Whoever came up with the idea of Super PACs needs to go the way of the dinosaur. They have supported campaigns which should have died. Without the Super PACs would the Republican Party have better candidates? Something to ponder because most Republicans I know think this primary has been a debacle.
Only other time I have heard so many negative ads here was in 2004 when the Democrat ran such ads against Dr. Coburn for Senate. More and more the Romney campaign reminds me of Democrats and their 'scorched earth' but then the Romney Super PAC did hire the person responsible for the Willie Horton ad used against Dukakis by Bush 41.
Tomorrow the good people of AL and MS can celebrate the fact that Presidential primary ads are going to disappear off their airwaves.
How Romney can think this brings him supporters is beyond me. His 'ya'll' along with his 'grits' comments which I found offensive out of the New England liberal shows how far he will go to pander for votes. A lot of people in New England have great disdain for the south and Middle America not to mention southern California. Never saw such arrogance, rudeness, and disdain for the rest of the Country as I did when my husband was on an Industry assignment for the Air Force in Massachusetts.
This Republican primary has been about the wealthy donors determining who stays in the race and who has to exit the stage. It is no way to run a primary. We have four years to get it right after this because no way should the Republican Party be stuck with a candidate because he and his Super PAC run the most negative ads to drive down the numbers of other candidates. What a poor excuse for a primary we are witnessing and it is not getting over anytime soon.
We will have a brokered convention? Who knows when the RNC Chair has not demanded that FL proportion their delegates like the rules require!
Stay tuned for more of this nonsense in the days ahead -- condolences to the states ahead that get to endure all these ads. My advice turn off all broadcast media as you are going to want to throw your radios and TVs out the window with all the negative ads.
Super-PACs Dominate Republican Ads Aired in Alabama, Mississippi
Monday, 12 Mar 2012 06:29 PM
Television advertisements in Alabama and Mississippi aiding Republican presidential contenders have been paid for almost exclusively by independent political action committees rather than the candidates’ campaigns.
So-called Super-PACs supplied 91 percent of the 5,592 campaign ads that aired on broadcast television stations in the two states in the past 30 days, according to data from New York- based Kantar Media’s CMAG, which tracks advertising.
Super-PACs are dominating the spending on television because they can collect unlimited contributions and replenish their treasuries more easily than candidate committees, which are limited to raising $2,500 per donor for the primaries.
Super-PACs are “providing the campaign advertising that the candidates can’t afford,” Anthony Corrado, a political scientist at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, said in a podcast March 9 on the website of the Brookings Institution, a research center in Washington.
Restore Our Future, a super-PAC backing Romney, aired ads 2,098 times in Alabama, compared with 279 spots from Romney’s campaign, according to CMAG.
Winning Our Future, which supports Gingrich, aired ads 411 times in Alabama, compared with 131 ads by Gingrich’s campaign. Santorum’s campaign hasn’t aired broadcast ads in Alabama; the Red White and Blue Fund that backs him aired ads 282 times.
In Mississippi, Restore Our Future paid for 1,548 ads, compared with 454 for Winning Our Future and 300 for Red White and Blue Fund, CMAG data show. Gingrich, with 89 spots, is the only candidate who has aired broadcast ads in Mississippi.
Restore Our Future aired 65 percent of all ads in Alabama and Mississippi, CMAG data show.
The PAC had $16.3 million in leftover funds at the end of January, Federal Election Commission data show.
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