For example, while the National Review mocks Democrats for making a bogeyman out of American Crossroads, their myopic focus on super PACs leaves out their anonymous money machine sibling, Crossroads GPS. That group spent $24 million on a single ad buy in May, matching the Obama campaign’s first big ad campaign dollar for dollar, and almost single-handedly closing the super PAC gap cited by National Review.
Americans for Prosperity, a non-profit backed by the Koch brothers, recently announced a $9 million ad campaign against the Affordable Care Act. The group and others connected to the Koch family are planning to spend as much as $400 million this election cycle, but by the National Review’s standards, this overwhelmingly anonymous spending doesn’t count since it’s either not made by a super PAC or not explicitly opposed to a candidate. Ditto for the Chamber of Commerce, even though that group is explicitly cited in the National Review piece as an organization Democrats are worried about.