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Several Independent Groups Launch TV Attacks

With just 50 days until Election Day, several independent groups have bought air time to run television ads designed to boost the chances of John McCain or Barack Obama.

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

By Ed O'Keefe |  September 15, 2008; 5:21 PM ET Ad Watch , Barack Obama , John McCain
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Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 10:59 PM

The Palin brutal to animals ad should be run in all 50 states... Run it during cartoon hour so those white women (moms) who knee jerked onto the Palin train can explain to their kids why they are voting for a woman who kills wolves (and puppies too... once the parents are dead, the puppies are sought, and shot point blank thru the head)... Must be "Gods Will" to kill God's creatures... Palin makes me want to ralph.

Posted by: LisaK from TacWA | September 16, 2008 2:56 AM

palin makes change every nader follower into a voter for obama

Posted by: maz hess | September 16, 2008 11:45 AM

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