June 18, 2010
At the last minute, House sponsors of a bill designed to shed light on who is funding political advertisements have eliminated a serious objection to the legislation: that it provided special treatment for the National Rifle Assn. Now the House should pass the bill. Known as the DISCLOSE Act, the legislation is a response to a wrongheaded Supreme Court decision that came down in January allowing corporations to use their treasury funds to sponsor election-related ads. The bill would require corporations, unions, advocacy groups and some nonprofits to disclose the names of their top donors.
November 27, 2002 |
A federal judge Tuesday dealt a setback to the government's effort to enforce the nation's new campaign finance law, ruling that the law's restrictions on political advertising did not apply to a Hawaii antiabortion group. Without ruling on the broader constitutionality of the law, U.S. District Judge Henry Kennedy granted a temporary injunction clearing the way for Hawaii Right to Life to air ads in special congressional elections scheduled for Saturday and Jan. 4.
October 5, 1988 |
Entertainment-starved Israeli television viewers flocked to their sets Tuesday night for a quadrennial treat: the opening of the national election campaign season on the airwaves. Instead of the usual talk shows and dated American mini-series, they watched 45 minutes of a unique televised ritual that is sometimes dramatic, sometimes funny--and occasionally informative.
December 29, 2003 |
At least since Joe McGinnis' classic book "The Selling of the President," about the 1968 presidential campaign, it has been a staple of conventional wisdom that political campaigns and consultants borrow the best techniques of Madison Avenue. But with the rise of paid advertising on the Internet, there has been for some time now a conspicuous gap between the political world and the corporate world. Even though online advertising has become a settled part of the media strategy of mainstream companies and advertising agencies, it has remained a relatively isolated phenomenon in politics.
March 9, 2004 |
The first Republican-linked television ad attacking presumptive Democratic presidential nominee John F. Kerry depicts him as an old-fashioned liberal who, despite his avowed populism, favors expensive haircuts and designer shirts and owns a 42-foot yacht and several lavish residences. The advertisement is airing this week in about a dozen states, according to the head of Citizens United, the conservative group paying for it.
May 25, 1995 |
Seven years ago, Ben Goddard was down and out in Malibu. His Democratic political consulting firm was nearly bankrupt and his candidates unlucky. The high point of 1988 came when he created a gushy five-minute video for losing presidential candidate Rev. Jesse Jackson. Goddard's fortunes were reversed when he made the change from hyping Democratic candidates to promoting issues with big corporate bucks behind them.
October 29, 2008 |
Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama's half-hour campaign commercial is scheduled to run tonight on all of the major television networks -- except ABC. The senator from Illinois this month arranged to buy tonight's 8 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. slot on CBS, NBC and Spanish-language network Univision. Fox Broadcasting joined the field after Major League Baseball agreed to delay the start time of tonight's World Series game. Walt Disney Co.-owned ABC, however, initially balked at selling its 8 p.m.
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September 30, 2008 |
Backers of an initiative to ban same-sex marriage began airing their first commercial Monday, warning that a loss could lead to gay marriage being "taught in public schools" and that churches could lose their tax-exempt status. Proposition 8's promoters said their initial ad buy was $10 million. They hope to raise $3.6 million more by the Nov. 4 election. Foes are spending roughly similar sums.
July 29, 2008 |
As voters steam over gas prices, Republican congressional candidates are bracing for a gusher of ads from now until election day attacking their ties to oil companies. "What kind of mark has Bob Schaffer made as a politician?" says an ad attacking Colorado's Republican Senate candidate and former congressman.
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April 12, 2010 |
There's ample baggage to hang around Jerry Brown's neck from his stint as governor way back when. But it does not include his being a tax-and-spender. Brown never raised general taxes. In fact, he reduced the income tax. If anything, Brown didn't spend enough. Ask anyone who was paying attention during that 1975-1983 period and you'll probably hear a complaint that the young governor allowed the state's infrastructure to begin decaying. He especially didn't invest enough in highways and universities.