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Ad of the day: Anti-Reid ad tells Hispanics 'don't vote'

Updated (3:17 p.m.): A spokesperson for Univision says it will not be airing any of the ads, and that Robert de Posada is not affiliated with the channel:

"Univision will not be running any spots from Latinos for Reform related to voting. It is also important to clarify that while Mr. Robert de Posada has on occasion provided political commentary on Univision, representing one of various points of views, he is not in any way affiliated with Univision. Univision prides itself on promoting civic engagement and our extensive national campaigns encourage Hispanics to vote."

A new ad from the conservative group Latinos for Reform is passing along a clear yet controversial message to Hispanic voters: Don't vote.

In Spanish:

In English:

The ad claims that President Obama and Democrats in Congress have not delivered on their promise of immigration reform. In the English version of the ad, the narrator says, "Last time, President Obama and the Democratic leadership made a commitment that immigration reform would be passed within a year. But two years have gone by and nothing. Not even a vote in Congress. With a democratic president and super majorities in both chambers of Congress, they have no excuses. Clearly, the Democratic leadership betrayed us. And now, when they need our votes, they're at it again with more empty promises." The ad goes on to claim that Democrats were "all talk and no action," and that "Democratic leaders must pay for their broken promises and betrayals." The narrator ends saying, "Don't vote this November. This is the only way to send them a clear message. You can no longer take us for granted. Don't vote."

The ad, which Politico reports, is going over the airwaves only in Spanish, has angered members of the Hispanic community. "That message has to be denounced, its got to be thrown out," Fernando Romero, president of Hispanics in Politics, told a Las Vegas television station. The head of Latinos for Reform, conservative political consultant and Univision pundit Robert de Posada, told Politico, "We're saying what a lot of people are feeling. It's the only way for Hispanics to stand up and demand some attention."

What do you think? Is the ad over the top, or is the message on point? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

(h/t Ben Smith, KTVN)

Now, in other ad-related news:

- Our colleagues over at The Fix have the story on the Democratic Super PAC Commonsense Ten which has launched a more than seven-figure ad buy in two states with critical races: West Virginia and Washington State.

- President Obama is going to bat for Sen. Barbara Boxer in California - a rare move in California. In the radio ad, Obama says he and Boxer stood "shoulder to shoulder through the tough fights" and that voters need Boxer and "I need her." Boxer is fighting for re-election against Republican Carly Fiorina. (h/t Hotline On Call)

- The ad battle is on in the Illinois Senate race, with a robo-call from President Obama on behalf of Alexi Giannoulias and a TV ad from the NRSC hitting him on taxes. The television ad replays a recording to Giannoulias saying, "We need an income tax increase," and claims he didn't pay an income tax and "devastated" families' college savings "while managing the Bright-Star program." It's true that Giannoulias was not subject to income taxes in 2009, and as state treasurer, he managed the state's college savings plan. The Bright Star fund suffered significant losses under Giannoulias during the 2008 economic meltdown, and some fault Giannoulias for failing to prevent those losses. However, The Chicago Tribune reports, Giannoulias was not alone when it came to being sucked down by the economic rip-tide.

By Emi Kolawole  | October 19, 2010; 12:43 PM ET
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Comments

Mr. De Posada left the most important part out of his ad and that word is Republican. His ad should have said “Don’t vote Republican” and explained that Republicans in congress just said NO to the Dream and No to comprehensive immigration reform. They will continue to say no to anything that will benefit immigrants and the average American.

How can Mr. Posada in good conscience lie outright about the Republicans behavior in Congress?

Posted by: Abuela1 | October 20, 2010 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Robert de Posada, head of Latinos for Reform, states there is "no excuse" for the current Administration not passing immigration reform. Apparently Mr. de Posada is unaware of our country's dire situation. Citizens are losing their jobs and their homes!! The President has been extrememly busy saving our country from economic ruin. Please pardon him for not giving any certain group adequate "attention". The President has his priorities in order. Obama is more concerned about our Country as a whole. Voters, please Educate Yourselves !! When you do, the ignorance of conservative Republicans is crystal clear.

Posted by: kschaller | October 20, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

For all Americans if you do not vote extremist will rule and make laws that will strip away our freedoms as well as take away our benefits. Enough already that more wealth have been concentrated to the wealthy - what about ordinary working class people.
Right wing extremists is what is holding up immigration reform and they will do anything to go against the constitution in the form of harassment and passing laws that hurt the Latino community (ex: Arizona). Latino's you should get fired up, organize and get out and vote. You have to make your voice be heard at the poles!

Posted by: KBrustmeyer2003 | October 20, 2010 9:17 AM | Report abuse

Nothing is too low for the GOP.

Posted by: rlj1 | October 20, 2010 7:45 AM | Report abuse

You've got to be kidding me! Calling on citizens to forsake their civic duty? This has to be low even in GOP standards. I can even understand it if they just ask people to go vote but write in their own candidates. I guess they favor an oligarchy. And they have been complaining about the evils of socialism.

