Posts Tagged ‘ political advertising ’

Obama Led Opponent in Spending in August

Sep 22nd, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Election 2008

Senator Barack Obama significantly outspent Senator John McCain in August as the two campaigns ramped up their general election fight, with the Obama campaign spending $53 million that month, $32 million of which went to advertising. That compared with the $41 million spent by the McCain campaign, $23 million of which went to advertising.

Right to Smear

Sep 21st, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Opinion

Posing as a mere “issue advocacy” operation, the “Real Truth About Obama” group’s ad attacks Mr. Obama’s character and trashes the candidate’s nuanced position on abortion. To spread these lies, the group wants an injunction against the Federal Election Commission’s disclosure and spending rules, instituted after the 2004 campaign.

Immigration Deception

Sep 19th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Opinion

Senator McCain lied first, in a Spanish-language ad that accused Senator Obama of helping to kill immigration reform last year, by voting for amendments that supposedly doomed a bipartisan bill. Mr. Obama’s retaliatory ad, also in Spanish, was just as fraudulent. The country needs to hear better answers, stated clearly and forthrightly.

Campaigns Adjust Their Pace to Meet Short Season

Sep 10th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Election 2008

Senators John McCain and Barack Obama are confronting a sharply abbreviated general election campaign season, the product of the late nominating conventions and a boom in early voting in tightly contested states. This shortened timetable is forcing both campaigns to recalibrate the pace of television advertisements, accelerate voter turnout operations and tailor the candidates’ traveling schedules to accommodate states where voting is imminent.

A time for new beginnings – the week in review

Aug 31st, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Opinion

This week was a time for new beginnings. In the US, Barack Obama accepted the Democratic Party nomination, while Republican John McCain the little-known Sarah Palin as his running mate. In Australia, the Liberal leadership speculation entered an even more confusing stage, while the Labor Party outlined a number of new policies.

Campaigns Shift as McCain Choice Alters the Race

Aug 31st, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Election 2008

The Obama campaign had prepared lines of attack directed at the two men thought to be the most likely Republican vice-presidential picks — former Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts and Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota — but had not considered Ms. Palin a likely enough choice to do the same for her.

McCain Ad Is Valentine to Obama on Big Day

Aug 29th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Election 2008

“Senator Obama, this is truly a good day for America,” Senator McCain said, in a striking departure from his recent, more pointed advertisements. “Too often the achievements of our opponents go unnoticed. So I wanted to stop and say, Congratulations. Tomorrow, we’ll be back at it. But tonight, Senator, job well done.”

Republican Party Tries to Upstage Democrats

Aug 26th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Election 2008

The opposition party once more or less ceded the stage to the convening party during its convention, under the assumption that breaking into the news coverage would be next to impossible. Over the past few presidential election cycles, as Washington became more bitterly partisan, that view began to disintegrate.

Unions use warchest to attack Labor Party

Aug 26th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Australia

Union leaders have unveiled plans for a three-week advertising blitz highlighting the fact that the Australian Building and Construction Commission is empowered to fine individual workers up to $22,000 for stopping work, or jail them for six months for simply refusing to answer questions about union activities.

A Billionaire Finances Ads Hitting Obama

Aug 23rd, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Election 2008

In 2004, Harold Simmons donated $2 million to the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, whose advertisements against then-Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry included one that, with allegations since discredited, impugned Senator Kerry’s military service as a Swift boat captain during the Vietnam War.