Republicans are starting to use their SuperPAC network for air support in the presidential race, an advantage much feared by Democratic strategists..
Crossroads GPS, the independent group co-founded by Karl Rove, Wednesday announced a $25 million ad buy in Pennsylvania and other battleground states, matching President Obama’s campaign dollar-for-dollar through the end of the month.
The ad argues that Obama has not kept his campaign promises, citing a continued wave of home foreclosures, taxes, the deficit and health care, among other problems that it says have not abated in the past four years.
The Pennsylvania portion of the ad buy is $487,000 and the spot will run from Thursday through May 31, Crossroads GPS said in a statement. The group is prohibited by law from coordinating with Mitt Romney, but any effort it undertakes can only help the campaign of the GOP nominee-in-waiting Mitt Romney conserve resources.
In addition to Pennsylvania, the ad will air in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio and Virginia. Those are the same states Obama targeted in his first major ad buy, with the exception of Michigan.