Posted by: KT11 | October 19, 2010 10:48 PM | Report abuse

infinity555 is off his meds again. You appear to be to the right of Beck, which was thought to be impossible.

Just because you can find your delusions and lies repeated by other tea party loonies on the web doesn't make them true.

Oh, and the Heritage Foundation is also extreme right-wing, so they aren't in any way as impartial as you try to pretend they are. Same with FOX-PAC, uh, "News"(TM).

Posted by: lmb02 | October 19, 2010 10:34 PM | Report abuse

celested91 said: "You have to wonder who exactly paid for this."

I don't wonder at all. I think it is crystal clear who's behind this disgraceful campaign.

Posted by: tomguy1 | October 19, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse

The return of Majority Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) Senator Boxer (D-CA) to Washington means expedited--MASS AMNESTY--for the 12 to 20 million illegal aliens in the first session of Congress. Democrats have voted to join --YOUR--Social Security and pension with illegal alien workers. According to the non-profit think-tank The Heritage Foundation, the cost will be $2.6 TRILLION DOLLARS to taxpayers. We are already taxed for illegal alien children education, for their health care and a overrun prison population. How much more does the Democrats want from us in taxes; immigration airline junkets from all across the globe, so they don't have criminally steal into America anymore? GOOGLE--more facts and answers on the Internet, then you decide your future. Taxpayers in Nevada and California have been whiplashed by higher taxes on a State level, to subsidize illegal immigrant. Acknowledge that Nevada and California have huge unemployment and billions of dollars in damaging state deficits. Remember we already have a $13 TRILLION DOLLAR US GOVERNMENT DEFICIT. Help fight corruption in Congress by joining THE TEA PARTY.

Gubernatorial Jerry Brown has identified himself as a Pro-Amnesty elected official, unlike Meg Whitman who is against any Path to Citizenship, Amnesty and cutting off welfare and cash payments to illegal aliens. Be observant and watch for violations of our voting laws by illegal aliens. A massive voter fraud in Houston, TX, proves the deceiving momentum of registrations by the Liberal fringe and extremists. American citizens must work together to require proof of citizenship to register to vote and require a photo identification card when casting a ballot. Citizens must demand such a plan to defend the integrity of General elections and secure the civil rights of voters. It's for sure that Election officials will be watching vigilantly and inspecting carefully absentee ballots for violations of the law, specifically in border states with millions of illegal aliens.

Posted by: infinity555 | October 19, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

How do you say "backfire" in Spanish?

Posted by: Garak | October 19, 2010 9:18 PM | Report abuse

A campaign telling Americans NOT to vote? I think Reid's opponent, Sharon Angle smelss defeat...her own. This is about the lowest, most desperate move I've seen.

Are O'Donnell, Angle, Paladino and McMahon all in a competition for "America's Biggest Crackpot?"

Posted by: free-donny | October 19, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Could these insane, corporate-fronts and their racist stooges be more obvious? This is like the phony Coalition to Protect Seniors all over again. Angle, Whitman, Miller, Paul, and all the other dangerous psychos need to be defeated.

Posted by: revbookburn | October 19, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

With the American people of different race, color, religions, and in every political party are speaking out together demanding immigration be enforced, the Liberals here are just showing how desperate they really are with this latest PR stunt.

Posted by: patpacer | October 19, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

With the American people of different race, color, and in every political party speaking out together demanding immigration be enforced, the Liberals here are just showing how desperate they are with this latest PR stunt.

Posted by: patpacer | October 19, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

These operatives also know how to fraudulently change votes.

Posted by: snowyphile | October 19, 2010 8:07 PM | Report abuse

I'm guessing that some extremist Democrats are behind these ads, hoping for a negative reaction.

Posted by: postfan1 | October 19, 2010 8:03 PM | Report abuse

I hope the Hispanic's know the Politico is a conversative site and they are setting you up. But the Hispanic's has to make up their own mind. I'm a member of Mylatinovoice.com i keep them informed as to what going on. Rubio in Florida will vote to Repeal the 14th Amendment, at first Rubio was against Repealing, but i notice that he has changed his mind. I guess John Boehner got to him. The Hispanic's may be upset because President Obama hasn't been able to do more for Immigration, but you we are in an economy crisis and everybody is screaming about this or that. But i will tell you this President Obama save this Country from Depression, next post from gallagher591 will tell you.

Posted by: gallagher591 | October 19, 2010 7:56 PM | Report abuse

If Angle know anything about Canada, she could be called a liar, but since she doesn't, she is just an idiot.
To insult our closest ally with false statements shows the low intelligence level of this candidate. I guess we will see how many people in Nevada are morons by th enmber of votes she receives.

Posted by: pjohn2 | October 19, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

It is understandable. If you want to start a fight, your friends make the easiest targets.

Posted by: GaryEMasters | October 19, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

The ad is evil. Hispanic voters, get out and vote. Know that foes to immigration reform paid for this slick ad and WANT you to stay away from the polls. Show up and vote! The Republicans are NOT friends of immigration reform. Don't be tricked.

