Americans for Prosperity wants you to vote Republican -- and they'll pay for your gas
to help you make up your mind.
AFP is basically an arm of the Koch brothers, right-wing extremists and billionaires. However, since AFP somehow has non-profit and non-partisan status, they're hiding behind that status in order to make this attempt to buy votes, saying that what they're trying to do is to educate the voters. They are, of course, misleading the voters by implying that high gas prices are all Obama's fault, and that his green-energy policies have also helped keep prices ridiculously high.
Of course, what's happening in a lot of places -- they're doing this across the country -- is that people who have no intention of voting for Romney are just taking advantage of the cheap gas. But of course the fact that the AFC is backing up their rhetoric with money (since they don't have any facts to back it up) is making headlines and catching the public's attention, so I'm sure they consider it money well-spent. It's little enough compared to the funding they get from the Koch brothers.
In other news, the increasingly desperate Tommy Thompson has turned to politicizing 9/11 for political gain
The Thompson ad attacks Tammy Baldwin for voting against a 9/11 resolution that Congressional Republicans decided to politicize in 2006. Republicans substantively changed that resolution from being the usual kind of 9/11 anniversary resolution into something that endorsed the Patriot Act, punitive immigration policies and other highly controversial measures.
And from this article:
The Baldwin campaign’s ad [in response to Thompson's] points out that Thompson, after serving four years as U.S. health secretary under George W. Bush, worked as president of Logistics Health, Inc. The Wisconsin-based company won an $11 million government contract in 2008 to treat 9/11 emergency responders but was roundly criticized for being slow to provide benefits and help those suffering from health issues related to their work at the scenes of the attacks.
Thompson made $3 million when Logistics Health was sold last year. The Baldwin ad alleges that Thompson profited off the company’s 9/11 contract.
Mahlon Mitchell, a Baldwin supporter and president of the Wisconsin Fire Fighters Association, said he was shocked by Thompson’s ad making the attacks an issue in the race.
I wish I was shocked.
Baldwin has a slight lead in the polls overall, but it's still too close to call, and Thompson knows this is his last chance for a Senate seat. I can't see the Republicans supporting him again if he loses this time.