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Republican super PACs and their top henchmen are gearing up for the 2012 election by outspending the Democrats. They plan to raise $1 billion to help oust President Obama come November.

STORY: Bought & Sold! Super PACs Raising More Money Than GOD! 

According to Politico, prominent conservatives including Karl Rove, the Koch brothers and Tom Donohue of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, are planning to spend roughly $1 billion on November’s elections for the White House and control of Congress.

As reported by Politico:

That total includes previously undisclosed plans for newly aggressive spending by the Koch brothers, who are steering funding to build sophisticated, county-by-county operations in key states.

POLITICO has learned that Koch-related organizations plan to spend about $400 million ahead of the 2012 elections – twice what they had been expected to commit.

Just the spending linked to the Koch network is more than the $370 million that John McCain raised for his entire presidential campaign four years ago.

And the $1 billion total surpasses the $750 million that Barack Obama, one of the most prolific fundraisers ever, collected for his 2008 campaign.

Restore Our Future, the super PAC supporting Mitt Romney, proved its potency by spending nearly $50 million in the primaries.

Now able to entice big donors with a neck-and-neck general election, the group is likely to meet its new goal of spending $100 million more.

And American Crossroads and the affiliated Crossroads GPS, the groups that Rove and Ed Gillespie helped conceive and raise cash for, are expected to ante up $300 million, giving the two-year-old organization one of the election’s loudest voices.

“The intensity on the right is white-hot,” said Steven Law, president of American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS. “We just can’t leave anything in the locker room. And there is a greater willingness to cooperate and share information among outside groups on the center-right.”

In targeted states, the groups’ activities will include TV, radio and digital advertising; voter-turnout work; mail and phone appeals; and absentee- and early-ballot drives. 

Just to be clear – the $1 billion is outside money, not funds being raised by the Republican National Committee. However the Romney campaign and the Republican National Committee together intend to raise at least $800 million.

The Republican financial plans are unlike anything seen before in American politics. If the GOP groups hit their targets, they likely could outspend their liberal adversaries by at least two-to-one, according to officials involved in the budgeting for outside groups on the right and left.

Looks like this election season will be about the all mighty dollar.

SOURCE: Politico

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