12/29/2011 06:43 pm ET | Updated Dec 30, 2011


The candidate-centric super PACs are going on final spending sprees in Iowa while beginning to plot their moves to the next round of states. In specific, the pro-Mitt Romney Restore Our Future PAC is out with a massive ad buy nearly $1 million in Iowa to cover the remaining days before the caucus. The ad hits both Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry for supporting "amnesty" for undocumented immigrants and for their questionable ethics. The group is also spending more on direct mail targeting Gingrich.

Restore Our Future is also buying up time in both South Carolina, the third voting state in the primaries, and Florida, the fourth voting state. The super PAC has already spent more than $500,000 in Florida and is going to run the same anti-Gingrich/anti-Perry ad that it is running in Iowa.

A super PAC that has thrown it's weight behind Newt Gingrich in recent days is planning on moving on to South Carolina. The Strong America Now Super PAC has been blasting Mitt Romney as the "second most dangerous man in America" in mailers to Iowa homes and is planning on doing the same in the Palmetto state. [NatJo]

The chair of the Iowa Republican Party has stepped down from the board of the non-profit arm of Strong America Now over their attacks on Romney. [Iowa Republican]

Another Gingrich super PAC is attacking Charles Krauthammer of all people. [Politico]

Another pro-Rick Santorum super PAC has emerged in the final days before the caucus. The group, Leaders for Families, features Iowa social conservative kingmaker Bob Vander Plaats in both a television and radio ad comparing Santorum to the previous caucus winner and evangelical star Mike Huckabee. The group's lawyer is Jim Bopp, a noted opponent of both abortion and campaign finance laws. [HuffPost]

Despite the negative turn in the Republican primary in the past few weeks one man has remained unscathed and untouched: Ron Paul. [Weekly Standard]

The Gingrich campaign reports that they will raise $9 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. That's almost twice what they raised in the previous two quarters combined. [ABC]

Jim Messina, the campaign manager for President Obama's reelection, says that claims the campaign will raise $1 billion are "bullshit" in a new web video. This comes after people around the Obama campaign had circulated rumors of a $1 billion campaign. The president is expected to announce that his campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) have combined to raise around $200 million for the entirety of 2011. They will raise more than that in 2012.


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Committee: Rick Perry for President
Spot: "Fox" -- This ad from Rick Perry blasts Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, and Michele Bachmann for their service in Congress. "The fox guarding the hen house is like asking a congressman to fix Washington," the ad says while displaying pictures of the four candidates. Perry then pivots to his idea for a part-time Congress.
Link: [http://youtu.be/NEaVhH-Rai4]
Market: Iowa.
Buy: Undisclosed.

Committee: Rick Perry for President
Spot: "Win Iowa" -- Perry's closing ad in Iowa features the candidate talking to the camera about his work creating jobs in Texas and fighting, what he calls, "Obama's war on religion."
Link: [http://youtu.be/37tGkW1OIWU]
Market: Iowa.
Buy: Undisclosed.

Committee: Rick Perry for President
Candidate opposed: Rick Santorum
Spot: "Game Show" -- This radio ad airing in Iowa attacks Rick Santorum, who is presently rising in the polls, for his support for earmarks when he served in Congress. The ad hits Santorum for voting for a bill containing the Bridge to Nowhere, demanding $1 billion in earmarks, and for saying, "I have had a lot of earmarks. In fact, I'm very proud of all the earmarks I put in bills."
Link: [http://youtu.be/XApvbISkJeE]
Market: Iowa.
Buy: Undisclosed.

Committee: Restore Our Future
Candidate opposed: Newt Gingrich
Spot: "Whoops" -- Another anti-Gingrich ad courtesy of the pro-Romney Restore Our Future. This ad hits Gingrich for his repeated statements that he has made mistakes in his life. "Haven't we had enough mistakes?" the ad asks.
Link: [http://youtu.be/4ZozB_8vnL8]
Market: Unknown.
Buy: Undisclosed.

Committee: Rick Santorum for President
Spot: "Best Chance" -- Santorum's closing campaign ad, and one of the few he has ran in his presidential bid, calls him the best chance to beat Obama. Santorum is a "full-spectrum conservative" who is "rock solid on values issues."
Link: [http://youtu.be/3fKXkAhAFts]
Market: Iowa.
Buy: Undisclosed.

Committee: Jon Huntsman for President
Candidate opposed: Ron Paul
Spot: "Unelectable" -- Huntsman, who's campaign has cut more negative web videos than any of his rivals, puts together this ad blasting Ron Paul over his newsletters from the 1980s and 90s that featured racist, homophobic, and conspiratorial views. The video, as the title suggets, ultimately determines that Paul is unelectable.
Link: [http://youtu.be/1vMHuWQ_kfg]
Market: YouTube.
Buy: None. Just a web video.

Committee: Revolution PAC
Candidate supported: Ron Paul
Spot: "The Compassion of Dr. Ron Paul" -- In a moving tale of a black man with a white wife in the South this pro-Ron Paul super PAC video explains how Paul intervened to help the wife deliver what ultimately was a still-born child, while other doctors and nurses refused to do so due to their interracial marriage. The ad is clearly an attempt to counter the racist contents of a newsletter that Paul published in the 1980s and 90s.
Link: [http://youtu.be/8Rv0Z5SNrF4]
Market: YouTube.
Buy: None. Just a web video.

Committee: Leaders for Families Super PAC
Candidate supported: Rick Santorum
Spot: "One of Us" -- In this ad from a newly constituted super PAC Iowa social conservative leader Bob Vander Plaats throws his weight behind Rick Santorum. Vander Plaats invokes 2008's winner of the Iowa caucuses in his endorsement, "Like Mike Huckabee four years ago, you don't have to worry about Rick Santorum flip-flopping or changing his values," he says.
Link: [http://youtu.be/E4gIMJWXNIU]
Market: Iowa.
Buy: Unknown.

Committee: Barack Obama for President
Spot: "Jim Messina: Paths to 270 Electoral Votes" -- This web video features Obama campaign manager Jim Messina describing multiple ways that the president could win reelection. It will be most remembered, however, for Messina stating that claims that the campaign will raise $1 billion are "bullshit."
Link: [http://youtu.be/_7Y-Q9ZY5Ao]
Market: YouTube.
Buy: None. Just a web video.


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.

Newt Gingrich (R), $266,323 to support, $3,976,667 to oppose. (+$1,374,897)
Rick Perry (R), $3,798,524 to support, $0 to oppose.
Jon Huntsman (R), $1,864,956 to support, $0 to oppose.
Mitt Romney (R), $475,000 to support, $329,473 to oppose.
Rick Santorum (R), $537,200 to support, $0 to oppose. (+$211,250)
Herman Cain (R), $462,217 to support, $0 to oppose.
Barack Obama (D), $0 to support, $417,919 to oppose.
Gary Johnson (R), $518 to support, $0 to oppose.


Restore Our Future, $1,037,495 to oppose Newt Gingrich for president.
Restore Our Future, $240,193 to oppose Newt Gingrich for president.
Restore Our Future, $97,209 to oppose Newt Gingrich for president.
Red White And Blue Fund, $211,250 to support Rick Santorum for president.


First Good Government, New York, N.Y., Treasurer: William C. Burton.
Walter Energy Inc PAC, Birmingham, Ala., Treasurer: Michael Don Green.
Leaders for Families Super PAC, Terre Haute, Ind., Treasurer: Charles Hurley. (Super PAC supporting Rick Santorum for President)
America's Impact Political Fund, Washington, D.C., Treasurer: Benjamin Goldsmith.

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