Free Lance-Star reporter Chelyen Davis covers Virginia government.
New Obama ad hits outsourcing; fundraising numbers; McDonnell chairs platform committee
President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign this morning announced a new TV ad that hits rival Mitt Romney on outsourcing jobs.
The ad, called “Believe,” says that “Mitt Romney’s companies were pioneers in outsourcing US jobs to low-wage countries,” and that Romney supported tax breaks for companies that outsourced. It says Obama favors “insourcing” and tax breaks for companies that return jobs to the U.S.
The Romney campaign says the ad misleads about Romney’s record.
“We are happy to put Governor Romney’s record of job creation in the private sector, and as governor, up against President Obama’s any day. Spending millions of dollars on untrue ads won’t change the fact that President Obama’s policies have left more than 23 million Americans struggling for work,” said Romney spokesman Curt Cashour in a written release.
The ad is running in Virginia and eight other states. You can see it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1pPFlcGav4
Yesterday the Virginia Public Access Project said that fundraising numbers show both Romney and Obama have raised almost $2 million each from Virginia donors so far this year (counting only donors of $200 or more). More than half of each man’s total has come from donors in Northern Virginia.
Romney raised $1.9 million, 78 percent of it from Northern Virginia, and has the lead among Virginia’s $200+ donors. Obama raised $1.8 million, 70 percent of which was from Northern Virginia.
VPAP said that in May, Romney raised more money — $547,759 to Obama’s $391,745. But Obama’s money came from more donors; 855 donors contributing $200 or more, to Romney’s 515 such donors.
Fundraising was much lower for both men in the I-95 corridor, which covers the Fredericksburg region. Obama this year has received $20,850 in $200 and larger donations from the area, while Romney has received $16,554.
In other presidential campaign news, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell will chair the Republican National Committee’s platform committee at its national convention in Tampa this August.
Platforms spell out a party’s priorities and positions on issues, and McDonnell will help write the platform.
Sen. John Hoeven of North Dakota and Rep. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee will be co-chairmen.
In a press release announcing his chairmanship, McDonnell said he’s honored.
“I look forward to hearing from voters across the country as we seek to give voice to the concerns, priorities, and values of the American people,” McDonnell said in the statement. “This process is about more than writing; it is about listening. Voters deserve a party who listens to them. The Obama presidency has been a difficult time for Virginians and for Americans. Our Platform will outline the way forward for our economy and a new and better direction for our country.”