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01/23/2012 06:27 pm ET Updated Jan 23, 2012

HUFFPOST FUNDRACE - Romney's Remaining Florida Lead

Mitt Romney's super PAC is outspending its rivals 20-1 in Florida. The state boasts the most expensive media markets yet on the primary calendar, which should augur well for Romney, the best funded candidate in the race. [CSM]

From the Twitter, Red State's Erik Erikson puts this spending into context: @EWErikson Romney outspends Newt $7M to $.0008M in FL just to watch his 15 pt lead implode overnight.

If the spending disparity doesn't work out for Romney he still has a lead in early voting, according to polls. Restore Our Future -- his super PAC -- has been trying to get people to vote early with an online push to connect voters to absentee ballots.

More from the Twitter: @ralstonflash BREAKING: $5M more from Adelson coming this week to help Newt.

The pro-Gingrich super PAC plans to spend $10 million in Florida to attack Romney. Those attacks are likely to mirror a recent ad from the public employee union AFSCME attacking Romney for participating in Medicare fraud when Bain Capital ran Damon Corp., which was forced to pay fines for Medicare fraud. The super PAC will also attempt to tie Romney to the unpopular former Republican Charlie Crist. [BG]

Romney is up with a negative ad attacking Newt's Freddie Mac job and a Spanish-language radio ad claiming that he will fight Castro and Chavez.

American Crossroads is the super PAC Democrats love to hate. [CNN]

Pro-Newt super PAC puts down $354,000 on television ads in Florida. [Politico]

Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren make a deal to keep spending by third party groups, like Karl Rove's American Crossroads, out of their Senate race. Crossroads seems to dismiss the deal. A pro-Warren PAC will halt any television ads, but will keep up their Internet presence and research. You can see the deal in the last document posted on this page.

CAMPAIGN VIDEOS

Help us populate our list of campaign videos. Send any notable TV, radio or web ads that you see to Fundrace. Send your submissions to paulblumenthal@huffingtonpost.com.

Committee: Mitt Romney for President
Candidate opposed: Newt Gingrich
Spot: "Florida Families" -- Romney goes negative in an ad for the first time in 2012 with this one hitting Gingrich for receiving $1.6 million to consult for the quais-governmental housing agency Freddie Mac. The ad states, "While Florida families lost everything in the housing crisis, Newt Gingrich cashed in." Florida has one of the highest rates of foreclosure in the country.
Link: [http://youtu.be/63n6N11mrO4]
Market: Florida.
Buy: Undisclosed.

Committee: Mitt Romney for President
Spot: "Estoy" -- This Spanish-language radio ad features Reps. Mario Diaz Balart and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen stating their support for Mitt Romney. Ros-Lehtinen says that Romney, "will fight against the despotic efforts of [Fidel] Castro and [Hugo] Chavez."
Link: [http://youtu.be/fDcabgXitRQ]
Market: Florida.
Buy: Undisclosed.

Committee: Barack Obama for President
Spot: "President Obama's Record on Jobs" -- This short ad features a graphic showing private sector job growth under President Obama. The ad claims 22 months of private sector job growth and 3.1 million private sector jobs created under Obama.
Link: [http://youtu.be/NJoE0ZJ7Rn8]
Market: Undisclosed.
Buy: Undisclosed.

Committee: George Allen for Senate
Spot: "Unabashed" -- This video from the Allen campaign hits President Obama and Democratic Senate candidate Tim Kaine over the White House's decision on the Keystone Pipeline. The ad uses a clip of Kaine saying, "I'm an unabashed supporter of the president."
Link: [http://youtu.be/nz4SKvVKaD0]
Market: Undisclosed.
Buy: Undisclosed.

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.

Newt Gingrich (R), $1,096,282 to support, $10,450,873 to oppose. (Support: +$100,000, Oppose: +$97,354)
Mitt Romney (R), $1,262,223 to support, $3,327,929 to oppose. (+$15,213)
Rick Perry (R), $3,964,824 to support, $0 to oppose.
Ron Paul (R), $3,341,365 to support, $165,339 to oppose. (+$90,534)
Jon Huntsman (R), $2,453,204 to support, $0 to oppose.
Rick Santorum (R), $1,810,519 to support, $444,355 to oppose.
Barack Obama (D), $18,517 to support, $611,797 to oppose.
Herman Cain (R), $486,717 to support, $0 to oppose.
Gary Johnson (R), $518 to support, $0 to oppose.

RECENT INDEPENDENT EXPENDITURES
Endorse Liberty, $4,977 to support Ron Paul for President.
Endorse Liberty, $11,837 to support Ron Paul for President.
Winning Our Future, $100,000 to support Newt Gingrich for President.
Endorse Liberty, $29,109 to support Ron Paul for President.
Restore Our Future, $9,512 to oppose Newt Gingrich for President in South Carolina.
Restore Our Future, $9,457 to oppose Newt Gingrich for President in Florida.
Restore Our Future, $15,213 to support Mitt Romney for President in South Carolina.
Endorse Liberty, $44,611 to support Ron Paul for President.
Red White And Blue Fund, $78,385 to oppose Newt Gingrich for President in South Carolina.

RECENT POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE REGISTRATIONS

Freedom Plains Action Network, Reno, Nev., Treasurer: Scott Bensing. (Super PAC)
Freedom Trail Action Network, Reno, Nev., Treasurer: Scott Bensing. (Super PAC)
National Right to Life Victory Fund, Washington, D.C., Treasurer: Joseph Landrum. (Super PAC)

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