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AFP ad sparks controversy

Posted: May 5, 2012 at 3:53 am   /   by

The description of a recent ad put out by Americans for Prosperity sounds straightforward enough:

AFP’s “Wasteful Spending” ad holds President Obama accountable for sending billions of taxpayer dollars to “green energy” companies overseas, even while Americans suffer with rising energy prices and a lack of jobs.

Just like scores of other ads being produced right now, this ad focuses on an area in which Obama has failed. And yet Barack Obama and his team are especially incensed by this particular ad, launching three separate attacks on AFP and this ad in the last few days.

Could it be that it hits a little too close to home? Obama has no jobs record to run on. All he has left to deploy is highly negative campaigning. This ad calls him out on something that is true, and does not paint a flattering picture. For Obama’s campaign, already struggling to find anything positive upon which to hang their hats, that simply won’t do.

AFP, for their parts, have put up a website documenting all their claims in the video.

The website:


The video:


Barack Obama—in a decidedly unpresidential move—actually mentioned AFP by name a year or so ago. They must really be striking at truths he does not want revealed.

Christopher Cook

Christopher Cook

Managing Editor at Western Free Press
Christopher Cook is a writer, editor, and political commentator. He is the president of Castleraine, Inc., a consulting firm providing a diverse array of services to corporate, public policy, and not-for-profit clients.

Ardently devoted to the cause of human freedom, he has worked at the confluence of politics, activism, and public policy for more than a decade. He co-wrote a ten-part series of video shorts on economics, and has film credits as a researcher on 11 political documentaries, including Citizens United's notorious film on Hillary Clinton that became the subject of a landmark Supreme Court decision. He is the founder of several activist endeavors, including (now a part of Western Free Press) and He is currently the managing editor of and principal contributor to
Christopher Cook