Several Independent Groups Launch TV Attacks
Both candidates have asked these groups "to stay on the sidelines, hoping to steer funds to their own campaigns and party committees," The Post reported Sunday. "Several initial attempts to organize independent groups for the 2008 presidential contest fizzled early on. But as the back and forth has grown more intense in recent weeks, both campaigns have signaled that their opposition to such efforts is softening."
• The conservative American Issues Project, partially funded by former members of Swift Boat Veterans for Truth will spend several million dollars airing ads that question some of Obama's personal and professional associates. Their first ad targeted his associations with William Ayers, a member of the radical group known as the Weathermen:
AIP is expected to run similar ads in the next seven weeks.
• Service Employees International Union will spend more than $2 million to air a new ad called "Family" in Iowa, Michigan, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. The ad stars a working-class couple concerned about how the nation's economic health may affect their bottom line:
SEIU has aired several other radio and TV ads this cycle.
• Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund, the political sibling of the wildlife conservation group Defenders of Wildlife, has released a 60-second spot critical of Gov. Sarah Palin's support of aerial hunting, a "brutal" technique, the group says:
"John McCain's record on the environment has been extremely mediocre at best, often erratic, and clearly inferior to that of either Obama or Biden," said Action Fund president Rodger Schlickeisen. "Now, his selection of Sarah Palin as his running mate provides a very clear warning that -- as difficult as it may have been to contemplate earlier -- a McCain-Palin administration would likely be just as bad as the Bush-Cheney one on many major environmental issues."
The ad started airing last week in Toledo and Dayton, Ohio and will also air in Tampa, Fla. and on cable stations in Northern Virginia. The group has spent more than $100,000 on air time so far, according to the group's senior director William Lutz.
-- Ed O'Keefe
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