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Vets For Freedom Keeps After Obama — But It's Not Political

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.

The ad contrasts Obama's assessments of the surge with those of Gen. David Petraeus. But then it seems to pull its punch. Instead of a closing line like "Barack Obama: Wrong On The Surge, Wrong On Iraq" (hang around campaigns long enough and you can learn to write this way too), the ad tells viewers to tell Obama to support Senate Resolution 636.


Legislative and tax intricacies after the jump....

This is an ad crafted with deep respect for the tax code and campaign finance law.

VFF is a 501c4 advocacy group, so it's limited in the amount of overt politicking it can do. Tax law requires that c4's engage mostly in non-political work, so VFF is here doing issue advocacy. It's promoting S.Res. 636.

The non-binding resolution expresses the Senate's gratitude to U.S. forces who fought in the surge, recognizes that the gains aren't permanent, and says, after 26 whereases, that it's "imperative that no action be taken that jeopardizes those gains or dishonors the service and sacrifice of the men and women of the United States Armed Forces who made those gains possible."

The resolution was authored by Sen. Joseph Lieberman, the Independent from Connecticut who is one of John McCain's closest friends in the Senate. In addition to those two, 11 other senators have signed on as cosponsors, all Republicans.

But meanwhile, VFF's political action committee is doing endorsements today. Among the endorsed is Democratic Rep. Jim Marshall (GA), who cosponsored a similar surge resolution in the House.