Obama Super PAC strikes back at ad attacking the president’s energy record

posted at 5:50 pm on April 2, 2012 by Tina Korbe

Remember that gas price ad Barack Obama didn’t want you to see? You saw it anyway — and, thanks to a $3.6 million ad buy by the American Energy Alliance (the group behind the ad), so did viewers in the crucial swing states of Florida, Colorado, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio and Virginia.

Because they can’t rebut the facts of the ad, Democrats continue with their attack-the-messenger strategy. Obama’s Super PAC, Priorities USA, today released an ad that links Mitt Romney to the U.S. oil industry:

The super PAC backing President Obama has joined an intensifying battleground state skirmish over high gas prices and oil company subsidies.

new TV ad by Priorities USA Action links Mitt Romney to the U.S. oil industry, which it claims has been underwriting the assault on Obama to defend billions of dollars in taxpayer cash.

“Who’s behind this ad smearing President Obama? Big Oil, that’s who,” says the narrator in the 30-second spot that’s airing in eight states – Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio and Virginia.

“The money they make from high gas prices – is going right into Mitt Romney’s campaign,” the ad says.

Romney opposes eliminating tax incentives and subsidies for the major U.S. oil companies, even as they have reported record profits in recent months.  Obama wants to end the practice and invest the money on development of renewable energy sources instead.

At issue here is not who is funding whose campaign, but whether the president’s energy policies have been a boon or a burden for the average U.S. energy consumer. Up to this point, they very clearly have been a burden. As he has rewarded his preferred energy producers and punished his least favorite producers, he has wasted taxpayer dollars and sacrificed the creation of badly-needed jobs.

The president’s repeated “solution” to high gas prices is to eliminate tax breaks for big oil companies. Even that suggestion — as welcome as it must be to those who oppose crony capitalism no matter who the cronies are — is hypocritical on the president’s part. He’s not proposing to eliminate energy subsidies; he’s simply proposing to eliminate subsidies for oil companies. Never mind that the tax code already favors expensive and unfeasible renewables over affordable and available oil as it is.

Furthermore, if the elimination of tax breaks for oil companies is unaccompanied by corporate tax reform to lower rates, oil companies actually have less incentive to lower prices. Their correct goal is to maximize profits: How would increasing the amount of money they must pay in taxes motivate them to lower prices?

Again, though, the Democratic rebuttal to the original ad by the American Energy Alliance has so far not included a defense of the president’s actual policies — just accusations that concerned energy producers are voting with their dollars for a candidate who wouldn’t punish their industry. As long as they do want to talk about who is funding whose advertising, then, why don’t we revive an old outrage? Remember when President Obama said Super PACs are a “threat to our democracy“? What makes Priorities USA different from any other Super PAC?


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First!

Natebo on April 2, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Money meets money.

May the best man win.

The era of carpet-bombing being a one way streak is over.

We will fight fire with fire.

liberal4life on April 2, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Hope & Change!

KOOLAID2 on April 2, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Funemployment and high gas prices = Success.

Bishop on April 2, 2012 at 5:54 PM

First!

Natebo on April 2, 2012 at 5:54 PM

???

Bishop on April 2, 2012 at 5:55 PM

Money meets money.

May the best man win.

The era of carpet-bombing being a one way streak is over.

We will fight fire with fire.

liberal4life on April 2, 2012 at 5:54 PM

…..said the little carpet muncher!

KOOLAID2 on April 2, 2012 at 5:55 PM

Funemployment and high gas prices = Success.

Bishop on April 2, 2012 at 5:54 PM

With the conditions you just mentioned why isn’t Mr etch-a-sketch 30 points ahead in the polls?

liberal4life on April 2, 2012 at 5:55 PM

The president’s repeated “solution” to high gas prices is to eliminate tax breaks for big oil companies.
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Oh but he tried!

canopfor on April 2, 2012 at 5:56 PM

I’m scared the lefties might say meanie things about our nominee..waa waa waa

gatorboy on April 2, 2012 at 5:56 PM

Again, though, the Democratic rebuttal to the original ad by the American Energy Alliance has so far not included a defense of the president’s actual policies — just accusations that concerned energy producers are voting with their dollars for a candidate who wouldn’t punish their industry.

Hold the phone–Obama didn’t offer a defense against the accusations, just a non sequitur conterattack? This is truly unprecedented, my friends.

