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March 5, 1988 | JAMES RISEN, Times Staff Writer
The political advertising war between the Democratic presidential campaigns of Missouri Rep. Richard A. Gephardt and Massachusetts Gov. Michael S. Dukakis reached a new low Friday, when the Gephardt campaign unleashed a bitterly hostile ad attacking Dukakis for unfairly undermining rivals Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Paul Simon earlier in the campaign.
July 14, 1992 | BRUCE HOROVITZ
Paul Tsongas still winces when he talks about political advertising. Early in the presidential primaries, when there were serious concerns about his health, his staff suggested a TV spot with him swimming in his trademark Speedos. A production crew led Tsongas to a pool. But when Tsongas started swimming the breast stroke, the director told him the only way to persuade voters that he was truly healthy was to do the butterfly. So he did.
December 24, 2003 | Susannah Rosenblatt, Times Staff Writer
Democratic presidential longshot Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich will debut his first televised advertisements early next year, the campaign announced Tuesday. Sen. John F. Kerry, also competing for the Democratic presidential nomination, premieres a new ad today promoting his energy platform. Kucinich's television spots, created by prominent adman George Lois (responsible for the "I Want My MTV" campaign), will feature voice-overs by actor Danny Glover.
February 3, 2004 | Nick Anderson, Times Staff Writer
John F. Kerry is the only Democratic presidential contender to advertise recently in all seven states with primaries or caucuses today, but rival Wesley K. Clark spent far more on television commercials than any of the candidates, according to data compiled for The Times. Clark, a retired Army general, spent more than $2.7 million on broadcast television ads from Jan. 25 through Saturday, according to TNSMI/Campaign Media Analysis Group, which monitors political advertising.
June 18, 2012 | By Morgan Little
With anticipation building for the Supreme Court decision on President Obama's healthcare reform law, a survey has found that advertising purchases opposed to the law more than tripled those in support of it, $250 million to $76 million. The survey, conducted by Kantar Media's Campaign Media Analysis Group, shows just how dominant the anti-“Obamacare” movement's advertising purchases have been since the president's election in 2008. This year alone, opposition groups spent $14.2 million in their top 10 anti-reform markets, with a focus on heartland cities such as Cleveland, Columbus, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Grand Rapids and Detroit.
September 28, 2011 | By Tom Hamburger
Bill Miller, the man who helped build the U.S. Chamber of Commerce into one of the country's most influential political machines, will leave his post as political director to become a partner in the Washington office of the London-based public relations firm the Brunswick Group. His departure means that the Chamber will be without one of its most skilled political hands on the eve of the 2012 election. Although his move has not been officially announced, Chamber officials said Wednesday afternoon they will continue the aggressive political activism that Miller helped to develop.
January 24, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -  A campaign committee has admitted responsibility for receiving $11 million in “dark money” contributions during the 2012 election but has paid only $300,000 of the funds to the state, all that it says is available. The state Fair Political Practices Commission announced Friday it has reached agreements with two campaign committees -- the California Future Fund and the Small Business Action Committee - in which they agree to disgorge $4 million and $11 million, respectively, if they ever get the money.
In Florida, Miami Herald state editor John Pancake is having political reporters skip some of the speeches at county fairs this year and instead watch a little more TV. In Texas, Clayton W. Williams Jr., the Republican candidate for governor, had to redo one of his television commercials because reporters found he had exaggerated his claims with faulty statistics. And in his TV ads in California, Sen.
A Federal Communications Commission audit released Friday has found widespread evidence that television and radio broadcasters overcharge political candidates for advertising time in violation of federal law. The practice is a major factor, many political professionals believe, in driving up the price of political campaigning, making candidates more beholden to contributors and encouraging the trend toward quick-hit attack politics.
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