- American Crossroads and its nonprofit arm, Crossroads GPS (Karl Rove et al): $180M
> (plus $76M on Senate races)
- Restore Our Future, a super PAC founded by former Romney advisers: $91M
- Americans for Prosperity and American Future Fund (Charles and David Koch) $66M
- Sheldon Adelson and his wife, Miriam: $53M
- Harold Simmons and his wife, Annette: $24M
- Bob Perry: $21M
- Joe Ricketts: $13M
- Thomas Petterfy: $2.8M
The article goes on to say:
"These ads didn't have a recurring theme, and they weren't particularly good," Geer said. "I was surprised that the super PACs ran a huge amount of ads that collectively were uninspired."
Geer and other critics also said the various groups' ads worked at cross purposes with the Romney campaign and with one another.
Some Republican-favoring spots assailed Obama on spending and tax policy while others went after him on Solyndra, the green energy company that received millions in federal loan guarantees but ended up going bust. Still other ads criticized the president on welfare reform.
The disparate messages may have become muddled for voters.
"The Republican groups could have made a difference," said Bill Burton, whose pro-Obama super PAC, Priorities USA Action, spent about $67 million on ads. "Instead they blew through money with discordant messages and an erratic spending strategy."
It's not just the money, it's how you spend it.
I guess a few folks aren't going to get the Ambassadorships they were wanting...