit was OK.”

He added, “If Obama or any other politician wants to run with the spirit of that ad, go for it.”

Pete Hoekstra’s China ad provokes accusations of racism

Pete Hoekstra’s China ad provokes accusations of racism

While Chrysler’s Super Bowl ad has become a political football, an actual campaign ad aired during the game is also causing controversy.

Michigan Senate candidate Pete Hoekstra (R) aired his first campaign ad of the cycle Sunday night, and Asian-American groups are crying foul.

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NBC objects to Mitt Romney’s ‘history lesson’ ad

A harsh new ad from former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney uses news footage from 1997 to remind voters of then-House speaker Newt Gingrich’s ethics violations.

“History Lesson” is unusual in that neither Romney nor Gingrich appears. The entire 30-second spot consists of an NBC News report from Jan. 21, 1997, the day Gingrich was reprimanded by Congress for using tax-exempt money for political purposes and giving the House Ethics Committee false information.

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Mike Huckabee: Newt Gingrich ad ‘not authorized’

Mike Huckabee doesn’t want to be in ads, the DCCC outraised the NRCC, Gingrich is still up in national Gallup polling and Rick Santorum’s biggest backer has an open checkbook.

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Newt Gingrich plans brutal Mitt Romney attack

UPDATE: This ad is now up, at least in web version:

Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee said in a statement that “any use of an out of context quote from the Republican Presidential primary 4 years ago in a political ad to advocate for the election or defeat of another candidate not authorized, approved, or known in advance by me.” He does not plan to endorse a candidate.

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The campaign of former House speaker Newt Gingrich put out the transcript for an ad that has yet to air, using former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney’s words from Thursday night’s debate.

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Newt Gingrich still badly outspent in Florida ads

Newt Gingrich still badly outspent in Florida ads

Despite new infusions of cash, former House speaker Newt Gingrich is still being crushed in Florida television ad spending by former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney.

With the primary coming up on Jan. 31, Gingrich and his supporters are being outspent 5-to-1 by Romney and his supporters as total spending in the state approached $20 million.

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Newt Gingrich pulls radio ad criticized by Marco Rubio

Rubio objects to a Gingrich ad and it gets pulled, Romney is not Mexican-American, Gabrielle Giffords cast her last vote, and Linda Lingle raised a lot of money.

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Ronald Reagan’s words used against Newt Gingrich in new Romney super PAC ad

Ronald Reagan’s words used against Newt Gingrich in new Romney super PAC ad

A new ad from a super PAC supporting former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney takes on former House speaker Newt Gingrich’s frequent mentions of Ronald Reagan.

“From debates you’d think Newt Gingrich was Ronald Reagan’s vice president,” the narrator of the ad, which is being sponsored by a group known as Restore Our Future, says. “Gingrich exagerrates, dropping Reagan’s name 50 times.” Clips of Gingrich invoking Reagan are the played .

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Super PAC supporting Newt Gingrich makes $6 million ad buy in Florida

Super PAC supporting Newt Gingrich makes $6 million ad buy in Florida

A super PAC supporting former House speaker Newt Gingrich has made a $6 million ad buy in Florida, underscoring the new dynamics of the presidential race.

A new ad from the group claims former Massachusett governor Mitt Romney “invented government-run health-care.” It paints the Republican candidate as an ally of Barack Obama through clever use of old clips. The spot repeats one 2002 clip in which Romney says “my views are progressive” three times.

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Mitt Romney ad mocks ‘historian’ Newt Gingrich

The presidential campaign of former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney is out with a new ad in Florida pressuring former House Speaker Newt Gingrich on his work for mortgage giant Freddie Mac.

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Mitt Romney crushing in South Carolina spending

If former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney loses South Carolina Saturday night, it will be a very expensive loss.

From Jan. 16 through the Saturday primary, he and his super PAC supporters have spent more than any two of his rivals combined, according to a Republican media buyer.

