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Pro-Clinton 527 Releases First TV Ad

By Matthew Mosk
A new independent group has started raising substantial amounts of money to put television ads on the air in Texas and Ohio that appear to be designed to help Sen. Hillary Clinton in her heated primary battles there.

The group called American Leadership Project is organized as a so-called 527 group (because of its tax designation) and can raise unlimited amounts of money from private donors. The group is preparing to run the following television commercial, which includes a fairly obvious swipe at Barack Obama in its opening line. "If speeches could create jobs, we wouldn't be facing a recession," the ad says.

Roger V. Salazar, a former press official from the Clinton White House, is a spokesman for the group. He says the group's aim is to "shine a light on very important issues -- health care, the economy, the mortgage crisis. We want to communicate to people where they're paying the most attention right now. Right now that's Ohio and Texas."

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Based on reading comments, I am not sure if the readers have actualy watched the ad. It's not that negative. Sure it discredits Obama's speeach. Other than that, it's mostly what Hillary stands for. Obama also uses his ads and flyers to attack Hillary. So who is to say that one is more innocent than the other.

So just as I suspected all we are doing is speculating and expressing prejudices towards Hillary Clinton. If it's true that there are so many people who dislike her, why hasn't Obama secured his nomination yet. It's because it isn't true that so many people dislike her. Sure, there is a group of people who dislike her, and they want the rest of us to think that more people dislike her than not. But it simply isn't ture. Hillary was voted #1 as the most courageous woman of the year for the magazine whose name I can't remember at the moment. And it was people's choice.

Let's become more resourceful than just believing what other people or media say. I think that the convenience of internet has made us a bit lazy. We take it for granted of getting information on our fingertips. And we have become lazy doing fact checking. I really think it's importnat that we remain resourceful, other wise there is a danger of us becoming vulnerable to influence of people whose main interests are based on greed and control.

Posted by: prosperity168 | February 25, 2008 3:37 AM | Report abuse

Information about this group, America leadershp Project ( )is already beginning to find it's way across the web...GOOD! We need to know what 527's are up to, who is behind them and what they have to benefit by their actions.

On WikiPedia :

Keep you eyes on the 527's and make sure they don't speak from the shadows!

Posted by: mail | February 23, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

The comments above related to the 527 demonstrate the divisiveness that results from this loophole in campaign finance. To those in the Democratic Party; please do not succumb to the negativism - we need to be one party; not a divided party. We are at a critical point in this nation's history - it is essential that we change the course of our nation! To those commenting from the Republican party - why waste your time?

Posted by: ckolson | February 22, 2008 9:41 PM | Report abuse

yes just like she supported NAFTA!!!And the manditory sentencing of crack versus powder cocaine,when she and bill and the rest of the crew were helping to fly it into the country with their buddies un Arkansas.Is her dad still connected with the mob out of chicago!!!

Posted by: nothugs2003 | February 21, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Mrs Obama is a RACIST!


She is so angry, I will get her pregnant

Posted by: ermias.kifle | February 21, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Mrs Obama is a RACIST!


She is so angry, I will get her pregnant

Posted by: ermias.kifle | February 21, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

and if you jump on me for spelling embarrassing wrong you will further prove my point.

Posted by: mlearakim | February 21, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

To hopeful08

I was apalled by your statement, which I have inserted below.

"First of all if you wish to have any credibility whatsoever, you might want to invest in a few more night classes! Your English is a disaster. You sound like an ignorant rambling fool who has absolutely no idea about what you are talking about. Get a dictionary!"

You dismiss and ridicule someone because they have less education than you do. That is markedly undemocratic. Please consider this and avoid embaressing Obama supporters in the future.

Posted by: mlearakim | February 21, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

When she decides to turnover her papers from her husband library then we will talk. Someone said taht Obama wants the first black President. I guess Hillary doesn' want to be the first female President? If you can't beat someone playing by the rules don't run. Those tactics work for Bush, so Hillary is following suite.

Posted by: hopsonr1 | February 21, 2008 10:42 AM | Report abuse

The reason it takes wealthy Americans to get out the "TRUTH" is so many of you are caught up in the hype of the "lights, camera, no action" politics of the Barack Hussein Obama campaign.

