If Mitt Romney wins, the $1 billion conservative super PACs raised this election will be seen as money well spent. If he loses, there will be a fight among the biggest groups over which one made the most effective ads and who gets to be the "shadow boss" of the Republican Party. As Politico's Kenneth P. Vogel reports, the competition is between the Koch Brothers' Americans for Prosperity, Karl Rove's American Crossroads, and Restore Our Future, which was founded by Romney allies. Rove has been talking smack about the other two. "They’re positioning themselves to claim credit for successes, dodge blame for failures and prove that they’re not one-trick ponies that can only do narrowly targeted advertising," he writes.
"Rove at times also has questioned Restore Our Future in conversations with donors, suggesting for instance that the group may be squandering cash on high-fundraising fees," Vogel reports. In the first half of 2012, the group paid $3 million in fundraising fees to a company associated with former Romney aide Steven C. Roche, The Wall Street Journal's Brody Mullins and Mark Maremont reported in May. Pro-Obama super PAC Priorities USA outraised Restore Our Future for the first time in September. The pro-Romney group had been airing ads in only a few states it announced Thursday a big ad buy in nine states. But some of the states it had been spending in were not competitive for Romney, like Pennsylvania and Michigan.