Conservative group launches $20M campaign against Obama

By Laurie Bennett

June 25, 2011 at 8:27am

Crossroads GPS, a conservative group that does not have to identify its contributors, is launching an expensive campaign criticizing President Obama’s positions on jobs and the economy.

The group, an affiliate of American Crossroads, announced Friday that it will spend $20 million on an ad blitz over the next two months.

It has already spent $5 million on an ad that will air nationally on cable and on local stations in states such as Florida, Colorado and Virginia.

Both Crossroads organizations were started by Karl Rove and other conservatives, including Swift Boat backers and supporters of Mitt Romney’s 2008 campaign.

Mike Duncan, chairman of American Crossroads, told reporters that his organization would spend $120 million on the 2012 election cycle.

American Crossroads is a super PAC that has to report its donations. As a 501(c)(4) organization, Crossroads GPS does not have to report the source of funds spent for issues-based advertising.

As the spot below indicates, attacks on issues can look a lot like attacks on candidates.

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