As you all gaze starry eyed as you state, "He inspires me, but I can't name one policy issue he supports", hear this:

Obama is a fraud. Everything he wrote in his memoir was stolen from real community organizers on the South Side of Chicago. The publisher Crown refuses to continue selling the book.

Obama is a liar. He so loftly speaks on campaign fundraising reform but is now wavering, could it be because he has taken so much money from Syrians, Lebanese, PLO supporters like Tony Rezko in Chicago?

Obama is corrupt. When Obama bought his home for 1.6 million dollars in Chicago he was making $39,000 and even with spousal salary he could not afford it, but came back the next day and the realtor in Chicago states after a call from Tont Rezko the cost of the home dropped from 2.0 million to 1.6 million and Obama suddenly had the money.

Obama plays favors. When Obama bought a plot of land from Rezko adjacent to the dirty dealing home property, for 105,000 (that appraised at 40,000), Obama also gave a senator internship to a Rezko family friends kid.

Are you Obamites still inspired?

Or will you wake up when he asks you to drink the Kool Aid in Guyana?

Posted by: kghaceo | February 21, 2008 9:44 AM | Report abuse

as a senior i will be voting for hillary clinton the one with the most experience to lead us out of this mess that mr. bush is leaving behind to be cleaned up,thank you.

Posted by: ljm691 | February 21, 2008 9:20 AM | Report abuse

I find it ironic that her husband, Bill Clinton, was the biggest promoter, supporter and signed NAFTA, into law and this is probably the single greatest cause for job losses in this country!

Can anyone say "Hypocrite?"

Shame on you you really think we are all that stupid?

Vote Obama

Posted by: hopeful08 | February 21, 2008 8:20 AM | Report abuse

To Linnette_Steele

First of all if you wish to have any credibility whatsoever, you might want to invest in a few more night classes! Your English is a disaster. You sound like an ignorant rambling fool who has absolutely no idea about what you are talking about. Get a dictionary!

Obama is crushing Hillary while Hillary continues to crush the party. She is setting up the Republicans to win in November and she needs to stop all of this negative nonsense because it's only going to backfire on her.

Posted by: hopeful08 | February 21, 2008 8:12 AM | Report abuse

This is a very tasteful add. I am an independent voter and have no bone to pick here; but, why would Obama supporters get upset over such a beautifully spoken add? Why are Obama supporters so afraid of hearing the truth?

I realize that this add is not long-winded and filled with plagiarized words of "hope and change," this add is about Hillary Clinton and her solutions coupled with the deep love and pride she has for this country!

Posted by: lcsilk_99 | February 21, 2008 7:45 AM | Report abuse

It seems incredible that Senator Obama's speeches have caused so much harm -- recession, foreclosures, factory closings. The power of words, I guess.

Posted by: rarignac | February 21, 2008 5:35 AM | Report abuse

Obama has been negative and sexist toward Hillary from the beginning of this campaign. Doesn't he realize he's playing "the same old WA game w/ the same old WA players" (his buddies Teddy & Kerry) and that he has DAUGHTERS!! Given the media bias and BO's lying ads and flyers, I think it's terrific Hillary has this backing.

Posted by: samnsuesie | February 21, 2008 12:40 AM | Report abuse

Hey, if the American Leadership Project was trying to keep their 527 secret, they would have done better to tell 'Dear Abby'. That news got out fast; so fast that any grossly negative attack by this group will be frowned upon just as quickly, and very loudly. I still wonder how many toes do the Clintons have left. I'm counting as fast as I can, but they seem to be saving some of them. This new 527 is going to shoot its own toes off, saving the Clintons from buying a different shoe size.

Posted by: jrev7620042000 | February 21, 2008 12:26 AM | Report abuse

Thrapp, I could just as well ask: WHY are some of Obama's biggest supporters upper income whites? Hillary's biggest support has been from people who make under $50,000 a year.

Posted by: superbu1 | February 21, 2008 12:05 AM | Report abuse

That 527 groups supporting Clinton have started to attack Obama shows how even her supporters realize her campaign is on life support.

The play is straight out of the Carl Rove campaign play list, and will serve to alienate even greater numbers of Democrats to jump the sinking Clinton ship and support Obama.

The Clinton attack team will be out in full force, because there is nothing else they can do with their campaign in free fall.

