Crossroads GPS Purchases $25 million in advertising
On Wednesday, the campaign battle on the air became more intense. Crossroads GPS, a conservative advocacy group lined with cash is spending $25 million more in advertising on the television to let viewers know of President Barack Obama’s many broken promises.
The ad purchase matches what the Obama reelection campaign announced it was purchasing last week for the month of May on television. On Thursday, the new spots of Crossroads GPS start to air in a number of battleground states in the U.S. In one, a narrator says that President Obama promised a great deal. Music plays in the background and the commercial says that Obama failed to meet his promises like cutting the deficit and that he raised taxes. The ad ends by saying that solutions are needed not only promises.
The ad was called deceptive in nature by the Democratic National Committee. It noted that Obama has lowered taxes during his first term and that he inherited a huge deficit from his predecessor.
Crossroads and sister super PAC American Crossroad, is the largest among many conservative groups that are leading a charge against the President on the nation’s airwaves. Together it is estimated the two will spend over $300 million during the campaign this year.
In April, the groups said over $99.8 million had been raised thus far. Of that, close to $71 million was raised through Crossroads, which as a social welfare organization (501(c)4) it is not required to disclose where the money came from or who the donors are.
Its ability to maintain anonymity for its donors has helped attract huge sums of money. Two individual donations totalled $10 million apiece.