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March 1, 2008 | Peter Wallsten, Times Staff Writer
As children sleep safely in their beds, a menace is set loose in the world -- and a phone rings in the White House. "Your vote will decide who answers the call," says a narrator, "whether it's someone . . . tested and ready to lead in a dangerous world." In her newest television ad, released Friday, Hillary Rodham Clinton shows who should answer the 3 a.m. call: She is pictured picking up the phone, confident and businesslike.
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February 2, 2008 | Scott Martelle, Times Staff Writer
Presidential contenders from both major parties spent a record $107 million through last Sunday to air more than 151,000 television ads -- but hardly any of the media dollars were used to buy air time in the more than 20 states holding nominating contests Tuesday.
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January 29, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Barack Obama is airing state-specific ads featuring praise from elected officials, an acknowledgment that in many parts of the country a leading Democratic presidential candidate still needs an introduction. Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano and Sens. Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Kent Conrad of North Dakota are appearing in ads for Obama in their home states. The ads are part of a $3.5-million campaign this week in advance of Feb. 5's coast-to-coast nominating contests.
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January 16, 2008 | From the Associated Press
A conservative group must abide by campaign finance laws if it wants to run ads promoting its anti-Hillary Rodham Clinton movie, a federal court ruled Tuesday. Citizens United had hoped to run the television advertisements in key election states during peak primary season. The court ruling means the group must either keep its ads off TV or attach a disclaimer and disclose its donors.
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January 8, 2008 | Joe Mathews, Times Staff Writer
As the Mike Huckabee campaign prepared to air a television advertisement attacking Mitt Romney in the last days before the Iowa caucuses, one crucial player argued strenuously against the spot. Her name was Janet Huckabee. Mike Huckabee would eventually announce at a news conference that he was overruling most of his advisors and would not air the ad. He described this as an act of conscience, but he was also bowing to the wishes of his wife of 33 years.
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January 4, 2008 | Nancy Vogel, Times Staff Writer
In television ads that began running statewide Thursday, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger urges voters to endorse gambling expansion deals he struck with four Southern California Indian tribes. The deals were approved by the Legislature last summer and were to take effect this week. But competing gambling interests and other opponents gathered enough signatures to ask voters to repeal them by rejecting Propositions 94, 95, 96 and 97 on the Feb. 5 ballot.
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January 4, 2008 | Tiffany Hsu, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles police union officials hoping to sway public opinion against a recent anti-corruption reform have launched a radio ad campaign this week warning that forcing hundreds of narcotics and anti-gang officers to disclose personal financial information will prompt them to leave those specialized units and "cripple the fight against drugs, gangs and crime."
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January 1, 2008 | Dan Morain, Times Staff Writer
It's not just Mike Huckabee's top rival in the Republican race who is responsible for attack ads that have damaged his candidacy in the closing days of the Iowa campaign. Huckabee has been the target of a $550,000 campaign waged by the conservative anti-tax Club for Growth. An Arkansas man who is responsible for a separate low-budget hit vowed Monday to take his anti-Huckabee campaign to South Carolina, which holds its GOP primary Jan. 19.
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December 29, 2007 | Michael Finnegan and Joe Mathews, Times Staff Writers
Mitt Romney set off the nastiest TV-ad exchange of the 2008 presidential race Friday with new spots in the two early-voting states that sparked quick retaliation from Republican rivals Mike Huckabee and John McCain. The outbreak came six days before balloting begins in Iowa with the Jan. 3 caucuses, followed by the New Hampshire primary five days later.
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December 23, 2007 | Maria L. La Ganga and Seema Mehta, Times Staff Writers
The Democratic presidential race heated up Saturday, with Barack Obama charging that rival John Edwards committed campaign hypocrisy by deriding political organizations called 527s at the same time he allegedly will benefit from their spending. Stumping in central Iowa three days before Christmas, Obama described the former North Carolina senator as "a good man," and said both agreed that special interests and lobbyists "have too much influence in Washington."
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