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HUFFPOST FUNDRACE - Super PAC Oops

12/09/2011 07:01 pm ET | Updated Dec 11, 2011

Oops... The pro-Mitt Romney super PAC accidentally leaked an anti-Newt Gingrich ad onto the web last night. The ad is a brutal take down of the former Speaker of the House that features nearly every line of attack brought up against Gingrich in the past few months save for his multiple affairs, divorces, and marriages. [HuffPost]

They may like Mitt Romney, but they have to support Rick Perry. Texas-based donors to Perry don't want to cross their powerful governor in his floundering presidential bid, so they're waiting for him to drop out before they give to another candidate. [ABC]

Michele Bachmann dropped by a donor cultivation event for the Legacy Political Fund, which is founded and chaired by Rick Perry's biggest bundler, George Seay III. As HuffPost's Christina Wilkie writes, "For Perry, this has to sting, right? When your top bundler and your rival meet with rich evangelical Christian conservatives without you?"

Elizabeth Warren hits back against the Rove-backed Crossroads GPS for their most recent attack ads claiming that Warren is a softie on the banks. [HuffPost]

HuffPost's tally of the air war in Massachusetts continues thanks to Boston Patch, who have been keeping track of the ad buys for us.

Elizabeth Warren (D) Support: $417,655 Oppose: $357,422
Scott Brown (R) Support: None recorded yet. Oppose: $1,122,115

Newt Gingrich always finds a way to make a buck. He's using his campaign to do it too. [NYT]

A third party with no candidate that is secretly funded by Wall Street billionaires. That's exactly what the American people are looking for! [Salon]

The best parodies of the Rick Perry anti-gay ad. You know you want to watch them.

Majority PAC, the Democratic super PAC backing Senate candidates, threw $281,068 at more campaign ads to support Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) for reelection.

CAMPAIGN VIDEOS

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Committee: Restore Our Future
Candidate opposed: Newt Gingrich
Spot: "Smiling" -- Why is Barack Obama smiling? That's the question this accidentally leaked ad from the pro-Mitt Romney super PAC seeks to answer in this biting ad. The answer is that Newt Gingrich looks like he might win the GOP nomination and he's got a lot of baggage. The spot then goes into a recitation of negatives stories about Gingrich including taking money from Freddie Mac and health care companies, supporting a national health care mandate, favoring "amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants," and cutting a commercial with Nancy Pelosi on climate change.
Link: [http://youtu.be/QpEHU2uoWW8]
Market: Unknown
Buy: Undisclosed

Committee: American Bridge 21st Century and Priorities USA Action
Candidate opposed: Mitt Romney
Spot: "Romney's Desperate Attacks" -- Responding to the anti-Gingrich ad from Restore Our Future the Democratic super PAC duo put together this ad showing Romney's history of running attack ads against fellow Republicans. The video features footage from the 2008 Republican presidential primary of candidates John McCain, Mike Huckabee, and other conservative pundits excoriating Romney for launching attacks against other Republicans.
Link: [http://youtu.be/po-Gr9tzYlU]
Market: YouTube
Buy: None. Just a web video.

Committee: Elizabeth Warren
Candidate supported: Elizabeth Warren
Spot: "Fight Back" -- Elizabeth Warren responds to attack ads run by a non-profit linked to Karl Rove in this video. The Democratic senate candidate says, "We must be doing something right if Karl Rove is attacking us. ... Karl Rove isn't just attacking me. He and his buddies are attacking all of us in Massachusetts who want a level playing field for middle class families."
Link: [http://youtu.be/x4-_nCQKCME]
Market: YouTube
Buy: None. Just a web video.

Committee: Republican National Committee
Candidate opposed: Barack Obama
Spot: "A Fast and Furious Cover-Up" -- This RNC web video highlights the "Fast and Furious" scandal in which the ATF ran a failed sting operation selling guns to Mexican gangs with the intent of tracking them. The agency ultimately lost track of many of the guns, a Border Agent was killed, and the guns were found to have been used in multiple crimes in Mexico. The ad highlights the scandal and asks whether anyone will be held accountable in the Obama administration. The ad makes no mention of the resignations of the ATF chief and the U.S. Attorney for Arizona over the scandal.
Link: [http://youtu.be/-KJ9Hbdo7tc]
Market: YouTube
Buy: None. Just a web video.

Committee: Jon Huntsman for President
Candidate supported: Jon Huntsman
Spot: "Restoring Trust" -- Jon Huntsman believes that, "America is suffering from a deficit of trust." The ad then explains his work for Ronald Reagan and how Reagan always conveyed a "level of trust" to the American people. Huntsman hopes to be a "consistent conservative" like Reagan.
Link: [http://youtu.be/OfHdg2O4rgw]
Market: YouTube
Buy: None. Just a web video.

Committee: Democratic National Committee
Candidate opposed: Mitt Romney
Spot: "#YoungerThanMittsPoliticalCareer" -- The DNC has some fun with a Twitter hash tag that they were playing with on Thursday. This video shows all of the things that are younger than Romney's political career. These include Google, Tickle-Me-Elmo, Dawson's Creek, and the Gingrich Revolution.
Link: [http://youtu.be/Y_OaY8uCTdQ]
Market: YouTube
Buy: None. Just a web video.

TRACKING INDEPENDENT SPENDING IN THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE:

These numbers represent spending by independent groups, like super PACs and non-profits, to support or oppose a particular candidate for the presidency in 2012. Fundrace will update this spending daily to help show which candidates are gaining from the proliferation of independent groups in this coming election.

Mitt Romney (R), $3,100,000 to support, $329,473 to oppose.
Rick Perry (R), $1,472,681 to support, $0 to oppose.
Jon Huntsman (R), $1,455,473 to support, $0 to oppose.
Herman Cain (R), $462,217 to support, $0 to oppose.
Barack Obama (D), $0 to support, $357,929 to oppose.
Gary Johnson (R), $518 to support, $0 to oppose.

RECENT POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE REGISTRATIONS

NH For The Win, Bedford, N.H., Treasurer: Kristin Noble. (Super PAC supporting Ron Paul)
Committee To Elect An Effective Valley Congressman, Los Angeles, Calif., Treasurer: Beverley Grossman Palmer. (Super PAC supporting Rep. Howard Berman)
AmericanLP, New York, N.Y., Treasurer: TJ Walker (Super PAC)
Natixis Global Asset Management PAC, Boston, Mass., Treasurer: Mary Hogan.
Conservative Justice Alliance, Carlinville, Ill., Treasurer: William Hart.

RECENT INDEPENDENT EXPENDITURES

Majority PAC, $281,068 to support Ben Nelson for Senate in Nebraska.

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