New TV ad critiques Obama’s failed energy policy in $500,000 buy on national cable.
WASHINGTON – Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies (Crossroads GPS) released a new national TV spot focused on the Obama Administration's green energy policies, and its handling of the Solyndra scandal. The ad, which will air on national cable for one week in a $500,000 buy, is the second Solyndra-themed ad by Crossroads GPS this year. The ad can be viewed here. Solyndra, a now bankrupt solar energy firm, squandered more than $500 million of taxpayer money in Department of Energy grants – a green energy program the Washington Post says was "infused with politics at every level." President Obama has previously hailed the company as an example of his economic vision, and doubled down on the policies that funded the failed company in his State of the Union speech last week. Crossroads GPS also released a strategy memo by its president and CEO Steven Law, explaining the spot. In the memo, Law says:
“President Obama views his Solyndra economy as a success – so much so that he advocated doubling down on it in his State of the Union speech. He … simply ignores the sweetheart deals, influence-peddling, incompetence and obsession with photo-ops that define his personally designed economy. … Advocates on the center-right need to engage that debate in both moral and economic terms, showing that Obama’s Washington is an unfair place, and less of Obama’s invasive, free-spending and chronically politicized government is the solution. America has always been the land where “know-how” was the universal pathway to success, prosperity and widespread growth. President Obama’s Solyndra economy would replace that quintessential American model with a government-centered system in which ‘know-who’ automatically trumps ‘know-how.’”
The first Crossroads GPS spot, "Typical," ran nationwide in December in a similar buy. The ad contended that instead of following through on his promise to change Washington, Obama's green energy policy emulates the worst of Washington's typical behavior. Crossroads GPS is a policy and grassroots advocacy organization that is committed to educating, equipping and mobilizing millions of American citizens to take action on the critical economic and legislative issues that will shape our nation’s future.