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November 4, 2008 Independent groups are vying to get in the last word before the election's over, so we'll try too. Here's a litte potpourri of last-minute efforts...
November 3, 2008 Eugene Hedlund acknowledges that when Hollywood and New York filmmakers prepare political ads to target Middle America, they can spark a "backlash." So the self-described former Republican voter's political action committee, TruthandHope.org, team...
November 1, 2008 We thought some of the attack ads in September and October set new standards for tearing down a candidate.
October 31, 2008 Arizona is McCain territory -- he's made his home there since 1982 -- and losing it to Barack Obama would sting. So it's no wonder MoveOn.org wants to make that happen. With Obama's campaign gearing up in the state, the
October 29, 2008 Let Freedom Ring is putting a lot of money behind its current kitchen-sink blast of anti-Obam
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October 29, 2008 It's the final push, folks, and they're pushing hard. Here's a wave of liberal ads hoping to unseat Senate Republicans -- and a video representation of Republican fear.
October 28, 2008 Remember the Clarion Fund and its DVD, "Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against The West"? The DVD -- and the fund's murky background -- caused an uproar when Clarion spre
October 27, 2008 Every election season, some independent groups sizzle with controversy and impact, and others fizzle. We couldn't tell at first, but the National Republican Trust PAC appears to be of the sizzling variety.
October 24, 2008 North Carolina defense contractor Tim D'Annunzio is doing what almost no other citizen does, or can afford to do. He's producing and airing his own political ads, as we reporte
October 23, 2008 How long does it take to go from gaffe to attack ad? Five days, based on our most recent example.
October 22, 2008 The one form of political advertising that's completely unregulated and free is the speech of an individual citizen, even when money amplifies that speech by putting it on the airwaves. Tim D'Annunzio, who describes himself as a "concerned North C...
October 21, 2008 It's the hunters and the hunted. MoveOn.org uses a wall-mounted moose head in a new TV ad against the McCain-Palin ticket; Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund blames dead polar bears on Sarah Palin; and the National Rifle Assocaition says Obama won'...
October 20, 2008 If Hillary Clinton had won the Democratic primary, the Republican Jewish Coalition might be quoting Barack Obama. But, as fate would have it, Obama won -- so the RJC says "Hillary is right."
October 17, 2008 (Udate 10/18/08: National Republican Trust PAC just sent out another fundraising email with the subject line "Obama Lies Smashed by Neutron Bomb in Ohio." The "neutron bomb" refers to the PAC's TV ad.)
October 15, 2008 The conservative advocacy group Let Freedom Ring has been quiet for a while, but apparently it was just saving up for the big clang. The group, which helped turn out battlegr
October 13, 2008 John McCain pulled his staff out of Michigan, but his backers aren't ready to give up. Two conservative political action committees are gearing up to sprinkle the state with
October 9, 2008 Just as the presidential race is awash with new attack ads, Senate candidates face a crushing wave of messages from outside groups as well. Here, we feature the American Energy Alliance, Americans for Job Security, Freedom's Watch, Health Care for...
October 9, 2008 Here it comes, folks. Outside groups are unleashing a giant barrage of advertising in the presidential and Senate races.
October 7, 2008 Some questions were left hanging when we broadcast and blogged last month on the Clarion Fund, the 501(c)(3) charity that distributed its DVD, "Obsession: Radical Islam's
September 30, 2008 New ads and new groups burst onto TV screens in September. Independent groups bought about $23 million worth of election-oriented airtime during the month, according to the Campaign Media Analysis Group. Let's
September 25, 2008 It's a tough choice for Colorado's Senate seat. There's Democrat Mark Udall, who won't protect us against terrorists. And then there's Republican Bob Schaffer, who doesn't care if sweatshop workers are forced to have abortions. Must be true, right...
September 23, 2008 The blogosphere is alive with the sound of buzz -- all about an inflammatory DVD on radical Islam being distributed to millions of households at the peak of election season.
September 17, 2008 Vets For Freedom has a new ad in what's become a series, playing up Barack Obama's opposition to the Iraq surge strategy. A consultant to VFF says it's a national cable buy of $400,000.
September 10, 2008 The battle continues over whether Sen. Gordon Smith (R-OR) is closer to Obama or Bush.
September 2, 2008 UPDATE: Well, that was quick. Leighton Woodhouse, communications director for Brave New Films, called us to "really, really, really strongly object" to our comparison of their new video to the Swift Boat attacks of 2004. Beyond the "superficial s
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