Super PAC Mentality

Politico’s Morning Score on Friday tallied up the Super Tuesday spending spree of the Grand Old PACs in the Republican presidential primary:

SUPER TUESDAY AIR WAR – TV, RADIO SPENDING NOW TOPS $6 MILLION: “Mitt Romney’s campaign and super PAC account for a big majority of the spending. The Romney campaign has shelled out $1,486,960, while Restore Our Future has put in $2,369,244. That totals nearly $3.9 million – massively more than any other single campaign or group has spent in the state,” Alex Burns reports, based on a GOP media-buying source. “The pro-Gingrich super PAC Winning Our Future has put in $736,044. Rick Santorum’s campaign has spent just $386,669, while his super PAC has put in $515,937. That means the pro-Romney forces have outspent the pro-Gingrich and pro-Santorum forces, combined, by more than two to one.

But wait – there’s more!

There are other, non-campaign groups playing a role in the state. The Susan B. Anthony List is airing six figures’ worth of ads boosting Santorum. The Obama super PAC Priorities USA Action is running anti-Romney ads in Columbus. And AFSCME has shelled out $327,685 to ding up Romney – nearly as much as the Santorum campaign.” http://politi.co/wLmoHN

So the hardworking staff went looking for the Grand Othah Playahs. And here’s what we found.

The Susan B. Anthony List is currently running this $150,000 radio campaign:

 

Priorities USA Action is running this TV spot with a paltry $60,000 buy in the Columbus market:


And AFSCME is running this ad, to the tune of $327,000:

 

To paraphrase:

That’s the political world. Why would we want to live in it?

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