Conservative PAC Targets Michigan with Inflammatory Obama Ad
By Ed O'Keefe
A California-based conservative political action committee called Our Country Deserves Better has started airing an ad in Colorado, Nevada and Michigan that, among other things, seeks to associate Barack Obama with terrorist leaders and groups. The ad is one of at least eight by the group that use a series of already-debunked claims that in some cases were previously raised by other groups -- and also broadcasts remarks by Obama's former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, whom the McCain campaign has ruled off limits.
"Barack Obama seems to have different values from most Americans. His supporters put up Cuban flags with the murderer leftist Che Guevarra in Obama's campaign offices," an ad called "Wrong Values" states. "Obama's campaign received $33,000 in illegal donations from Palestinians living in the Middle East. A top official of the terrorist group Hamas endorsed Obama's campaign."
The ad then airs a clip of the Rev. Wright saying, "God damn America!"
The group's Web site states: "It's time someone stood up to Barack Obama and told the American people why this man cannot, and must not, serve as our next Commander-in-Chief."
The group has purchased ad time on either broadcast or cable stations in Colorado, Michigan and Nevada and may also expand to Ohio and Eastern Pennsylvania, according to group spokesman Joe Wierzbicki. The "Wrong Values" ad started airing Sunday night in Reno, Nevada.
"Michigan will remain the number one priority with our budget," Wierzbicki said, promising that for every new dollar the group raises in the coming weeks, "expect 50 cents of it to go to Michigan and then the remaining to be split on the other targeted states."
The Obama campaign declined comment on Our Country Deserves Better or its ads.
The group estimates it will spend $500,000 in Michigan from this week until Election Day. It will air a mix of 30- and 60-second spots. One ties Obama to the perceived failures of Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D-Mich.), another attacks the senator's tax record. The group has also produced 60-second spots for Michigan that discuss Obama's relationships with '60s radical William Ayers, the Rev. Wright and former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick; express support for Gov. Sarah Palin; and launch a general attack on Obama's record and rhetoric.
In Nevada, the group will spend $45,000 on broadcast and cable to air an ad that tries to tie Obama to Hamas, an ad critical of his tax record and a 60-second spot that uses comments made by Hillary Clinton against Obama during the primary campaign.
In Colorado this week, the group will spend $30,000 for local cable ad buys to air the terrorist and tax ads and an ad that raises questions about Obama's patriotism: "This presidential it's clear: That Barack Obama is no Ronald Reagan."
If the group goes through with its plans to spend roughly $575,000 in up to five states between now and Election Day, that would make its buys a medium-sized one among the independent political groups working to woo swing-state voters. Such a buy would be nowhere near the eight-figure efforts planned by the AFL-CIO or National Rifle Association, amounting to less than what MoveOn.org will spend this cycle yet more than the spending plans of environmental or Christian groups supporting Obama.
Posted at 4:33 PM ET on Oct 15, 2008
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