“Blood Money”: The New Anti-Romney Ad by Newt Gingrich-Supporting SuperPac

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Jan. 27 2012 5:37 PM

“Blood Money”: The New Anti-Romney Ad by Newt Gingrich-Supporting SuperPac

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Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney addresses a speech to the Hispanic Leadership Network at Doral Golf Resort in Miami, Florida, January 27, 2012. Florida will hold its Republican primary on January 31, 2012. AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel Dunand (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

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Newt Gingrich’s campaign supporters aim to cut deep in the battle against Mitt Romney.

Winning Our Future, a Super PAC supporting the former house speaker, is releasing a mini-documentary called “Blood Money.” The seven-minute negative ad focuses on Romney’s connection to Damon Corp, a company that paid millions in fines for Medicare fraud.

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While Romney was never personally implicated in the scandal that embroiled Damon Corp, fact-checking site PolitiFact has rated a separate ad drawing the same connections as “Mostly True.”

Will the seven-minute negative ad do damage? After what pundits are calling his best debate performances thus far, Romney is ahead of Gingrich in the latest Florida polling. But national polls have Gingrich pulling ahead as far as 10 points. The sunshine state may not be the end, and it could still get bloodier. Already candidates are looking toward Maine and Nevada primaries in February. 

Ben Johnson is the producer of Marketplace Tech from American Public Media.