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November 1, 2012

election:

The anti-campaign ad: Richard Tisei, who’s seeking to unseat Rep. John Tierney in Massachusetts, knows voters are sick of campaign ads, and would probably much rather watch, say, footage of a beach. So, he released an ad that’s comprised of just that—a beach. There are no references to policies, vote records, or unsavory associations. Just a sunrise, seagulls, and gentle waves lapping at the shore. This reminds us a bit of Mike Gravel’s rock commercial, except Tisei’s is more succinct, has higher production value, and is grounded in reality.

Seth @ ShortFormBlog

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1:24 // 1 year ago
October 9, 2012
I am hoping to work myself out of a job.
David Donnelly, co-founder of Friends of Democracy, on the irony of backing a super PAC that aims to abolish super PACs. (via The New York Times)

If this guy gets laid off, it doesn’t count against our unemployment rate. 

(via officialssay)

9:47 // 1 year ago
August 11, 2012
jcstearns:

Just announced! Political Ad Sleuths: Campus Challenge, a national project aimed at shining some much needed sunlight on who is paying for all those political ads on local TV.
We are mobilizing and training political ad sleuths on college campuses around the country from now through the election. And there are prizes!
Interested in learning more? See my blog post here, and email CampusChallenge@freepress.net and please help spread the word.

For student journalists who want to sleuth a little and fans of muckraking.

jcstearns:

Just announced! Political Ad Sleuths: Campus Challenge, a national project aimed at shining some much needed sunlight on who is paying for all those political ads on local TV.

We are mobilizing and training political ad sleuths on college campuses around the country from now through the election. And there are prizes!

Interested in learning more? See my blog post here, and email CampusChallenge@freepress.net and please help spread the word.

For student journalists who want to sleuth a little and fans of muckraking.

17:35 // 1 year ago
May 17, 2012

Speaking of anti-Obama ads, here’s the early output of Karl Rove’s $25 million campaign to take on the president with attack ads. (Unlike the WTF thing we posted earlier, the attacks are strictly related to fiscal policy.) The Obama camp has already responded with a point-by-point YouTube video. Which is smart.

10:46 // 1 year ago
May 18, 2011

Wannabe Rep. Dan Adler really wanted to go viral. The Democratic entertainment exec, who is gunning for Jane Harman’s vacated seat in an election whose primary took place Tuesday, has released dozens of clips on his official YouTube channel in an attempt to go viral. Clips featuring his son saying the word “shit.” Clips with Adler sitting on a donkey’s ass. Clips featuring celebrities like Sean Astin and Patty Duke (since this is an L.A.-based district). But the clip above, where he talks to a couple of Korean-Americans about he’s just like them and how they should “stick together” — an ill-advised racial approach which has brought hellfire and brimstone, along with a bizarre endorsement from Glenn Beck of all people — was the one that actually did. (Yeah, he’s probably gonna lose this primary … badly.) source

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0:25 // 2 years ago
October 31, 2010

"Front groups" push negative ads on BOTH sides – not just GOP

  • lame Republican-leaning “front groups” have been pushing negative ads into campaigns across the country with little oversight. Democrats have loudly complained.
  • lamer Problem is, Democratic “front groups” also exist, and have been pushing negative ads into campaigns, too – most notably against Sharron Angle. source
11:33 // 3 years ago