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May 26, 2009 | DAN NEIL
Last week the Republican National Committee released a Web-only spot opposing the closing of the Guantanamo detention center that sampled the infamous "Daisy ad" from Lyndon Johnson's 1964 campaign against Barry Goldwater. Either out of sense of decency, loss of nerve or ineptitude, the RNC made an utter hash of it. More on that in a moment -- first, let me refresh your collective memory: "Daisy" opens in a field on a child, dreamily counting as she picks petals off a flower.
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February 18, 2009 | Maeve Reston
In the midst of a bruising final few weeks of the Los Angeles city attorney's race, two groups are calling on candidate Carmen "Nuch" Trutanich to stop running a television commercial that they say unfairly depicts Latino men as gang members. But Trutanich's campaign consultant contended that the complaints were orchestrated by supporters of City Councilman Jack Weiss, who is also running for the job.
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November 3, 2008 | Martha Groves, Groves is a Times staff writer.
The contentious fight over a Beverly Hills ballot measure has taken a strange turn with an advertisement in a local newspaper suggesting that a staunch opponent of the Beverly Hilton's proposed expansion had switched sides. But Councilwoman Nancy Krasne said she never changed her position and called the ad "despicable." The dispute centers around a note Krasne wrote to a Hilton executive.
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October 30, 2008 | Cathleen Decker, Decker is a Times staff writer.
Barack Obama's 30-minute campaign commercial Wednesday night was not merely a tactical decision to carpet-bomb millions of Americans in pursuit of a few thousand undecided voters who can dictate the outcome of the presidential campaign. Aired on seven network and cable stations, the ad served as a national get-out-the-vote organizing tool for Obama operatives.
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October 29, 2008 | Meg James, James is a Times staff writer.
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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October 24, 2008 | Dan Morain
After raising nearly $4 million at a gala hosted Tuesday by billionaire Ron Burkle, foes of an initiative to ban same-sex marriage have significantly increased their television advertising, prompting the measure's backers to scramble for more money. Spending on Proposition 8 is fast approaching $60 million, making it by far the most costly ballot measure anywhere in the country this year. Backers of the constitutional amendment said they have been outspent this week by more than $2.6 million on television and radio, although they have raised more money than the opposition during most of the campaign.
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October 16, 2008 | Meg James, Times Staff Writer
Major League Baseball agreed Wednesday to delay the start of a World Series game by about 15 minutes to make room for a television commercial that Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama plans to run Oct. 29. That would be the date for Game 6 of the baseball championship, if a sixth game is necessary. Obama's campaign this month negotiated to buy the same half-hour of prime time -- from 8 to 8:30 p.m. EDT that night -- on CBS and NBC.
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October 15, 2008 | Dan Morain, Times Staff Writer
The Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. and his inflammatory sermon have surfaced in an ad attacking Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, but it's not clear how widely it will air. Conservative consultants Sal Russo and Joe Wierzbicki of Sacramento and former California Assemblyman Howard Kaloogian teamed up to produce the spot, which asserts, "Barack Obama seems to have different values from most Americans."
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October 4, 2008 | Dan Morain
The National Rifle Assn. is turning up the volume in its campaign against Barack Obama, airing more ads about his record on guns. Starting as early as Sunday, new spots will air in battlegrounds including Ohio, Virginia and Florida. The NRA already has spots in Colorado, New Mexico and Pennsylvania. Some use Obama's line, uttered at a San Francisco fundraiser, about "bitter" people clinging to their guns.
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October 2, 2008 | Jessica Garrison
Concerned that Pepperdine University is being dragged into the fight over gay marriage, university President Andrew Benton said all references to his institution must be removed from a new "Yes on 8" television commercial being aired around the state. The commercial features law professor Richard Peterson, who warns of the consequences of not passing Proposition 8, which would amend the state Constitution to ban same-sex marriage. "That changes a lot of things," Peterson says, as a sign identifies him as a professor at Pepperdine's law school.
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