Posted by: suzyseibert | October 19, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Why not. Republicans don't believe in the Constitution and would like to take away the rights of anyone "not like them".

Posted by: pjohn2 | October 19, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

It's one of the most beautiful cons of the Republican Party; trick someone into voting against their own self-interest.

You're only going to get poorer if you elect a Republican...

...unless you are already rich.

Posted by: vigor | October 19, 2010 7:17 PM | Report abuse

I don't think un-engagement is ever the answer...I learned in law school that to do nothing is actually doing something, whether that "something" is the actor's intention is the unanswered question. As an African-American, I very often feel that my vote is taken for granted by the Democratic party...Fortunately, I live in an area where at least I believe that my direct representatives made an attempt to advocate on issues that are not only important to me, but important for the best interests of the country. While I empathize with the feelings of some in the Latino community, I would certainly say that allowing someone like Angle (sp?) (and others like her) in office will most certainly ensure that issues that are important to you will be ignored. Moreover, the other thing that WE all need to remember is that civic involvement doesn't end on election day. All of us have a responsibility to remain engaged in advocacy for the things that will benefit the country.

Posted by: mykaladrian | October 19, 2010 6:56 PM | Report abuse

I don't think un-engagement is ever the answer...I learned in law school that to do nothing is actually doing something, whether that "something" is the actor's intention is the unanswered question. As an African-American, I very often feel that my vote is taken for granted by the Democratic party...Fortunately, I live in an area where at least I believe that my direct representatives made an attempt to advocate on issues that are not only important to me, but important for the best interests of the country. While I empathize with the feelings of some in the Latino community, I would certainly say that allowing someone like Angle (sp?) (and others like her) in office will most certainly ensure that issues that are important to you will be ignored. Moreover, the other thing that WE all need to remember is that civic involvement doesn't end on election day. All of us have a responsibility to remain engaged in advocacy for the things that will benefit the country.

Posted by: mykaladrian | October 19, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse

This is a stunning and clever ad campaign. Conservatives hope to use Hispanic anger and hope Hispanics will be willing to shoot themselves in the foot by not voting. Of course not voting will put Hispanics in a far worse situation politically. But elections think in the short term and if they can use Hispanic impatience to help elect themselves, why not? There are no electoral promises to keep; conservatives only have to keep their mouths shut as to not reveal what they really think. Ingenious

Posted by: Waterloo1 | October 19, 2010 6:32 PM | Report abuse

If politicians not delivering on promises stopped people from voting, voters of every age, gender, race, and ethnic group would have stopped voting decades ago.

A case in point: the Republicans failed so miserably to deliver on their 1994 Contract with America during the Bush years that they simply dusted it off, rebranded it the Pledge to America, and are making the same promises again this year.

Posted by: exco | October 19, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: A-Voter | October 19, 2010 6:21 PM | Report abuse

The patroning posters with their spanish language post. I do not think that any Hispanics who read the Wash Post don't know english. English, the language of America.

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Posted by: A-Voter | October 19, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

With mental midgets like Sarah the Half Term Quitter heading up todays extremist Republican party, it's no wonder that the activist right wingers on the Supreme Court played politics from the bench and passed the hideous Citizens United decision.

Without those billions in anonymous anti Dem ads/cash coming from all of those foreign and domestic mega corporations and big oil companies - todays extremist Republican party would become extinct.


Palin Endorses Raese In Pennsylvania -- But He's From West Virginia

Pennsylvania voters can't afford cap and trade legislation, says Sarah Palin. And that's why they need to send Republican John Raese to the Senate. Except that John Raese is the Republican nominee in West Virginia.

Welcome to the latest Sarah Palin Twitter #Fail

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/10/fail-palin-endorses-raese-in-pennsylvania-hes-from-west-virginia.php
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Posted by: DrainYou | October 19, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse

I support this message. Only rational choice in Nevada is not to participate.

Posted by: nonvoter | October 19, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

I`ve already sent in my absentee ballot, I bet all my duckies on the Dems.
So have most of my friends.
Don`t buy into the hype, Vote and do what is right for us all (even Tea partiers afflicted with ethical deficiencies) We are all somebody`s child ?

Posted by: wave06 | October 19, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans blocked immigration reform.

They are hoping you won't vote. THE NERVE OF THEM!!

You have to wonder who exactly paid for this.

Don't let the Republicans talk you into disenfranchising yourselves.

Vote for your choice. Hopefully Democratic as they are the only ones willing to do anything.

Posted by: celested91 | October 19, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Si no se puede decir lo que quieres en Inglés, usted es un cobarde

Posted by: tgaylord1999 | October 19, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Si los hispanos van a estampar sus pies mal olor exigiendo derechos no ganaban, como no ciudadanos, mientras que apoyamos su progenie, puede besar a mi tope.

Posted by: tjmlrc | October 19, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

the unspeakable in pursuit of the inedible,,,

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld1 | October 19, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

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