Your morning jolt: Mitt Romney super PAC drops $132k in TV ads — half in metro Atlanta

Restore Our Future, the super PAC affiliated with Mitt Romney, brings its TV ad campaign to Georgia on Wednesday with a $132,090 statewide buy, we’re told. That’s light, but a significant challenge to other campaigns – home-boy Newt Gingrich in particular.

Slightly more than half of the money will be spent in metro Atlanta, where Romney was strongest in the 2008 GOP race for president. The details:

– $77,140 in metro Atlanta: $12,940 at WXIA-TV; $7,400 at WGCL-TV; $35,800 at WSB-TV; and $21,000 at WAGA-TV.

– $12,585 in the Augusta market; $240 in Chattanooga, all on WDSI-TV; $9,075 in Savannah; $5,525 in Macon; $4,475 in Albany; $19,475 in Columbus; and $3,575 in the Greenwood-Greenville, S.C. market.

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Newt Gingrich’s daughter, Jackie Gingrich Cushman, will be in the campaign’s Atlanta headquarters from 11a.m. to 1 p.m., greeting volunteers and supporters working the phone banks. Address is 3110 Maple Drive, Atlanta 30305.

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Newt Gingrich will apparently be touching down in Fayette County on Friday to begin his two-day swing here. From a Facebook page announcement:

The VIP reception will be held at Falcon Field’s Main Terminal building, located at 7 Falcon Drive in Peachtree City from 6:30 PM until 7:30 PM. Admission is $500 per person…

The rally will be held in Hangar B4 at Falcon Field, located at 500 Aviation Drive in Peachtree City from 7:30 PM until 8:30 PM. Invite your friends and neighbors and please join us as we welcome Newt back to his former congressional district!

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On Monday, we had national polls from Pew and Gallup. It’s the turn of the New York Times and CBS News – which also show Rick Santorum surging among GOP primary voters nationwide:

In the new poll, 30 percent of Republican primary voters say they support Mr. Santorum, compared with 27 percent for Mr. Romney. While Mr. Santorum’s lead is an essential tie with Mr. Romney because it’s within the sampling margin of error, it reflects a significant jump for him from earlier polls.

The two other major candidates are farther behind, at 12 percent for Ron Paul and 10 percent for Newt Gingrich, whose numbers have fallen sharply since his win in South Carolina on Jan. 21.

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In Detroit, Mitt Romney has doubled down on his opposition to President Barack Obama’s bailout of the auto industry in a Detroit News op-ed piece that includes this:

My view at the time — and I set it out plainly in an op-ed in the New York Times — was that “the American auto industry is vital to our national interest as an employer and as a hub for manufacturing.” Instead of a bailout, I favored “managed bankruptcy” as the way forward.

Managed bankruptcy may sound like a death knell. But in fact, it is a way for a troubled company to restructure itself rapidly, entering and leaving the courtroom sometimes in weeks or months instead of years, and then returning to profitable operation.

In the case of Chrysler and GM, that was precisely what the companies needed. Both were saddled with an accumulation of labor, pension, and real estate costs that made them unsustainable. Health and retirement benefits alone amounted to an extra $2,000 baked into the price of every car they produced….

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Creative Loafing has come across something to complicate the dynamic between Atlanta City Hall and the Atlanta Housing Authority:

Two Atlanta Housing Authority commissioners made offensive comments, including racial slurs, in front of agency employees late last year, according to an investigator’s report….

The outside investigation stems from AHA’s employees’ complaints after Commissioners James Allen Jr. and Wayne Jones visited the authority’s downtown offices on Nov. 4, 2011.

According to an investigator’s 18-page report submitted to Mayor Kasim Reed in early December, the two commissioners concerned several unnamed AHA employees with comments about “pistol whip[ping]” a top executive and their job security, among others.

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Over the weekend, we posted an item on the move within the state Legislature to pursue the sales taxes due on Internet sales – specifically from affiliates of Amazon.com in Georgia. Greg Hoffman (@akagorilla) has tapped out a response that includes this:

The fact is, if this becomes law in Georgia, Amazon and all the big affiliate programs will terminate their relationship with me immediately. Online merchants do not want to provide 50 different solutions to collect taxes from various states through affiliate reports. They will provide one if it becomes federal law. But to ask them to collect taxes 50 different ways is unreasonable and some say unconstitutional. They will not do it, therefore they will cut their losses and avoid the alleged nexus.

