AFP campaign to draw attention to wasteful spending

Americans For Prosperity is rolling out a new ad campaign and grassroots organizing effort to raise awareness of President Obama’s wasteful spending $6.1 million in eight states.

These states include Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio and Virginia.

AFP already ran two ads around the country highlighting the Solyndra scandal at a combined cost of $6.5 million earlier this year, but this marks the largest single effort to date.

The organization also plans on spending between 7 and 9 percent of its budget for the campaign on social media.

AFP President Tim Phillips slammed the Obama administration for picking winners and losers in the economy such as Solyndra, which left the taxpayers on the hook to the tune of over half a billion dollars.

“The Obama administration continues to waste our tax dollars trying to pick winners and losers. This leads to overspending, no new job creation, and inevitably creates government cronyism,” said AFP Phillips said. “The president wasted some $530 million on Solyndra, but now we’re finding billions more given to ‘green energy’ companies overseas. The American people deserve to know the disturbing details of how their tax dollars are being wasted in pursuit of an ideological agenda.”

The organization has full-time grassroots activists in 31 states and also plans an intensive national effort to rally activists and reach independent voters by raising awareness of Obama’s hostility to conventional sources of energy.

“This ad is not a one-time event – it’s one piece of a comprehensive public education and grassroots advocacy effort,” Phillips said. “Politicians who oppose fiscal accountability, job creation, and commonsense energy solutions should take notice, because taxpayers certainly will.”

Phillips charged that the Obama administration had even used billions from the over $800 billion stimulus to create jobs in exotic locations like Mexico, China and Finland.

AFP’s Florida state chairman Slade O’Brien said that energy issues have a special importance in his state because people run their air conditioners for 9 months of the year and because people worry about gas prices.

“One word summarizes Obama’s energy policy – hypocrisy,” O’Brien said.

The administration’s effort to encourage off-shore oil drilling in places like Brazil exposes the Obama administration’s green energy drive as hollow, according to O’Brien.

At the same time, the Obama administration has dragged its feet approving drilling permits on public land.

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