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Affleck, Damon to judge ads

March 14, 2008|From wire and staff reports

Sen. Barack Obama's advertising team is getting some friendly competition from film pros with some Oscar clout like Ben Affleck and Matt Damon.

The liberal group MoveOn.org, reprising a 2004 ad contest against President Bush, has enlisted the actors to help select an ad supporting Obama's campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination. MoveOn plans to air the winning commercial on national television before Pennsylvania's April 22 primary, but organizers hope the real benefit could come simply from media attention, Internet buzz and the star power behind it.

Participants in the "Obama in 30 Seconds" contest will have until April 1 to submit their entries. Aside from 15 minutes of fame, the winner gets $20,000 in video equipment.

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