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Then there’s this interesting morning tidbit from Mike Stucka and the Macon Telegraph:

A new interstate could cut a swath through Middle Georgia, according to a federal study that details possible plans of a $7.7 billion route from Augusta to Natchez, Miss.

…No funding for the federal route has been identified, and the Federal Highway Administration launched the study to meet a congressional mandate, and not on its own.

Yet the federal route also covers an area under study by state officials in the ongoing Connect Central Georgia study, which would better tie Columbus, Macon and Augusta through roadways.

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Finally, the AJC’s Politifact Georgia today takes a look at President Barack Obama’s promise to convert the federal government’s fleet of vehicles to flex-fuel.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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117 comments Add your comment

Double Zero Eight

February 14th, 2012
9:24 am

We are being “taxed to death”. Where is the outrage from the Tea Party
on the consideration to tax internet sales by the GA legislature?

Centrist

February 14th, 2012
9:29 am

Yesterday there were internet headlines linking to this ABC news blog:

Feb 13, 2012
Obama Budget Doubles Down on Populist Proposals

We all know that “populist” is the more polite term for class warfare. Of course, no reference to this from the AJC – but the headline “Double Down” was borrowed by Mr. Jim Galloway a day later to attack Mitt Romney.

william henry talbot walker

February 14th, 2012
9:34 am

I noticed that the Romney super PAC didn’t spend a dime on newspaper ads. But, based on economics, the newspapers benefit the most when Republicans hold office. Count the 10s of millions of dollars of revenue that was generated with the mandatory mortgage foreclosure legal notices. It kept many a small newspaper afloat.

Becky

February 14th, 2012
9:37 am

I’m glad someone is spending money in Atlanta. Too bad it is throwaway dollars.

Centrist

February 14th, 2012
9:37 am

At least this morning this blog did not take up the AJC news article about the lone Democrat Cobb County commissioner wanting protective treatment for required re-redistricting by the majority Republicans. This one way demand/plea is falling on deaf ears after decades of REAL “petty politics” redistricting orchestrated under Democrats including Roy Barnes.

The gall of Thompson who lost as a Republican and returning after switching to the minority Democratic party is amazing – but then so is the grossly biased AJC to make it newsworthy with a quote from Roy Barnes.

Becky

February 14th, 2012
9:38 am

I’m not sure the Repub base can read, we know they have trouble with comprehension.

DannyX

February 14th, 2012
9:38 am

“…but the headline “Double Down” was borrowed by Mr. Jim Galloway a day later to attack Mitt Romney.”

Centrist, what is your take on the Romney collapse? He is dropping quickly in match-ups with his Republican primary opponents and a potential match-up with Obama in November.

No ones cares about a silly headline, what is going on with Romney?

GaBlue

February 14th, 2012
9:48 am

I’m a huge Luckovich fan, but today’s cartoon gives me the creepy crawlies. EWWWW!

double

February 14th, 2012
9:55 am

Centrist some may like the terms,ideas,of Mr Galloway.All you do is whine,and try to spin all he says.I doubt the term is copyrighted.

Auntie Christ

February 14th, 2012
9:55 am

Yesterday Pox News used the term “class warfare.” We all know that “class warfare” is the polite term for “being uppity.” Today centrist borrows it in his post to attack Obama.

New rule: If you see a phrase used in a headline, that phrase cannot be used or uttered again for at least a week. centrist will monitor this and report violators to the proper authorities.

Centrist

February 14th, 2012
10:00 am

Romney is going to win the Republican nomination. He has the best resume, most campaign contributions, endorsements, delegates and national organization. The media wants a horse race and highlights whatever and whoever it can as an alternative in the few states they can compete. Little will be covered when Romney wins two more primaries in Michigan and Arizona in two weeks, adding to his delegate lead. He will continue to add to his lead after Super Tuesday – but the media will highlight the southern states he does not win.

