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Published — October 24, 2012 Updated — May 19, 2014 at 12:19 pm ET

Daily Disclosure: Mitt Romney ‘genuinely cares’

Normally negative GOP spending groups show softer side of Mitt

Introduction

Mitt Romney hasn’t talked much about his charitable work in public, and with outside spending focused on attack ads, even Republicans have been concerned that the GOP presidential nominee appears too aloof.

Two new ads from outside spenders are hoping to change that. “Genuinely Cares” from the pro-Romney super PAC Restore Our Future and “Mitt and David” from the conservative nonprofit Crossroads GPS tell the stories of two individuals who received support from Romney.

They are a sharp departure from both groups’ standard attack ads. Restore Our Future has spent a little more than $99 million thus far this election, with 86 percent going toward negative advertising and other campaign materials.

“Genuinely Cares” features Army National Guard Sgt. Peter Damon, an Iraq War veteran, telling about how Gov. Romney took an interest in him when they met while Damon was recovering from an accident in the Army’s Walter Reed Medical Center that left him a double amputee.

Damon discusses Romney’s work with a charity called Homes for Troops that builds houses for seriously wounded veterans. Damon says he received one of the homes.

“The Mitt Romney I know cares deeply about people who are struggling,” Damon tells the camera. “Mitt Romney helped make a huge difference in my life.”

The ad, along with the anti-Obama “Better” are part of a $17.7 million ad blitz in 10 swing states.

Mitt and David” recalls a story first told at the Republican National Convention about Romney’s relationship with the Oparowski family, who knew him from church. Their 14-year-old son David was terminally ill with Hodgkin’s disease, and Romney visited him regularly.

Romney helped the boy write his will and establish his last wishes, such as being buried in his Boy Scout uniform.

“To spend time with a 14-year-old boy in his last days — you cannot help but know that he is caring,” Pat Oparowski says. “He cares about people and their needs. I think he’s going to be able to get us back on track.”

Restore Our Future had $16.6 million in the bank at the end of September. Crossroads GPS has reported spending $21 million but millions more has gone toward unreported “issue advertising.”

In other outside spending news:

In addition to “Mitt and David,” Crossroads GPS released a spate of new ads, totaling $4.9 million:

  • Biggest Votes” opposes Rep. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., who is running for U.S. Senate;
  • Tilting” opposes former Maine Gov. Angus King, an independent running for U.S. Senate;
  • Favorite” opposes Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev., who is running for U.S. Senate;
  • Simple” opposes former North Dakota Attorney General Heidi Heitkamp and supports Rep. Rick Berg, R-N.D., who are competing for a U.S. Senate seat;
  • Dragging” opposes Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio;
  • Ideas” opposes former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in the state;
  • Taxing Tammy” opposes Rep. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., who is running for U.S. Senate.

House Majority PAC, a super PAC backing Democratic U.S. House candidates, released seven ads opposing Republican candidates in U.S. House races:

  • Opportunity” opposes Georgia state Rep. Lee Anderson in Georgia’s 12th District;
  • Forgotten” opposes Rep. Mary Bono Mack in California’s 36th District;
  • Board” opposes attorney Keith Rothfus in Pennsylvania’s 12th District;
  • Cloud” opposes Rep. Jim Renacci in Ohio’s 16th District;
  • How Much?” opposes Rep. Brian Bilbray in California’s 52nd District;
  • Color” opposes Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle in New York’s 24th District;
  • Halloween” opposes Rep. Quico Canseco in Texas’ 23rd District.

Majority PAC, super PAC supporting Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate, released ads in Pennsylvania, Nevada, Indiana and Montana:

  • Education” supports Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., and opposes businessman Tom Smith, his Republican challenger;
  • Nine Times” opposes Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev.;
  • Inflict” opposes Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock;
  • Issues” opposes Rep. Rick Berg, R-N.D.

American Crossroads, a conservative super PAC, released thee ads opposing Democrats:

SEIU COPE, the political action committee of the Service Employees International Union released:

