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The pro-Romney super PAC cut their anti-Newt Gingrich ad down to 30-seconds. That's not all they cut. The new ad removes an attack line hitting Gingrich for supporting an individual mandate for health care, something that was the centerpiece of the health care law Romney passed as governor of Massachusetts. [WaPo]

Crossroads GPS is leading the way in spending on issue advertisements, which help support their case as a non-profit social welfare group despite many of the issue ads appearing to just be attack ads. [HuffPost]

The Federal Election Commission Shore: one of the seemingly most boring agencies in Washington is home to a bitter feud between commissioners who really do not personally like each other. [Politico]

That pro-Romney super PAC has veterans of the infamous Willie Horton ad making ads for them. [iWatch]

Rick Berman, front group extraordinaire, is planning to roll out $3 million in ads promoting anti-union legislation. [HuffPost]

Who are the big Super PAC players? Justin Elliot of Salon runs down the list. [Salon]

The Obama campaign is beginning to pay attention to the hedge fund backed, secretly funded, pseudo-political party Americans Elect. [NatJo]

CAMPAIGN VIDEOS
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Committee: Restore Our Future
Candidate opposed: Newt Gingrich
Spot: "Plan" -- The super PAC supporting Mitt Romney cut their anti-Newt Gingrich ad down from one minute to thirty seconds. They also cut their reference to Gingrich's support of a national individual mandate for health care out of the ad entirely.
Link: [http://youtu.be/ZVXbiY33TdM]
Market: Iowa.
Buy: Part of a reported $3.1 million ad buy.

Committee: Mitt Romney for President
Candidate opposed: Newt Gingrich
Spot: "Newt and Nancy" -- Romney goes after Gingrich in this video highlighting Gingrich's work with both Al Gore and Nancy Pelosi in an ad about climate change. The ad says that Gingrich helped to promote Gore's climate change agenda and asks, "With friends like Newt, who needs The Left?" The video comes along with a new web site focusing on the Gore climate change ad called NewtandNancy.com.
Link: [http://youtu.be/UCz8GUd67ms]
Market: Unknown
Buy: Undisclosed

Committee: American Bridge
Candidate opposed: Mitt Romney
Spot: "Those Who Live In Glass Houses..." -- The oppo super PAC American Bridge strings together this video contrasting Romney's criticism of Gingrich over his payments from Freddie Mac with Romney's investment of $500,000 in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
Link: [http://youtu.be/VGd9FCxx5Ts]
Market: YouTube
Buy: None. Just a web video.

Committee: National Republican Congressional Committee
Candidate opposed: Rep. Bill Owens
Spot: "Manure" -- If you've been waiting for that political ad featuring animated cow poop your day has finally arrived. This NRCC ad targets Rep. Owens for saying that he wanted to shrink the debt in his previous campaign ads and then supporting, "President Obama's wasteful spending." There is an animated cow who moos and a steaming pile of animated cow poop in this ad.
Link: [http://youtu.be/jcwUWvEFBts]
Market: YouTube
Buy: None. Just a web video.

Committee: Jason Altmire for Congress
Candidate supported: Rep. Jason Altmire
Spot: "Jason Altmire Shows Up" -- Rep. Altmire is running for reelection in a new district that pits him against another incumbent Democrat, Rep. Mark Critz. This nearly two minute long video is a bio ad to introduce him to some of people who he hopes will be his new constituents.
Link: [http://youtu.be/3QVVge2dLh0]
Market: YouTube
Buy: None. Just a web video.

TRACKING INDEPENDENT SPENDING IN THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE:
These numbers represent spending by independent groups, like super PACs and non-profits, to support or oppose a particular candidate for the presidency in 2012. Fundrace will update this spending daily to help show which candidates are gaining from the proliferation of independent groups in this coming election.

Rick Perry (R), $1,972,058 to support, $0 to oppose. (+$499,377)
Jon Huntsman (R), $1,455,473 to support, $0 to oppose.
Newt Gingrich (R), $0 to support, $826,718 to oppose.
Herman Cain (R), $462,217 to support, $0 to oppose.
Barack Obama (D), $0 to support, $357,929 to oppose.
Mitt Romney (R), $0 to support, $329,473 to oppose.
Gary Johnson (R), $518 to support, $0 to oppose.

RECENT INDEPENDENT EXPENDITURES

Make Us Great Again, $499,377 to support Rick Perry for President.

RECENT POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE REGISTRATIONS

Restart Congress, Lansing, Mich., Treasurer: Terri Land. (Super PAC)
Credo SuperPAC, San Francisco, Calif., Treasurer: Becky Bond. (Super PAC)
Winning Our Future, Lawrenceville, Ga., Treasurer: Brent Mudd. (Super PAC supporting Newt Gingrich for President)
ArticleIISuperPAC, Simi Valley, Calif., Treasurer: Gary Wilmott. (Super PAC)
America's Super Alliance PAC, Lansign, Mich., Treasurer: Daniel Hibma.

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