Santorum has no chance of winning the nomination, although he is a nice guy. His last election had him ousted as a incumbent Senator by the electorate which knew him best in a landslide. He was an “earmarker”, and on the extreme right with women’s choice and religious issues which further marginalize him.

Ol' Timer

February 14th, 2012
10:05 am

It’ll be interesting to see how many rush down to Peachtree City to pay $500 to see Newt and Callista. It should be a large gathering as Georgia welcomes home its “Favorite Son” or something like that.

Romney is wasting his money on adverstising in Georgia. I have a better chance than he does.

And, Santorum will make a $2.00 a head appearance at the Our Daughters of Righteous Indignation weenie roast in Austell.

What a wonderful day for Georgia.

Becky

February 14th, 2012
10:08 am

Love this!!!

And, Santorum will make a $2.00 a head appearance at the Our Daughters of Righteous Indignation weenie roast in Austell.

hahahahahahahahahahhahahahahhahaha

DannyX

February 14th, 2012
10:13 am

“Little will be covered when Romney wins two more primaries in Michigan and Arizona in two weeks, adding to his delegate lead.”

Oh so you are blaming Romney’s collapse on the media. Its a conspiracy. Btw, the most recent poll in Michigan has Santorum up by 15 points over Romney.

The Republican Manic-Tuesday primaries will bring more bad news for Romney.

td

February 14th, 2012
10:24 am

Centrist

February 14th, 2012
10:00 am

Romney will win because he is from the business wing of the party. This wing is in the Republican party only because of the lower tax and less regulation policies of the party. They are not really physically conservative and they are socially agnostic for the most part. They are about 30% of the party but the party faithful (60%) are split between the two candidates.

Big Hat

February 14th, 2012
10:27 am

Which one of Mitt’s wives will he bring to Atlanta to campaign with him?

AngryVoter

February 14th, 2012
10:30 am

Not that Jim mentioned this, but it’s on the AJC homepage…

Am I the only one choking over Roy Barnes complaining about redistricting in Cobb County being unfair???? C’mon. The man was the single crookedest politician the state has ever seen when it comes to redistricting. Anybody with his track record and the least bit of self awareness would remain quiet on the redistricting front.

Obviously, he doesn’t object to redistricting being used for political purposes, he is just whining that people of his thinking do not have enough voter support to matter anymore. Didn’t his landslide loss to someone absolutely unsuited for the job of Gov give Barnes a clue?

Well, at least by opening his mouth Barnes erased any possible lingering doubt about his imperialistic thinking.

double

February 14th, 2012
10:30 am

gonna sit right down and write myself a letter.This business wing got Ga at bottom of list except in bank failures.

Centrist

February 14th, 2012
10:37 am

@ td – I only dispute your assertion that “the party faithful (60%) are split between the two candidates”. The TEA Party is split almost evenly among all 4 remaining candidates. The religious right is also split among all 4 – many do not fear Mormonism and admire Romney’s devotion and character. While Gingrich and Santorum argue among themselves as to which one is the most conservative, Romney is not doing badly with that segment of the Republican party. THAT is why he has garnered the most campaign contributions, endorsements, and votes – he is the most popular.

Once we move into the multi state primaries each Tuesday, Romney is going to able to compete in most of them while the others will only cherry pick hoping to get a deadlocked convention (for who knows what reason). Santorum and Gingrich simply cannot compete except for all of the free media they garner, and that will not be enough.

I’m not an avid Romney supporter – just a realist and see him as the best current alternative. Your candidate Gingrich is on the ropes yet again and is “rebooting” his campaign again. He can only stay alive if his wealthy benefactor(s) pump up his flagging Super Pac again.

DannyX

February 14th, 2012
10:40 am

“This business wing got Ga at bottom of list except in bank failures.”

Can we get a socially conservative AMEN for that?

DannyX

February 14th, 2012
10:42 am

“I’m not an avid Romney supporter…” said the so-called centrist.

Let the backtracking begin!

There's a Sickness In GA

February 14th, 2012
10:45 am

RE: Cobb Co. Yeap, one party rule by hook or crook. That’s the “Centrist” way.

liberalefty

February 14th, 2012
10:46 am

the clown show is coming to GEORGIA…lol

double

February 14th, 2012
10:56 am

TD was on the cain train,the Newt parade,now Romney pologamist buy,next will be the Sanitorium institution only to be disappointed at the general.