Kataklysmic on April 2, 2012 at 5:57 PM

I think we need a “Road Warrior” type ad where we are in a post Obama society, chasing down a Fuel tanker and fighting for gas.

portlandon on April 2, 2012 at 5:59 PM

How would increasing the amount of money they must pay in taxes motivate them to lower prices?

Because every liberal KNOWS that corporations NEVER pass on HIGHER taxes to the consumer.

Just ask Barry. He’s counting on it!

GarandFan on April 2, 2012 at 6:01 PM

If I was Romney I’d hit him twice as hard. It’s obviously a sore spot.

Murf76 on April 2, 2012 at 6:02 PM

With the conditions you just mentioned why isn’t Mr etch-a-sketch 30 points ahead in the polls?

libtard4life on April 2, 2012 at 5:55 PM

Well, for starters, the Left-wing bias of the “mainstream” media plays a big part in what truths get buried and what lies and distortions and talking points get endlessly promoted.

cicerone on April 2, 2012 at 6:04 PM

With the conditions you just mentioned why isn’t Mr etch-a-sketch 30 points ahead in the polls?

liberal4life on April 2, 2012 at 5:55 PM

You should be asking why the first really clean, articulate black politician is so low in the polls considering just how popular his signature legislation is.

Bishop on April 2, 2012 at 6:05 PM

Oh, but look how pretty Michelle looked last night!

22044 on April 2, 2012 at 6:06 PM

Oops…..Meanwhile back at the Fundraising Ranch!
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A major donor to President Barack Obama has been accused of defrauding a businessman and impersonating a bank official, creating new headaches for Obama’s re-election campaign as it deals with the questionable history of another top supporter.

The New York donor, Abake Assongba, and her husband contributed more than $50,000 to Obama’s re-election effort this year, federal records show. But Assongba is also fending off a civil court case in Florida, where she’s accused of thieving more than $650,000 to help build a multimillion-dollar home in the state — a charge her husband denies.(more..)
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canopfor on April 2, 2012 at 6:07 PM

I’m scared the lefties might say meanie things about our nominee..waa waa waa

gatorboy on April 2, 2012 at 5:56 PM

You mean, things that are as mean as the things the base say about Romney?!?

The Nerve on April 2, 2012 at 6:08 PM

With the conditions you just mentioned why isn’t Mr etch-a-sketch 30 points ahead in the polls?

liberal4life on April 2, 2012 at 5:55 PM

Maybe he is. Certainly can’t trust the Obamamedia polls. But of course, you know that. See you on election day!

Rational Thought on April 2, 2012 at 6:12 PM

You mean, things that are as mean as the things the base say about Romney?!?

The Nerve on April 2, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Since when is it wrong for the Conservative base to attack liberals?

portlandon on April 2, 2012 at 6:12 PM

We will fight fire with fire.

liberal4life on April 2, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Your side can’t shoot worth bragging about.

Schadenfreude on April 2, 2012 at 6:16 PM

The gratifying thing is, fewer people these days are watching media where these ads are shown. Fewer people will experience those ads this cycle than experienced them last cycle.

crosspatch on April 2, 2012 at 6:23 PM

Not a bad ad

but it wouldn’t matter if our candidate was worth a poop, and his strategists and ex strategists did not destroy any true viability he had as a candidate, if he ever had it in the first place.

There is a reason he never got elected before he sucks. why run a guy who never wins? why run a guy with same signature legislation as Obama? because they want to lose.

boogaleesnots on April 2, 2012 at 6:24 PM

he’s simply proposing to eliminate subsidies for oil companies.

There are no subsidies given to oil companies!!

They get the same business deductions that every other industry gets. We are letting them win the language war every time subsidies are conflated with standard business tax deductions.

iurockhead on April 2, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Money meets money.

May the best man win.

The era of carpet-bombing being a one way streak is over.

We will fight fire with fire.

liberal4life on April 2, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Would that be the streak in your panties the morning after the first Tuesday in November? The Tuesday where the liberal mind explodes with despair?

Yoop on April 2, 2012 at 6:29 PM

Because the oil companies want to make less money under romney than obama?

