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July 31, 2008 | Bob Drogin and Peter Nicholas, Times Staff Writers
Photos flash of Paris Hilton and Britney Spears. Crowds roar and lights pop. "He's the biggest celebrity in the world," says a woman's voice. Then it becomes clear: The TV ad is not about a tabloid personality -- it's about Barack Obama. In launching a negative ad Wednesday that it says will run in 11 states, John McCain's campaign gave its clearest signal yet that its main focus right now isn't talking about the presumed Republican nominee.
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July 29, 2008 | Richard Simon, Times Staff Writer
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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June 20, 2008 | Michael Finnegan, Times Staff Writer
Countering critics' portrayal of him as an unpatriotic elitist, Barack Obama opened his general-election ad campaign Thursday with a TV spot trumpeting his "love of country" and "values straight from the Kansas heartland." The Democratic Party's likely presidential nominee is running the commercial in a dozen battleground states, but also in six that lean heavily Republican: Montana, North Dakota, Indiana, North Carolina, Georgia and Alaska.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 17, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Tony Schwartz, who helped create the infamous "daisy ad" that ran only once during the 1964 presidential race but changed political advertising forever, has died. He was 84. Schwartz died Sunday at his home in Manhattan, N.Y., said his daughter, Kayla Schwartz-Burridge. He had been suffering from heart valve stenosis.
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May 31, 2008 | Jean-Paul Renaud, Times Staff Writer
With days to go before Tuesday's election, the hot contest for the 2nd District seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is sending volleys of attack brochures to voters' mailboxes. Both main contenders in the nine-candidate field are experienced leaders. State Sen. Mark Ridley-Thomas (D-Los Angeles) served on the L.A. City Council before being elected to the Legislature, and Councilman Bernard C. Parks was previously chief of the Los Angeles Police Department.
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March 5, 2008 | Peter Wallsten, Times Staff Writer
In winning New Hampshire a few weeks ago, Hillary Rodham Clinton declared, "I found my own voice." But it was a much different voice in the closing days before Tuesday's voting that carried her to victory in Ohio and Texas -- and which now lets her make a strong case for extending the Democratic presidential race into the spring and possibly beyond. Gone was the misty-eyed Clinton who scored points showing her human side.
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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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