Super PACs Already Impacting November Elections
Crossroads, a Political Action Committee (PAC), has ambitious goals. They have stated a goal of $200 million plus for the 2012 campaigns, with most of that money allocated to make sure the president only gets one term.
“President Obama has failed Ohio with an unfocused economic plan which has burdened every man, woman and child with incredible debt,” said Crossroads GPS spokesperson Nate Hodson. “Obama should be held accountable to focus on real solutions to put the more than 450,000 Ohioans without jobs back to work.”
Crossroads recently announced that it plans to spend $1.7 million on ads against Obama and his current energy policies in six battleground states, including Ohio.
Already, one of Crossroads’ ads can be seen across Ohio’s TV networks. The ad, titled “Too Much,” focuses on a claim that the president made earlier last month at Ohio State University.
“Under my administration, America is producing more oil today than at any time in the last eight years – at any time. That’s a fact,” said Obama.
Obama went on to say that America’s dependence on foreign oil “has gone down every single year” since his term began in 2009, but that no matter how much the U.S. drilled, they would still be somewhat dependent on oil imports.
“Too Much” fires back at Obama, stating that he benefited from past energy policies put in place by former President George W. Bush and that Obama needs to stop “taking credit for others’ hard work.”
According to Politifact.com however, Obama has a point.
In 2011, 2,065,366,000 barrels of oil were produced domestically, which was indeed at an eight year high. Output in January of this year, which was 188.9 million barrels, was also the highest in any given month since August 1998.
But Crossroads may be right in the fact that Obama’s role in domestic oil production is limited at best.
Most of the increase in domestic oil production came from state or privately-owned lands, with about 150 million barrels more produced in 2011 compared to 2010. Federal-owned land, however, decreased in production by 83 million barrels last year, reaching 646 million, consistent with the nine year average.
Yet, Crossroads has other goals than just attacking Obama’s energy policies.
“President Obama is putting the full muscle of the White House and his campaign into framing the debate,” said Hodson. “Their intent is to change the subject from his track record, and we aim to keep the focus on the debate where it belongs.”
Karl Rove, former Deputy Chief of Staff to Bush, has been linked to Crossroads, most recently when he visited Hamilton County for an Ohio GOP-sponsored dinner. Yet, according to Hodson, Rove is simply just “an informal advisor” and that he plays no part in “the day-to-day management.”
The PAC was founded in 2010, along with a sister organization called American Crossroads. The goals of American Crossroads are similar to those of Crossroads which are “renewing America’s commitment to individual liberty, limited government, free enterprise and a strong national defense through informed and effective political action.”
American Crossroads also recently criticized Obama’s energy policies with a $175,000 ad in Ohio and West Virginia that claims Obama is trying to “destroy the coal industry for thousands of hard working families in coal country.”
In order to fund these ads, Crossroads and American Crossroads are funded by contributions from private individuals and corporations. Hodson also pointed out that there is no limit to how many contributions Crossroads can receive.Share