Attacks will range from not so subtle to outright ridiculous as Clinton desperately clings to the hope she can salvage her campaign.

The process will strengthen the McCain campaign as the process of Clinton's attempts to tear down Obama alienate undecided voters.

Undecided voters will be pushed away from the Democratic candidate because they will want to support a perceived winner, not a hapless survivor.

If Democrats are to have a chance of winning in November, it is necessary that the acrimonious campaign being waged by the Clinton's gives way to the obvious choice of the majority of primary voters. Clinton needs to get out of the way, and come out in full support of Obama or Democrats chances of winning in November may be seriously damaged beyond repair.

Posted by: ricroe | February 20, 2008 11:03 PM | Report abuse

"Tell Hillary to keep working on those solutions for the middle class."

Paid for by The American Leadership Project... friends and wealthy cronies for Hillary Clinton.

Because we know what's best for you America!

Posted by: brodier | February 20, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Chris Matthews to Kirk Watson, Texas rep supporting Obama:

"Sir, can you name Senator Obama's legislative accomplishments"? "Can you name any of them? Name one."

Watson - NO, I CAN'T!

Could not name any Obama legislative accomplishments!

Posted by: FredCDobbs | February 20, 2008 6:34 PM | Report abuse

desperation usually brings forth very destructive conduct. Obama will beat this back too. The nomination will be his on March 4. If he wins Ohio, and Texas, will she finally agree to go back to Arkansas with Bill and get out of our lives?

Posted by: isometruman | February 20, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Hillary Clinton really has helped get legislation through, even when she was "only" a First Lady. Please Obama supporters, I'm not taking away his community organization as irrelevant experience or his inspirational campaign - in turn please realize Hillary's achievements. Stop borrowing Republican mud... it doesnt stick very well to a Clinton.

Posted by: jack9 | February 20, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Good timing, Clinton supporters. Thank you for illustrating Obama's point that public financing can't prevent big money from having a big influence on elections as long as 527s are in the mix.

The George W. Bush campaign didn't swiftboat John Kerry. It was a 527.

Posted by: DoTheMath | February 20, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

If everyone who sees these ads will send Barack Obama $50.00 for his campaign, we might put an end to such sleazy campaign tactics. The Clintons will do and say anything to gain power.

Posted by: DonA1 | February 20, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Nice ad. Doesn't seem to talk about how every piece of legislation she voted for, Obama ALSO voted for. What has she done that Obama hasn't done, aside from being a senator a few more years?

She hasn't discussed exactly how those extra years of experience help her at all...she's just hoping that we will all "assume" that they will.

Strange that her additional years of experience hasn't helped her formulate a stronger campaign than Obama's.

Posted by: andrew.mar | February 20, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Obama's speech (October, 2002):

Good afternoon. Let me begin by saying that although this has been billed as an anti-war rally, I stand before you as someone who is not opposed to war in all circumstances.

The Civil War was one of the bloodiest in history, and yet it was only through the crucible of the sword, the sacrifice of multitudes, that we could begin to perfect this union, and drive the scourge of slavery from our soil. I don't oppose all wars.

My grandfather signed up for a war the day after Pearl Harbor was bombed, fought in Patton's army. He saw the dead and dying across the fields of Europe; he heard the stories of fellow troops who first entered Auschwitz and Treblinka. He fought in the name of a larger freedom, part of that arsenal of democracy that triumphed over evil, and he did not fight in vain.

I don't oppose all wars.

After September 11th, after witnessing the carnage and destruction, the dust and the tears, I supported this Administration's pledge to hunt down and root out those who would slaughter innocents in the name of intolerance, and I would willingly take up arms myself to prevent such a tragedy from happening again.

I don't oppose all wars. And I know that in this crowd today, there is no shortage of patriots, or of patriotism. What I am opposed to is a dumb war. What I am opposed to is a rash war. What I am opposed to is the cynical attempt by Richard Perle and Paul Wolfowitz and other arm-chair, weekend warriors in this Administration to shove their own ideological agendas down our throats, irrespective of the costs in lives lost and in hardships borne.

What I am opposed to is the attempt by political hacks like Karl Rove to distract us from a rise in the uninsured, a rise in the poverty rate, a drop in the median income - to distract us from corporate scandals and a stock market that has just gone through the worst month since the Great Depression.

