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.”

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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