WaitAMinute

February 14th, 2012
11:00 am

Mitt Chuckles should drop out of the race. I don’t want a President with the personally of a piece of wood (sorry wood) and severely flip-flops on every issue depending on the audience.

liberalefty

February 14th, 2012
11:01 am

double

td will vote for a child molester if he ran against OBAMA…then justify it by quoting from the bible..

liberalefty

February 14th, 2012
11:02 am

republicans idea of freedom is to make contraceptive illegal…

UGA 1999

February 14th, 2012
11:06 am

Romney may do well in Georgia.

UGA 1999

February 14th, 2012
11:07 am

liberalefty….I have never heard of any republicans making such a case….Lie much?

DannyX

February 14th, 2012
11:10 am

“Romney may do well in Georgia.”

LMAO!

R U Kidding Me?

February 14th, 2012
11:12 am

double

Don’t forget Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachman. td has never found a whack-a-doodle that he didn’t love.

liberalefty

February 14th, 2012
11:14 am

ru kidding

and dont fergit he loooooooooved him some HERMAN CAIN..

liberalefty

February 14th, 2012
11:15 am

UGA

SANTORUM wants states to be able to decide if contraception is illegal or not.,.

UGA 1999

February 14th, 2012
11:15 am

DannyX….have a hard time with facts do ya?

liberalefty

February 14th, 2012
11:16 am

why do the repubs want to control a womans womb?…

Becky

February 14th, 2012
11:16 am

Georgia is turning BLUE!!!!

liberalefty

February 14th, 2012
11:17 am

the repubs, the party of “less” guvment want to control a womans womb..

UGA 1999

February 14th, 2012
11:17 am

liberalefty….your arguement is old. Nothing can be gained by continually bringing that up. Pro-Lifers and Pro-Choicers will never change their minds.

liberalefty

February 14th, 2012
11:18 am

will the repubs keep their backward religious ideas to themselves…

liberalefty

February 14th, 2012
11:19 am

uga

abortion is here to stay…why dont u repubs accept that fact…

findog

February 14th, 2012
11:20 am

Early voting started yesterday
I encourage all my fellow democrats to get out there and vote for all of you dead relatives for Rick
Also vote for beer sales on Sunday
Also vote for package sales on Sunday in unincorporated Hall

Thanks,
Remember if you do not vote often then it was a waste of court costs to fight those ID laws; please help the republican reality and vote often…

UGA 1999

February 14th, 2012
11:20 am

Becky….Keep holding your breathe, you will turn blue too!

DannyX

February 14th, 2012
11:20 am

“One of the things I will talk about, that no president has talked about before, is I think the dangers of contraception in this country. It’s not okay. It’s a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be.” – Rick Santorum

He is going to be a big hit with the American people.

UGA 1999

February 14th, 2012
11:20 am

DannyX….Wanna bet Santorum gets more votes in Georgia than Obama?

Becky

February 14th, 2012
11:22 am

Scrotium really does have something or someone in his closet. He doth protest too much. I can’t wait till it comes out. He is a sick and twisted person.

UGA 1999

February 14th, 2012
11:26 am

Becky….please support your claim. Prove your case.

findog

February 14th, 2012
11:27 am

Centrist,
“Best resume” really, for what?
Not to be leader of the free world [Newt]
Not to lead a center-right Christian nation [Santorum]
Not to deal with the debt and out of control banking sector [Paul]
Not to take the oath next January [Obama]

Now go back to Mitt World and get some new talking points

Becky

February 14th, 2012
11:33 am

uga-of course I have no proof, haven’t been in his bedroom and wish he would stay out of mine. I just know when someone is lying about something they tend to protest it too much. Savvy?

UGA 1999

February 14th, 2012
11:33 am

Becky…So you like just going around and spreading lies about a person and their family? Typical Democrat tactic.

td

February 14th, 2012
11:34 am

Centrist

February 14th, 2012
10:37 am

I have no illusions that Newt is not going to win but I am going to be able to vote for him in a race one more time and hopefully he will carry Ga.