The liberal group MoveOn, funded by liberal sugar daddy George Soros (the conservative version of the Koch Brothers) says it's going to air an ad condemning Gov. Rick Scott's noncitizen voter purge, which it's trying to link to Mitt Romney.
The ad continues what appears to be the over-the-top claim that the purge is "racist" -- which suggests the decision to clean the rolls is motivated by bigotry. There's really not much evidence for that. Noncitizens are not supposed to be registered to vote, and some are. But 87 percent of those identified as potential noncitizens are minorities. However, when you hunt for noncitizen voters, you will target immigrants. And immigrants in Florida are overwhelmingly Hispanic and, to a lesser degree, Haitian (and therefore black). Is that racist?
While the spot might be a good way to fire up some minority voters, there's a chance it could backfire as well. Floridians overwhelmingly back the effort to remove noncitizens from the voter rolls, according to a Quinnipiac University poll this week that showed 60% favored it and 35% opposed it.
There are flaws with the program, though. And it has largely been halted thanks to three federal lawsuits.
The ad buy appears relatively small (2,000 points) and targeted to the Tallahassee media market.