Democratic Group Launches Anti-McCain Ad
By Matthew Mosk
A Democratic group launched a massive new independently-financed ad campaign attacking John McCain today, launching the first assault on the Republican nominee in the absence of a Democratic candidate.
The $1.1 million commercial, sponsored by a California-based group called Campaign to Defend America, is called "McSame," and it immediately attempts to paint McCain as the "McSame" as President Bush on a litany of issues -- namely, Iraq, the economy, the environment, and health care.
"Tell John McCain we need a new direction. Not the McSame old thing," the ad concludes.
A fresh filing with the Federal Election Commission identifies the donors that paid for the new commercial. Among them are several longtime supporters of Hillary Clinton, including the American Federation for State County and Municipal Employees, which donated $1 million to the effort. Another is lawyer William Titelman, who contributed $10,000. Reached on his cell phone last week, Titelman said only that he does not speak with reporters and hung up.
Independent groups face no limits on the amount of money they can raise from individual donors, corporations and unions, but they do face restrictions on the content of their ads. The ads are supposed to be issue-based, and are not permitted to directly advocate for the election of a candidate.
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