That's what I'm opposed to. A dumb war. A rash war. A war based not on reason but on passion, not on principle but on politics.

Now let me be clear - I suffer no illusions about Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal man. A ruthless man. A man who butchers his own people to secure his own power. He has repeatedly defied UN resolutions, thwarted UN inspection teams, developed chemical and biological weapons, and coveted nuclear capacity.

He's a bad guy. The world, and the Iraqi people, would be better off without him.

But I also know that Saddam poses no imminent and direct threat to the United States, or to his neighbors, that the Iraqi economy is in shambles, that the Iraqi military a fraction of its former strength, and that in concert with the international community he can be contained until, in the way of all petty dictators, he falls away into the dustbin of history.

I know that even a successful war against Iraq will require a US occupation of undetermined length, at undetermined cost, with undetermined consequences. I know that an invasion of Iraq without a clear rationale and without strong international support will only fan the flames of the Middle East, and encourage the worst, rather than best, impulses of the Arab world, and strengthen the recruitment arm of al-Qaeda.

I am not opposed to all wars. I'm opposed to dumb wars.

So for those of us who seek a more just and secure world for our children, let us send a clear message to the president today. You want a fight, President Bush? Let's finish the fight with Bin Laden and al-Qaeda, through effective, coordinated intelligence, and a shutting down of the financial networks that support terrorism, and a homeland security program that involves more than color-coded warnings.

You want a fight, President Bush? Let's fight to make sure that the UN inspectors can do their work, and that we vigorously enforce a non-proliferation treaty, and that former enemies and current allies like Russia safeguard and ultimately eliminate their stores of nuclear material, and that nations like Pakistan and India never use the terrible weapons already in their possession, and that the arms merchants in our own country stop feeding the countless wars that rage across the globe.

You want a fight, President Bush? Let's fight to make sure our so-called allies in the Middle East, the Saudis and the Egyptians, stop oppressing their own people, and suppressing dissent, and tolerating corruption and inequality, and mismanaging their economies so that their youth grow up without education, without prospects, without hope, the ready recruits of terrorist cells.

You want a fight, President Bush? Let's fight to wean ourselves off Middle East oil, through an energy policy that doesn't simply serve the interests of Exxon and Mobil.

Those are the battles that we need to fight. Those are the battles that we willingly join. The battles against ignorance and intolerance. Corruption and greed. Poverty and despair.

The consequences of war are dire, the sacrifices immeasurable. We may have occasion in our lifetime to once again rise up in defense of our freedom, and pay the wages of war. But we ought not - we will not - travel down that hellish path blindly. Nor should we allow those who would march off and pay the ultimate sacrifice, who would prove the full measure of devotion with their blood, to make such an awful sacrifice in vain.

Let's turn the page,


Posted by: supportobama | February 20, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Although I don't recall specifics, Obama does have legislative and public-service records. What does Hillary have besides her dreary "35 years of making change" rhetoric that indicates she was a bus driver or, perhaps, a fast-food cashier? Nothing against these professions but is that what she's putting up against the Obama wave?

Posted by: filoporquequilo | February 20, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Keep it up Obama nutz. Wha wha wha!!!!
Or get out and start campaigning for the "our time has come" candidate. The super delegates will decide the outcome and there will be a few unhappy Americans. More wha wha wha!!!

Posted by: lindafranke1952 | February 20, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

