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Marco Rubio-aligned nonprofit launches million-dollar ‘issue’ ad campaign over Iran deal

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A nonprofit created by Marco Rubio supporters is about to launch a million-dollar advertising campaign, the first since the Florida senator announced his presidential campaign in April.

Conservative Solutions Project, which produced the 60-second “issue” ad called “Bad Deal,” will appear on cable TV, radio and online. Sean Sullivan of The Washington Post writes that the campaign is set to coincide with Senate preparations for securing a nuclear deal with Iran, as the deadline approaches.

“President Obama is negotiating a bad deal with Iran. Senator Marco Rubio is fighting to stop it,” says the ad’s voiceover.

Conservative Solutions Project, started by South Carolina GOP strategist J. Warren Tompkins, is a nonprofit organization with a similar name to a pro-Rubio super PAC. The campaign budget, Sullivan says, will be around $1 million for the first week.

Super PACs and nonprofits can both accept unlimited contributions. Nonprofits, however, must spend most of its money on non-political affairs, and do not have to disclose its donors, unlike PACs.

This is why the Conservative Solutions campaign commercials are technically classified as “issue ads,” even though it features Rubio prominently.

“Let me tell you about negotiations,” Rubio says in the spot. “It is a tactic that Iran is using and here’s the why: in 2003 the world told Iran ‘You cannot have any enrichment capability’ … then it became ‘Okay you can enrich but only up to twenty percent” … then it became ‘Okay you can enrich over twenty percent but you have to ship it overseas.’ Now it’s ‘Okay you can enrich at twenty percent but you can only use it to a research reactor.’

“At this pace,” Rubio continues, “in five years we are going to build the bomb for them.”

Other footage includes Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has opposed President Obama over Iran, and has sided with conservative Republicans.

“Tell your senators to join Marco Rubio,” the ad concludes. “Vote against Obama’s deal and stop Iran from getting the bomb.”

“Bad Deal” is now available on YouTube.

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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