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Romney makes closing argument in S.C.

While his super PAC supporters duke it out with other Republicans, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney’s final South Carolina ad is squarely focused on the man in the White House.

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Obama’s ads: Too soon? Too positive?

Obama’s ads: Too soon? Too positive?

The decision by President Obama’s campaign to launch ads in six swing states prior to next week’s State of the Union speech and before Republicans have selected the man who will challenge the incumbent president appears to be a mark of the aggressive approach the president’s team will take to his re-election race.

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Obama ‘destroys’ Romney in new pro-Gingrich ad

Winning Our Future, a super PAC supporting Newt Gingrich, is out with an animated ad imagining a debate in which former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney is eviscerated by President Obama.

Gingrich himself came out with an ad Tuesday highlighting his biggest applause lines on Monday.

The Winning the Future spot is slicker and meaner — and also more fun, because it’s a cartoon.

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Pro-Romney super PAC keys on Santorum as Romney campaign focuses in on Gingrich

Pro-Romney super PAC keys on Santorum as Romney campaign focuses in on Gingrich

The super PAC supporting Mitt Romney for president is up with another new ad targeting Rick Santorum in South Carolina, even as Romney’s campaign turns its focus to Newt Gingrich.

The new ad from Restore Our Future mentions earmarks for a tea pot museum and the so-called ”Bridge to Nowhere” in Alaska and features clips of the former Pennsylvania senator saying he’s “proud” of the earmarks that he pursued when he was in Congress

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Newt Gingrich doubles down on ‘food stamps’

Newt Gingrich is touting a confrontation with debate moderator Juan William on Monday night in a new TV ad, using the back and forth to make the case that the former House Speaker is the only candidate who can stand up to President Obama in a debate.

No word yet on the size of the buy, but the ad is airing statewide in South Carolina.

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Super PACs under attack

Super PACs took a starring role in Monday night’s Republican presidential debate, with three separate scuffles over attack ads aired by independent groups collecting unlimited funds.

According to an AP analysis, ads now sway more voters than traditional campaigning. Super PACs are outspending the actual campaigns in South Carolina 2-to-1. The State reports that average viewers in the Columbia-area market are likely to see a political ad 182 times before Saturday’s primary.

In the battle of candidates vs. super PACs, candidates won, at least on merit. Every ad described as dishonest in the debate has been deemed so by independent factcheckers.

Below, every exchange, every ad and the facts.

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Rick Santorum ad: Mitt Romney ‘just like Obama’

Hours before sparring with him in Monday’s South Carolina debate over negative ads, former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum released a spot there calling former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney “just like Obama.”

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Newt Gingrich asks super PAC to edit or pull Bain ads

Newt Gingrich asks super PAC to edit or pull Bain ads

Once again, former House speaker Newt Gingrich is caught between a rock and a hard place in his pledge to run a positive campaign.

Gingrich is now asking a super PAC supporting his bid to either correct or pull a series of brutal ads that attack former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney’s as a corporate vulture.

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GOP ad wars: Jon Huntsman spending zero dollars in South Carolina

GOP ad wars: Jon Huntsman spending zero dollars in South Carolina

Every week from now through when decide to stop doing it, we will total up what presidential campaigns and super PACs are spending on ads and where they’re spending it, using numbers from a Republican media buyer.

Despite the fact that the New Hampshire primary happened this week, almost all the television ad spending in the race came in South Carolina.

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Mitt Romney responds to Bain attacks

In a new ad airing in South Carolina, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney is pushing back on criticisms of his career at a venture capital firm.

Both former House speaker Newt Gingrich and Texas Gov. Rick Perry have argued that Romney destroyed jobs and lives at the venture firm Bain Capital by buying up and then shuttering struggling companies. A super PAC supporting Gingrich is airing ads in South Carolina attacking Romney’s record, using footage drawn from a 30-minute documentary called “King of Bain.”

