GOP Super Pacs to spend up to $1 billion
At least there's not much chance Republicans will be outspent as they were in 2008.
Republican super PACs and other outside groups shaped by a loose network of prominent conservatives - including Karl Rove, the Koch brothers and Tom Donohue of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce - plan to spend roughly $1 billion on November's elections for the White House and control of Congress, according to officials familiar with the groups' internal operations.
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.
It's not so much the amount of cash that's important, but where it will be spent. The GOP plans to match Obama's efforts at grass roots organizing in states like Florida, Ohio, Virginia, and North Carolina. All those swing states are expected to be nail biters on election day and being able to reach down and organize at the precinct level will somewhat negate Obama's advantage that he held in 2008.
Looking at current polls that show Obama ahead in all those states except North Carolina, Romney is going to need all the help he can get.