A nonprofit conservative political group is buttressing efforts by Mitt Romney and a Republican super PAC to label President Barack Obama as "out of touch."
Americans for Prosperity debuted a new TV ad in political swing states Wednesday -- including North Carolina -- that repeats Obama's comment that the "private sector is doing fine." (In fact, the ad puts the line on remix and repeats it three times.)
Dallas Woodhouse, state director for AFP, said the group spent $1 million to air the ad in all North Carolina TV markets. The ad is the 19th in the presidential election, including two new ones from Obama Wednesday.
The ad technically is not a campaign commercial because it doesn't mention "vote for" or "vote against" any candidate, instead asking viewers to call the White House and express their displeasure with Obama. A recent investigation by the Center for Public Integrity and the Center for Responsive Politics found clandestine nonprofit groups like AFP outspent the much-discussed super PACs in the 2010 election. And unlike superPACs, these nonprofits are not required to disclose their donors.
Romney is not allowed to coordinate with the superPAC or the political nonprofit -- but the groups are conveniently pushing his message.