I do still believe that we the voters would vote to someone who just love to talk but he has not done anything except using beautiful words to say that HE WILL DO. Read it right! That he will like to do. At this very crucial time of our country, I don't think we need someone that just know how to talk but nver beena doer. I don't hink our country need that kind of person or candidate. We need someone that she has proven a good result and that she don't have to be on the job training when she start the job. Hillary has proven good results and Hillary is always been a doer not just a talker like Obama. Especially Obama's intention is to be president because he is black. Like what Obama said, to rewrite the American History to be president you need to black. This is beyond craziness and beyond imagination. I have not heard this kind but on Obama. I know the people of the United States, be black, white, asian, indianm hispanic, they understand better than Obama that that's not how we vote for president. Obama is the one who is racist just the way Obama does things. Obama use his black race to be voted and firtunately, we the voters still have the right mind. Obama loves to talk that's all but Obama has not done anything but using some people to reach their inner motives to be president when in fact dee p inside of Obama he is not yet capable to lead our country since Obama does not have the experience it takes to lead our country especially at this crucial time that we are having with our economy. Some people just be used to hear Obama's speeches but if tbey only llok deepoer of what he has or he had done........they will realize is it now that we need Obama? THIS IS A WAKE UP CALL FOR ALL OF US. WE CARE MORE OUR COUNTRY THAN OUR INNER MOTIVES OR SELF SATISFACTION LIKE OBAMA. WE ARE NOT GOING TO VOTE BECAUSE HE IS BLACK. We are going to vote for a candidate because that candidate is the best qualified, experience candidate to lead our country and bring back our economy to normal. HILLARY SO FAR HAS ALL THAT. they have done it before, Hillary will do it agqain. Hillary is real...Hillary has real goals for our country and the people of the United States. Not like Obama, all he wants is to be president because he is black. I don't think we need to degrade our standard, because it is not just race to consider but experience, knowledge and proven accomplsihments that really exist.
WAKE UP AMERICA! WE DESERVE BETTER LEADER FOR OUR COUNTRY! I believe that all the people of the United States need to digest what Obama is actually saying and his motives. Viva America! viva Hillary!

Posted by: lianette_steele | February 20, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

In my opinion what people seem to be missing here is that the Obama campaign is representing a fundamental change in the political system in this country. The time of the white, anglo saxon based Protestant old men who have run this country for years is changing. What I believe Obama is representing is a governement that will be more open and representative of the changing popules in this country and around the World

Posted by: rbarron | February 20, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Make no mistake, the superdelegates could end this NOW. They choose not to. It will be interesting to see if it comes back to bite them individually.

Posted by: jameswhanger | February 20, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

It has become crystal clear. The Clintons will not stop until the party is destroyed. If the superdelegates don't use their power to stave off this assault on the party, then they will reap what they've sown.

Posted by: jameswhanger | February 20, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Who would have thought that this would happen in a 2008 Presidential Primary? Pro-Clinton 527s attacking a member of the same political party. I thought that this maneuver was mainly a ploy used against opposing parties (i.e. Republicans against Democrats), not members within the same party (Democrats against Democrats)?!?!?!

My, my, my, how things have changed?!

I guess I need to make another donation to the Obama campaign.

Posted by: ajtiger92 | February 20, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

This move plays directly to Obama's strong suit. Given his recent Op-ed in USA Today, in which he proposes an agreement for both nominees to discourage outside groups from airing such ads on their behalf, this group will further emphasize the different alternatives posed Dem primary voters.

Posted by: bsimon | February 20, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Too funny!! Is this the republicans?? NO SHAME!!

Posted by: jameswhanger | February 20, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

WHY do these wealthy individuals so desperately want to help Hillary? Obama's support is mostly most of us. This is scary...

Posted by: thrapp | February 20, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

I think this ad just reflects Hillary's policies and what she has worked on in the past as a senator, I saw nothing distasteful towards Obama.

If you think this was bad, you better wake up. Swift boat will be ruthless.

Posted by: ca67klein | February 20, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

HRC: Fat cats to the rescue? (Updated)

"Big donors are planning to use this decade's big loophole, so-called "527" groups, to put together big-bucks contributions and try to help her in Ohio, Texas and Pennsylvania. The Atlantic:

"They're canvassing Clinton donors for pledges of up to $100,000 in the hope of raising at least $10M by the end of next week....By law, the 527 cannot coordinate its activities with the Clinton campaign, although at least one major Clinton donor with direct ties to the campaign said last night that the effort was an open secret among donors.""

Posted by: IndependenceEveWonderlandBallroom | February 20, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

The 527 "swift boat" tactics of the past are precisely what the electorate are rejecting in this political cycle. This kind of transparent Clinton-surrogacy is only going to add to her many other woes.

(And the press had better wise up and take these nasty shell groups on or they, too, will become irrelevant to the national discourse - even more than they are now.)

Posted by: miraclestudies | February 20, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

This will boomerang on Hillary the same way her other negative ads came back to hurt her.

If you're perceived as not being likeable, you don't have to prove them right by turning nasty. As they say in Texas, the first thing to do when you find yourself in a hole is to stop digging!

Posted by: DrSubtle | February 20, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

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