$10 Million GOP Super-PAC Advertising Plan Leaked

Thursday, May 17, 2012

We all know that we're living in the era of the super PAC. And we're now facing the first presidential election since the Supreme Court decision in the Citizens United case, the ruling that the American government couldn't stop political spending by large corporations and labor unions in election campaigns.

According to our partner, The New York Times, there's a costly advertising plan underway to attack President Obama in ways never seen before. Jeff Zeleny is a national political correspondent for our partner The New York Times.

Guests:

Jeff Zeleny

Produced by:

Javier Guzman and Elizabeth Ross

Comments [2]

Charles

There is a consistent pattern of poor reporting on public radio, about the Citizens United decision.

Citizens United v. FEC had nothing to do with so-called Super PACs.

The phenomenon of Super PACs came out of a case called SpeechNow.org v, FEC, and it was a U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals case, not a Supreme court case.

Moreover, today's story had nothing apparently to do with corporate spending within a limited time period prior to and election. Rahter, it was typical of the general Super PAC spednig phenomenon in 2012; which is that very little coprorate money is going into Super PACs. It is virtually all individual-donor money that is going into Super PACs, and that issue (individual donations) was not a subject of the Citizens United decision.

Now I have a question for The Takeaway. What do you call an independent organization, not formally connected with any campaign, with semi-secret funding, and a budget of about $10 million or more, using the media for ideological electioneering? I call such an organization, "WNYC."

May. 17 2012 11:28 AM
Seth from NYC

Jeff Zeleny raises an interesting point when he reminds us that the Swift Boat ads targeting John Kerry gained widespread attention despite a relatively small ($4 million) advertising spend. Based on today's story it appears that the Ending Spending Action Fund may get similar attention for their message even before they've even created an ad, let alone spent any money airing it. It's interesting how in this age of perpetual campaign fundraising and outsized SuperPAC spending, the way to widespread attention may not be through money at all, but through leaks and messages that strike a chord with a public hunger for inflammatory messaging and a media happy to sate it.

May. 17 2012 08:31 AM

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