PAC ads stacking up in Florida's media markets

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American Commitment, a conservative non-profit specializing in the growth of free markets, has placed an ad buy in Florida, according to sources familiar with the buy. American Commitment is a fairly new group being run by Phil Kerpen, who spent more than five years as a top strategist with the conservative group Americans for Prosperity.

Last week, the group placed a $1.2 million buy in Ohio, targeting Sen. Sherrod Brown.  That ad hit Brown for his out of control spending, and his association with many of Obama’s policies.  It has so targeted Brown for not voting to overturn EPA rules that require cuts in toxic emissions from coal-fired power plants.

Like Brown, Florida Sen, Bill Nelson – the likley target of the ad– voted not to overturn the EPA coal rules, which the conservative group claims kills jobs and raises power costs. American Commitment is also likely to take Nelson to task for siding with President Obama on the Keystone pipeline.

In April, GOP Senate candidate Connie Mack’s campaign launched a statewide radio spot hitting Nelson on the pipeline project. Mack, who has pushed for the construction of the pipeline for over a year, also launched a petition drive calling for the pipeline to be built.

Also coming soon a TV near you:

  • Restore Our Future, a top super PAC backing Mitt Romney’s presidential candidacy, plans to spend $7.2 million on advertisements during the upcoming London Olympics. The ads  will run between July 31 and August 9 in Florida and nine other swing states.
  • Crossroads GPS, a pro-Republican group set up by former Bush advisor Karl Rove, has placed a significant ad buy in Florida for next week. While the content of the ad is still unknown, look for the group to follow in the shoes of Americans for Prosperity, which zeroed in the Supreme Court’s healthcare ruling. On Friday, Americans for Prosperity launched a $9-million ad campaign in Florida and other swing stares calling the mandate “one of the largest tax increases in American history.”
  • has launched a Spanish-language TV ad criticizing Gov. Rick Scott for his effort to remove non-citizens from the voting rolls. The progressive group has been putting pressure on Romney to condemn Scott’s actions.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.