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SEIU Airs New Ads in Three States

The political arm of Service Employees International Union, SEIU COPE, is quickly emerging as one of this cycle's most high-profile PACs. It's airing new spots in support of Barack Obama and congressional candidates in Indiana and Louisiana, in addition to an Ohio ad critical of John McCain's health care proposals.

The group's new pro-Obama ad is built around his opposition to the Iraq war:

"Only one candidate opposed this war from the start. Barack Obama. He'll bring our brave men and women home, and invest here in health care, education, and infrastructure. Barack Obama will put America first again."

SEIU is also airing an ad in support of Indiana's newest congressman, Rep. Andre Carson (D), who faces a four-way primary next Tuesday.

"Congressman Andre Carson is working for affordable quality health care for all. He'll cover more of our kids with the Children's Health Insurance Program. And Congressman Carson is working to improve the Medicare Prescription Drug Program, so it will benefit our seniors, not the big drug companies. When it comes to our family's health care, the choice is clear: Andre Carson for Congress."

The Louisiana ad is airing ahead of Saturday's special election in the state's 6th Congressional District, where Don Cazayoux (D) faces former state Rep. Woody Jenkins (R) in a closely watched contest. The ad is in support of Cazayoux.

"Since 1990, Woody Jenkins has had 19 tax claims totaling more than $400,000 filed against him and his company, Great Oaks Broadcasting. ... It's time for a change: Don Cazayoux for Congress."

"We haven't actually decided where we'll be going next," said SEIU COPE spokeswoman Stephanie Mueller said of the group's ad strategy.

"We like to keep our options open so we can make adjustments as we go, but we had committed to playing an active role both in the presidential race, and in other targeted areas." Similar advertising efforts will occur with other unspecified congressional and gubernatorial races, Mueller added.

Roughly 300,000 of the more than 1.9 million SEIU members voluntarily donate money to SEIU COPE, according to Mueller.

-- Ed O'Keefe

By Ed O'Keefe |  May 1, 2008; 4:13 PM ET Ad Watch , Barack Obama , Congress
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Go SEIU! Well done! Good jobs! Just needed!

Posted by: p | May 1, 2008 4:52 PM

Facts are a stubborn thing. Obama cannot close his 20 year old relationship with Wright because there is so much video evidence against it. On the TV program THE VIEW, Obama declared that Reverend Wright accepted that his view were inappropriate and mischaracterized. That it had offended many people. Then weeks later Wright goes on a national Hate America Press Tour? This was a blatant lie. Or worse, Obama was fooled by Wright which is kind of scary. That a possible next president can be played by a character such as Wright. Check the video evidence yourselves. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6J7yJ9R5p0

Posted by: Leanza Cornett | May 1, 2008 6:16 PM

This ad features writer Maya Angelou talking about why she supports her candidate for President.


Best TV AD to-date this primary season.

It is worth watching regardless of your picked candidate.

Posted by: Clinton "Maya" Aid | May 1, 2008 7:48 PM

Posted by: Clinton "Maya" Ad | May 1, 2008 7:50 PM

Good job SEIU! People need to be reminded of why America's economy is in the toilet --we're in a war that's costing billions of dollars a day -- and who helped put it there (McCain and Clinton).

Posted by: NA | May 4, 2008 8:37 AM

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