Does anyone else realize how stupid the argument is? Only liberals will buy it.

aniptofar on April 2, 2012 at 6:32 PM

Underestimate the “profits from high gas prices to finance Mitt Romney’s campaign” line at your risk. It’s a very basic lie and those stick in people’s minds best. In addition to the fact that Romney doesn’t disclose his donors… It could be Saudi kings for all we know… :-/ just saying it will be an effective attack when you start to connect the dots.

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on April 2, 2012 at 6:35 PM

We will fight fire with fire.

liberal4life on April 2, 2012 at 5:54 PM

OMG!!! a “military metaphor” you’re inciting hate and violence!!! What about Gabby Giffords!!!
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If you’re going to set a fire, I need to know the amount of carbon you plan to emit. Do you have an EPA permit? Have you recieved a burn permit from the township/fire dept? Why are you incinerating your refuse instead of composting it? Will there be mitigation of the fumes? What harmful petrochemical will you be using as an accelerant? What is your contanment plan if things go awry? Do you carry liability insurance in case the fire spreads to adjacent property?

Green_Bay_Packers on April 2, 2012 at 6:35 PM

i hope the Rs man up and really attack obama. libs like l4l have always had a privileged life in that their guys were always ‘the smartest’ and had ‘the most vision’ and so, over the years, feel that they are ‘entitled’ to run the country with half-baked ideas supported by plutocrats, cronies and corruption which lines the pockets of every leftist across the nation.

r keller on April 2, 2012 at 6:45 PM

The era of carpet-bombing being a one way streak is over.

liberal4life on April 2, 2012 at 5:54 PM

One way streak?? I think it means one way street..?

Good god it is stupid. I think we see why it’s liberal for life.

thirtyandseven on April 2, 2012 at 6:48 PM

What makes Priorities USA different from any other Super PAC?

silly rabbit, they prop up dear leader…of course they don’t belong with those evil gop super pacs…they are awesome

cmsinaz on April 2, 2012 at 6:55 PM

i hope the Rs man up and really attack obama.

r keller on April 2, 2012 at 6:45 PM

from your keyboard rk….

cmsinaz on April 2, 2012 at 6:56 PM

and who collected the most campaign cash from BP?

oh yeah, dear leader

cmsinaz on April 2, 2012 at 7:10 PM

OBAMA: Ignore my disastrous policies!

The other guy is evil! Evil! EVIL!!!

My record is not the issue!

Did I mention my opponent is EVIL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

profitsbeard on April 2, 2012 at 7:36 PM

We will fight fire with fire.

liberal4life on April 2, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Settle down, your messiah wants civility…..OH WAIT, that was just for our side…carry on….

hillsoftx on April 2, 2012 at 8:10 PM

We will fight fire with fire.

liberal4life on April 2, 2012 at 5:54 PM

That’s great…unfortunately you can’t bring fire onto a debate, you will have to rely on your intellect…and that my friend is where you will lose…no matter who the Republican candidate is.

right2bright on April 2, 2012 at 8:58 PM

Democrats think they can re-elect O’blivious using 2008 strategies. Americans have had 3 years to see this imbecile eff up our great country. Nov 6th cannot come soon enough. We are gonna fire this incompetent fool.

JustJP on April 2, 2012 at 9:44 PM

Obama has done so well with ‘the big lie’ but I’m surprised that his lies are finally getting so big that even democrats won’t believe them.

ElRonaldo on April 3, 2012 at 4:12 AM

Obama continues to want to push and end dependency on/use of fossil fuels in favor of alternative energy sources, such as solar and wind energy. obama stated it was time to stop giving subsidies to energy companies who cost to much and who have a bad track record for success….while yet ANOTHER energy company he backed and funded with tax payer money files for Bankruptcy. There are a total of 12 alternative energy companies Obama has heavily funded with tax payer dollars that have or are about to file for bankruptcy. Obama’s track record for picking ‘winners’ absolutely $ucks, but his big time donors who are profitting from his cash infussions into these companies in which they have invested are about the only ones profitting from ‘alternative energy’.

easyt65 on April 3, 2012 at 9:13 AM

“The president’s repeated “solution” to high gas prices is to eliminate tax breaks for big oil companies.” Proof that Obama has no economic sense.

sadatoni on April 3, 2012 at 12:38 PM

Liberals cannot fight fire with fire because we conservatives have all the fire. What is a libeal gonna do…slap us to death!!!!

logicman_1998 on April 3, 2012 at 4:20 PM