  • Chance” opposing Chris Collins, the Republican candidate for U.S. House in New York’s 27th District;
  • Luchando por Nuestro Futuro” and “Luchando Por Nuestra Comunidad” support Obama;
  • Putting Politics before Our Families,” another Spanish-language ad, opposes Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev.;
  • Education” supports Kaine and opposes George Allen, the Republican, in Virginia’s race for U.S. Senate.
  • AFSCME PEOPLE, the political action committee of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees released “Chances” opposing Chris Collins, the Republican candidate for U.S. House in New York’s 27th District, “Nice” opposing Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., and “Education” supporting former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine’s bid for U.S. Senate. AFSCME also paid for the radio ad “Contrast,” which opposes Rep. Chip Cravaack, R-Minn.
  • Conservative nonprofit Let Freedom Ring USA released eight ads opposing Obama: “1967 Borders,” “Contiguous Palestine,” “Fining Charities,” “Gas Prices,” “Medicaid,” “Missing Workers,” “Reform Promises” and “Washington Culture.”
  • Conservative nonprofit American Future Fund opposes Rep. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate and Obama in “Hoosier.” It reported spending $508,000 on a handful of ads.
  • Sierra Club Independent Action opposes Rep. Quico Canseco, R-Texas, and supports his Democratic challenger Pete Gallego in “La Mascara.”
  • Conservative nonprofit American Commitment released “Moment” supporting Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz.
  • The conservative nonprofit Americans for Job Security released “Healthcare Machine” opposing Rep. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., who is running for U.S. Senate.
  • Pro-Obama super PAC Priorities USA Action released “Same Promises” opposing Romney.
  • The conservative nonprofit American Action Network released “Again” opposing former Rep. Rick Nolan, the Democratic candidate for U.S. House in Minnesota’s 8th District.
  • Conservative nonprofit Americans for Tax Reform reported spending $3.6 million opposing Democrats running for Congress.
  • The Hardworking Americans Committee, a super PAC established at the end of September, reported its first independent expenditure — $1 million opposing Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., who is being challenged by former Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Mich.

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Trump needs to conduct these activities because the entire MSM media, excluding Fox, is campaigning against him 24/7/365.

Didn’t Monica’s boyfriend’s wife and various criminal enterprises outspend Trump by almost 2-1?

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Why wouldn’t he get an early start on fund raising? Hillary outspent him two-to-one in 2016. The Dem’s are the party of big money. The President knows this and is attempting to get a jump on it. Of course the Dem candidate will outspend him in 2020 so it’s only rational that he starts fund raising now.

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Oh brother. We just 8 years of the Campaigner – in – Chief. Where was this journalistic rectal thermometer then. Just another article about 2000 words too long that merely takes another slap at Trump for something he far from initiated.

j stevenson
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j stevenson

The big difference between Trump and all the rest is his refusing to accept funds from lobbyists, so they don’t have the White House access they are used to. These are the donors who buy the presidency and are as pixxed off that he won the election as are the media and the Dems. Lobbyists have never been shut out of the WH and Trump has told them he is not for sale.

Anonymous
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Trump needs to be impeached and tossed in prison. Then have the key thrown away so he will never be free. Then he can see how it feels not to have freedom.

Mark Sullivan
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Mark Sullivan

Thank you for the usual insightful leftist low IQ Snowflake response.

barney
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hes not imprisoning them hes sending them back to their country chill tf out

SOUTH JERSEY
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SOUTH JERSEY

WHY DONT YOU HAVE FREEDOM?

Tom Larkin
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Tom Larkin

First, something positive. I was happy to learn of empirical information in article. BUT, the article was so slanted against President Trump as to be deemed fake news (“Perhaps Trump just lied.” (Two different issues)). The article mentions that President Trump raised over $67 million, but ended 2018 with $19 million. President Trump spent over $40 million 2016 and 2017. President Trump conducted 57 political rallies. The article notes the hats and T-shirts sold, but NEVER MENTIONS THE INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF REPUBLICAN SENATORS during a mid-term election that lost the House and the number of political rallies in… Read more »

Ted Sirois
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At least Trump is getting donations from willing donors. Fresh from his first election, Obama used billions of our children’s tax dollars to save thousands of union jobs in the car industry and bailed out the banks and many Wall Street businesses. This secured his source of reelection funds for his reelection four years later.

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South Jersey

TRUMP 2020; IS AN AMAZINGLY SMART MAN! VERY ORIGINAL & CREATIVE. I AM HAPPY TO HAVE HIS AS POTUS.

SOUTH JERSEY
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SOUTH JERSEY

THIS ARTICLE WAS OBVIOUSLY WRITTEN BY, A TRUMP-HATE-GROUP. THAT FEELS; IT IS NOT NORMAL TO BE SUCCESSFUL WITH YOUR OWN BRAND NAME. WHEN, IF FACT, IT IS NORMAL! >>>>> THIS IS >>> FAKE NEWS!!! <<<< ie: A PACK-OF-LIES; SPUN INTO; DEFAMATION OF CHARACTER. FOR A SINISTER-AGENDA OF; FASCIST DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST, COUP D'ETAT

David
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Are you on some kind of drugs? Writing in caps makes me think that you are grumpy old fart or a uneducated hillbilly.