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By Matt Kibbe
The short-term deal will assure long-term overspending
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Tim Phillips
Conservative nonprofit groups have spent tens of millions of dollars on overtly political advertising this election season, testing the limits of what is legal under campaign rules that restrict how much such groups can spend on advocacy.
Two conservative advocacy groups are in the midst of an ad-buying spree so intense that when combined, they have bought more commercials in the country's major markets than President Obama's campaign, according to new disclosure records analyzed by The Washington Times.
It's no mere movement anymore as the political campaign escalates. The "tea party army" has emerged, and organizers are framing their activities in near dire terms.
Unions are gearing up to spend more than $400 million to help re-elect President Obama and lift Democrats this election year in a fight for labor's survival.
President Obama's first campaign advertisement pushes back against criticism of the federal loan guarantee for solar panel maker Solyndra and praises his energy record, even as condemnation mounts over his rejection of a $7 billion oil pipeline.
A long-simmering fight among Republicans will burst onto the public stage Tuesday when the Senate votes on eliminating government subsidies for ethanol producers — the first skirmish in what is expected to be a much bigger war over tax breaks, carve-outs and other taxpayer funding that boosts U.S. businesses and can fund American jobs.
"Righteous Indignation: Excuse Me While I Save the World!" Yes, an exclamation point is not a bad idea for Andrew Breitbart's new book, to be published April 15. It has won accolades from Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh.
Let the quacking begin. And the oratory. What with all the business-as-usual items on the Democratic wish list, the "tea party" will stand fast outside the lame-duck session that begins Monday in Congress.
Tim Phillips, president of Americans for Prosperity, said it looks like they "are clearly backing away from the near-term cuts in federal spending that they promised to the American people back when they did the last debt deal."
Tim Phillips, president of the conservative Americans for Prosperity, said off-the-shelf activism has shown to be a poor substitute for an on-the-ground effort to enlist believers.