Ad of the day: Music video attacks Meg Whitman
This toe-tapper from California Working Families features a series of Meg Whitman glamour shots, branding California Republican gubernatorial candidate as a high-flying big spender. But the video, without the on-screen text and musical score, could easily pass as a pro-Whitman ad.
The ad is set to Travie Mccoy's "Billionaire," in which he sings, "I want to be a billionaire so frickin' bad." It then goes on, using on-screen text, to claim Whitman has spent $150 million on her campaign, hiked spending at eBay -- where she served as CEO -- by 2000 percent and raised customer fees six times in six years.
The group is a combination of different labor organizations, predominantly labor, and counts the Democratic Governors association among its membership.
Update (3:10 p.m.): The non-partisan FactCheck.org analyzed a similar ad from California Working Families, calling the claim that Whitman increased spending by 2000 percent 'misleading.' Much of that spending went to employee compensation, consultants and insurance. But did the increase produce any results? The answer: yes. The company's net revenues went up by 3,314 percent. As FactCheck's Eugene Kiely and Jess Henig report, "California should be so lucky to see its employment and revenues increase by anything close to that amount."
September 3, 2010; 2:05 PM ET
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