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New anti-Gingrich ad calls his attacks ‘desperate’

The super PAC supporting former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney is out with a meta-attack ad in Florida and South Carolina. The spot began airing Thursday morning.

The new Restore Our Future spot, “Desperate,” highlights quotes former House speaker Newt Gingrich’s criticisms of Romney’s Bain Capital record. Conservatives are quoted calling Gingrich “foolish,” “out of bounds” and “disgusting.”

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Romney speaks Spanish in new ad

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney is out with a new ad in Florida — in Spanish.

The ad also features three Cuban-born lawmakers — Reps. Mario Díaz-Balart and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and former Rep. Lincoln Díaz-Balart — along with Romney’s Spanish-speaking son Craig.

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Newt Gingrich hits Mitt Romney on abortion in South Carolina ad

Newt Gingrich is out with his first ad attacking Mitt Romney in South Carolina, and it’s a doozy — targeting the former Massachusetts governor’s record on abortion rights.

The former House speaker has repeatedly denounced negative ads, but in recent days he has declared his intention to draw “contrast” with Romney.

Whatever Gingrich wants to call it, this is a negative ad.

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Gingrich attacks ‘timid’ Romney in ad

No more Mr. Nice Guy (even if he was never all that nice). Former House speaker Newt Gingrich is out with his first ad attacking former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney:

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Afternoon Fix: Mitt Romney going on air in Florida

Mitt Romney is going on the air in Florida, Rick Santorum’s nephew is endorsing Ron Paul, Sarah Palin wants Michele Bachmann to drop out and the Iowa caucuses are tonight.

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Gingrich calls Romney a liar

Gingrich calls Romney a liar

Newt Gingrich called rival Mitt Romney a liar on CBS’ “Early Show” Tuesday morning, declaring both the former Massachusetts governor ’s approach to negative ads and his positions on issues dishonest.

The former House speaker has refused to go negative in ads, even as he attacks his rivals in public for using those tactics. Gingrich has singled out Romney in particular for refusing to disavow negative ads aired by a supportive super PAC.

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Afternoon Fix: Gingrich puts $500,000 in Iowa ads

Gingrich is buying big, Romney and Santorum would vote for Paul, Kaptur and Kucinich are ready to battle and Jindal is robocalling.

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Frontrunners stay (mostly) positive as super PACs do dirty work

Frontrunners stay (mostly) positive as super PACs do dirty work

The leading candidates for the Republican presidential nomination continue to churn out positive television ad after positive television ad, even on the eve of the first ballots being cast in a close race in Iowa.

So is this the end of negative campaigning?

Hardly.

According to the Post’s handy “Mad Money” campaign ad tracker, the ad war between Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich has been a veritable love fest. Every ad run by Gingrich has been positive, and 87 percent of Romney’s ads have been positive.

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Republicans showcase wives in pre-Christmas, pre-Iowa ads

A few days before Christmas, the wives of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and ex-Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney are all featured in their husband’s political ads.

All three Republican candidates have something to gain from highlighting their spouses just two weeks shy of the first-in-the-nation Iowa voting on Jan. 3.

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Afternoon Fix: Gingrich issues challenge to Romney

Gingrich wants Romney to denounce his supporters, Bobby Jindal helps Rick Perry out, Scott Brown is still after the House GOP, and Obama isn’t playing poker.

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Newt Gingrich fights back in Iowa

Newt Gingrich fights back in Iowa

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is spending $242,000 ona week’s worth of television ads in Iowa, according to a Republican media buyer, as he seeks to combat massive spending against him in the run-up to the Jan. 3 caucuses.

The money will go to 30-second spots airing from tomorrow through next Monday. The focus is on Des Moines — the average person will see the Gingrich ad ten times in a week in that market — but there will also be heavy rotation in Cedar Rapids and Sioux City with smaller buys in Davenport and the Rochester-Mason City market. Gingrich is also airing ads on Fox News, ESPN and the History Channel.

