Who’s Who of Republican Groups Airs Pennsylvania Ads — 2/3 Romney

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Voters walk past supporters holding signs on their way to casting ballots at Northwest Elementary School on Nov. 6, 2012 in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Mitt Romney and 10 0allied groups ran television ads in Pennsylvania in the past week, a last-ditch effort to shift the Democratic-leaning state’s 20 electoral votes to the Republican column in today’s election.

The pro-Romney side supplied 5,115 of the 8,052 ads, or 64 percent, on Pennsylvania broadcast stations in the seven-day period ended Nov. 4, according to Kantar Media’s CMAG, a television ad tracker. President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign supplied 2,840 ads, or 35 percent.

Romney’s campaign accounted for 1,057 ads, or just 21 percent of the total Republican ads. The rest of the pro-Romney groups on Pennsylvania television read like a who’s who in Republican super-political action committees and non-profit groups.

American Crossroads, a Republican super-political action committee, provided 889 ads, followed by Restore Our Future, a pro-Romney super-PAC, with 822 spots. The Republican National Committee provided 625 spots and American Future Fund, a nonprofit founded by Iowa Republican political operatives, placed 535 spots.

Here are the rest of the Republican-leaning groups: Americans for Prosperity (409 ads), a non-profit group founded and funded by the billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch; Super PAC for America (285), linked to political commentators Michael Reagan and Dick Morris; Americans for Job Security (281 ads), a non-profit group; 60 Plus Association (116 ads), an advocacy group representing seniors; the American Energy Alliance (88 ads), which ran ads in Pittsburgh and Johnstown attacking Obama’s proposed cap-and-trade system to reduce carbon emissions; and the Republican Jewish Coalition (8 ads).

Obama’s most popular ad in the Philadelphia market attacked Romney on abortion. The president’s most-aired ad in Pittsburgh accuses Romney of favoring large tax cuts for wealthy income-earners, noting that he paid about a 14 percent rate on more than $20 million in income in 2010.

Obama got a little help on Pennsylvania television from Patriot Super PAC, a pro-Democratic group that paid for 74 ads on Pittsburgh television linking Romney to Bain Capital LLC, the Boston-based private equity company he co-founded.

Randall Terry, an anti-abortion activist, ran 23 ads.

Pennsylvania last voted Republican for president in 1988. Obama carried the state by 10 percentage points four years ago. Most surveys show Obama with a smaller edge in the state.

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