Americans For Prosperity Also 'Doing Fine'

Americans For Prosperity Also 'Doing Fine'

Americans For Prosperity Also 'Doing Fine'

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June 20 2012 9:06 AM

Americans For Prosperity Also 'Doing Fine'

Americans for Prosperity, the Koch-brothers funded 501(c)(4) "social welfare" nonprofit that has been ripping Barack Obama on the airwaves for months now, is getting in on the "private sector is doing fine" fun, using a new $5.5 million campaign is battleground states to turn up the temperature on the White House. From their release:

ARLINGTON, VA – Today Americans for Prosperity (AFP), the nation’s largest advocate for economic freedom, announced a multi-state ad effort that demonstrates how badly President Obama is out of touch with the real economy.

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“When President Obama said the private sector was doing ‘just fine,’ he surpassed his own bad record of being out of touch with the economic challenges Americans are facing. Our new ad demonstrates just how far removed the president is from the real economy,” said AFP President Tim Phillips. “The fact is the private sector is severely hampered by the specter of rising taxes and new regulations.”

Titled Doing Fine, the new ad begins airing today and will run for ten days in Colorado, Florida, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. Doing Fine calls on President Obama to support the AFP Jobs Agenda, which encompasses a number of policies proven to support a vibrant economy and job creation.

This latest ad effort brings the total amount that AFP has spent educating on President Obama’s disastrous policies to $20 million since last Fall.

Here's the spot:

This follows Romney's Super PAC Restore Our Future putting out an ad with the Obama private sector gaffe yesterday. Though these outside groups can't take official marching orders from the campaigns, they're essentially acting as megaphones, picking up on the same lines of attack as the official TV spots approved by Mitt Romney and Barack Obama and ensuring more voters are exposed to them.

Matt Taylor is a reporter living in Brooklyn. He was the political correspondent for the National Memo and a staff reporter at his hometown newspaper, The East Hampton Star. He's a contributor to Newsweek/The Daily Beast. You can reach him on Twitter @matthewt_ny