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Pro-Romney super PAC launching $3.1 million ad campaign in Iowa

Pro-Romney super PAC launching $3.1 million ad campaign in Iowa

A super PAC supporting Mitt Romney is set to begin a $3.1 million ad campaign in Iowa, with its first ad taking aim at President Obama.

The ad, which is sponsored by a group known as “Restore our Future” that is populated by former Romney campaign aides, goes after Obama’s background, suggesting the president hasn’t ever created jobs in any phase of his professional life. It then contrasts that background with Romney’s decades in the private sector and his experience “rescuing” the Salt Lake City Olympics.

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Rick Perry ad condemns Obama’s ‘war on religion’

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is out with a new television ad in Iowa that accuses President Obama of engaging in a “war on religion” and criticizes his decision to overturn the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy for gays in the military.

“I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m a Christian,” the Texas governor says in the spot. “But you don’t have to be in the pew every Sunday to know that there’s something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military, but our kids can’t openly celebrate Christmas or pray in school. As president, I’ll end Obama’s war on religion, and I’ll fight against liberal attacks on our religious heritage.”

Bill Burton, a former Obama White House aide who now runs a super PAC supportive of the president, tweeted that the Perry ad was “astonishingly intolerant”.

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Rick Perry mocks “Oops” moment in new TV ad

Rick Perry mocks “Oops” moment in new TV ad

Give Texas Gov. Rick Perry this much: He’s got a sense of humor.

In a new television ad that will run in Iowa, a clip of Perry forgetting the third department he would eliminate if elected president is shown. Then Perry himself appears on screen and says “department of Energy”. (That’s the department he forgot.)

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2012 campaign ad spending tops $23 million

2012 campaign ad spending tops $23 million

More than $23 million has been spent on campaign television ads so far in the 2012 election with the conservative-aligned outside group American Crossroads accounting for nearly half of that total, according to an analysis of data by the Washington Post.

American Crossroads, which is incorporated as a super PAC, and its affiliate Crossroads GPS, a not-for-profit organization, have dumped $11.2 million into television ads in states across the country as of Nov. 20. Crossroads has focused its spending, not surprisingly, in and around the Washington, D.C. media market — $1.2 million in ad disbursements — but has also spent big money in the Denver ($805,000) and Tampa ($539,000) media markets.

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Mitt Romney raises the Iowa stakes

Mitt Romney raises the Iowa stakes

The news that Mitt Romney is going up with television ads in Iowa clears up any doubt that the former Massachusetts governor is making a real play to win the state’s caucuses and, in so doing, virtually ensure that he will be the Republican presidential nominee.

Romney’s campaign — both publicly and privately — sought to downplay the significance of the new ad campaign, insisting that this was always part of a slow-build strategy in a state where polling suggests the race is totally wide open.

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Herman Cain and the top 10 most bizarre political ads (Video)

The whole political world is talking about an odd political Web ad released by Herman Cain’s presidential campaign.

In it, Cain campaign manager Mark Block riffs on why Cain should be president and then takes a drag off of a cigarette. Cain is shown full-screen for the ad’s final ten seconds — finally cracking a smile.

So, yeah, it’s kind of strange.

While Cain’s ad is certainly — very — odd it’s only the latest iteration of the increasingly strange ways in which political candidates try to drive interest and excitement in their campaigns.

Below are ten of our favorites television and Web ads for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy.

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Santorum targets Romney, Perry and Cain with new ad

Santorum targets Romney, Perry and Cain with new ad

Rick Santorum’s presidential campaign takes on all three of the GOP’s leading candidates in a new radio ad set to run in Iowa.

The former Pennsylvania senator’s ad, which was produced by top GOP ad firm BrabenderCox and obtained in advance by The Fix, hits Mitt Romney for “his government-run Romneycare,” says Rick Perry is “dead wrong” on giving in-state tuition to the children of illegal immigrants, and accuses Herman Cain of “strongly” supporting “the Wall Street bailouts.”

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