Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is a candidate for President of the United States as of 4/7/15, joining colleague Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) in the early announcers club. But before he could even make an official declaration on the matter a PAC announced an ad flight opposing the Paul campaign.
The flight will be directed at early primary/caucus states.
According to a report in Politico, the Foundation for a Secure and Prosperous America, is spending $1M on television to go after Sen. Paul.
The money will be directed to Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada.
The Cruz campaign already has planned buys in three of those states, excluding New Hampshire.
Paul is the first to attract major negative spending.
According to the report, FSPA objects to Paul’s stance on Iran, declaring that Paul does not consider Iran to be a major threat and saying he stands with President Obama when it comes to US policy toward Iran.
Fox News Channel is getting almost a third of the buy — $300,000.
As for Paul, he will have two campaigns to finance. In addition to his run for the White House, he is also running for re-election to his seat in the Senate, on the chance he is unable to secure the Republican presidential nomination.
RBR-TVBR observation: Have you ever heard of FSPA? We hadn’t.
According to OpenSecrets.org, the PAC was granted its exempt 501(c)(4) status in September of 2008. Between then and December 2012, it spent a grand total of $111,407 as reported to the FEC.
Now, with roughly ten months to go before the first vote is cast in a primary, it is committing $1M.
If a PAC with a history of modest spending is coming off the sidelines this early with a seven-figure spend in the intramural phase of the election, we think it is safe to predict another record-setting political advertising election cycle. The only question is how far out of the water the old record will be blown.