Conservative Group’s Ads Needle RNC: ‘Got Trust?’

April 7, 2010 6:05 a.m.

It’s not very subtle.

The uber-conservative National Republican Trust PAC is running ads that might just be trying to convince Republican National Committee boosters to put their money elsewhere. The group, which spent big in 2008, has a new slogan: “Got trust?”

We first noticed the ad above a story critical of the RNC posted on The Daily Caller. The PAC boasted it is made up of “Republicans you can trust: With your principles … your time … your investment.”The group does not have anything posted on its site about RNC Chairman Michael Steele’s problems. See our primer on Steele’s terrible last few weeks here. We’re trying to reach the Trust PAC’s top official Scott Wheeler to ask about the new campaign and will update if we hear back.

Here are the ads:

According to the Web site, the National Republican Trust Political Action Committee seeks “to help promote American values and support federal candidates for Congress, Senate and the Presidency who share those values.”

The group did an early endorsement and several ads for Scott Brown (R) in Massachusetts, and was heavily involved in the NY-23 special election that fractured the GOP and led to a Democratic pickup of the seat for the first time since the Civil War.

Federal Election Commission filings show the Trust PAC has spent $2.8 million this cycle and spent $11.6 million in 2008.

Wheeler also has written an opinion post using Obama’s own mention of Muslim ties within his family. The group is perhaps best known for its series of independent expenditure ads in 2008 targeting Obama as having “radical” friends and wanting to give more rights to illegal immigrants.

Late update: The PAC’s executive director, Scott Wheeler, tells TPMDC he wants to remind Republicans there are plenty of options for donating to groups that “don’t squander their money.”

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