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AFSCME Takes to Airwaves for Clinton

Read the full analysis in The Fix

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees will unveil a flight of ads in Iowa today designed to promote the candidacy of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, the leading edge of a seven-figure expenditure on behalf of the New York Senator by the influential labor union.

Clinton received the endorsement of AFSCME at the end of October, and the union's activities on her behalf seem to mirror (at least financially) what it did on behalf of former Gov. Howard Dean (Vt.) during the 2004 presidential fight.

The ad began running today in Iowa and was produced by Ann Liston, a media consultant based out of Chicago. It was funded by AFSCME's political action committee.

AFSCME's ad is the latest of a growing number of independent expenditures aimed at early states. (Read more about those independent groups in The Fix.)

-- Chris Cillizza

By Ed O'Keefe |  December 6, 2007; 7:17 AM ET Ad Watch , Hillary Rodham Clinton
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