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Mocking GOP Campaign Ad Doesn't Go Over Well in Illinois

Jeanne Ives' ad blasted as not reflective of 'who we are as Party of Lincoln'

(Newser) - On March 20, Illinois state Rep. Jeanne Ives will challenge Gov. Bruce Rauner in the GOP primary for his seat, but the most highly charged night in the race may not be that one. Ives is under fire for a campaign ad , one that the state's GOP chair says... More »

Kiwi Party Learns Copying Eminem Song Was Wrong Move

New Zealand's National Party to cough up $415K, plus interest, for ripping off 'Lose Yourself' in ads

(Newser) - A New Zealand judge said Eminem's lyrics "You own it, you better never let it go" turned out to be prophetic after ruling that a political party breached copyright by using a song similar to Eminem's "Lose Yourself" in its campaign ads. High Court Judge Helen... More »

Indians Scratching Heads Over Trump's Ad in Hindi

Trump uses a Narendra Modi slogan, with his name swapped in, in 30-second spot

(Newser) - Less than a fortnight remains before Election Day, and Donald Trump is attempting an 11th-hour outreach to an entirely new demographic: Indian-Americans, reports the Washington Post . And so he's released a TV ad in which he attempts to speak Hindi (with a New York accent, the Post notes),... More »

Sanders' Ad Most Important Since Reagan's 'Morning' Spot?

One blogger thinks so of the buzzy 'America' spot

(Newser) - The Bernie Sanders campaign has launched the most talked-about ad of the 2016 election season to date— "America," set to the tune of Simon and Garfunkel's song of the same name. A roundup of coverage:
  • Is it really "the most important campaign ad since President Reagan'
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Trump Ad Shows Moroccans, Not Mexicans, Crossing Border

But that's on purpose, his campaign says

(Newser) - Donald Trump's inaugural 2016 TV ad promises Trump will "stop illegal immigration by building a wall on our southern border that Mexico will pay for," as the screen shows people streaming over a border. But, though you may have assumed the footage is Mexicans crossing into... More »

Fiorina Ad Lobs Trump Insult in His Face

One take on super PAC's spin: It's 'perfect comeback' to Trump's 'look at that face'

(Newser) - Donald Trump dissed Carly Fiorina in Rolling Stone with his now-famous "Look at that face!" comment , and a Fiorina super PAC is throwing it back in his face with a new ad capitalizing on his own words. Released yesterday by the Carly for America Committee, "Faces" kicks... More »

Weiner's Latest 'Supporters:' Interns, Paid Actors

Latest ad features current and former intern; source says he's stacking own events

(Newser) - And the hits keep coming for Anthony Weiner. The latest allegations: He studded his latest TV ad with current and former interns and has hired "supporters" to pack his events. The former claims comes courtesy of the NY Daily News , which found that two of the four "everyday"... More »

Stars Come Out for Tomorrow's Election

Will Ferrell is willing to eat toenails to get you to vote

(Newser) - The stars are coming out in a big way as Election Day looms. The latest:
  • Will Ferrell really, really wants you to vote—and he'll do anything to make sure you do, he promises in a new video for President Obama. "Hungry? How about a home-cooked meal? Hope
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Romney Rips Obama Over Little Matter of 'Revenge'

The president advised voters that 'voting is the best revenge'

(Newser) - Mitt Romney has stirred up a few headlines today over a little matter of revenge. Stumping in New Hampshire, Romney criticized President Obama for urging supporters to vote because "voting is the best revenge." Romney said, "Vote for revenge? Let me tell you: Vote for love of... More »

'Base' Michael Moore Ad Riles Conservatives

Feisty seniors use some salty language

(Newser) - Michael Moore and put together a pro-Obama ad, and it’s predictably controversial. It features a message from the Greatest Generation to the GOP and Mitt Romney: “If your voter suppression throughout this beautiful country enables Romney to oust Barack Obama, we will burn this motherf***er down,... More »

Lena Dunham's 'First Time' Obama Ad Causes a Fuss

Conservatives outraged over new video

(Newser) - Lena Dunham released an ad for the Obama campaign yesterday, and it's about as titillating as you'd expect from the creator of HBO's Girls: In it, she talks quite a bit about her first time … voting, of course. "Your first time shouldn’t be with... More »

Morgan Freeman Narrates Latest Obama Ad

Plus, Bruce Springsteen campaigning for the prez

(Newser) - President Obama made a good choice for his latest ad: He got Morgan Freeman to narrate it. Freeman, a huge Obama supporter, has one of the most recognizable voices in the country, the Atlantic Wire notes—and if he says you're better off now than you were four years... More »

Sesame Street to Obama: Take Down Big Bird Ad

Daily Show offers right-wing dream of Sesame Street

(Newser) - Mitt Romney knows who America's real economic scourge is, and he's big and yellow. A cheeky new Obama campaign ad pokes fun at Mitt Romney's attack on Big Bird and PBS at the debate by labeling the children's icon an "evil genius who towered over"... More »

Romney, Obama Play Defense on 60 Minutes

New Obama ad slams Mitt on taxes

(Newser) - President Obama is unleashing the latest attack on Mitt Romney's taxes, following the candidates' dueling appearances on 60 Minutes last night, referencing his 47% comments as well as questions over his own tax rate. "Maybe instead of attacking others on taxes, he should come clean on his,"... More »

Romney Pinching Pennies on Ads

Obama backers outspend Mitt in key states

(Newser) - Mitt Romney and the Republicans have made plenty of big fundraising headlines over the summer—but with restrictions on political cash, Romney's already facing some financial hurdles . The indebted campaign is holding back on advertising spending at a time when the candidate may sorely need it. President Obama and... More »

Citizens United Anti-Obama Film Set to Bombard TV

'The Hope and the Change' airing on 12 stations

(Newser) - Coming to a dozen TV stations near you, for the next seven weeks: An hour-long film in which former Obama supporters talk about their disillusionment with the president. The Hope and the Change—directed by the same guy who made pro-Sarah Palin film The Undefeated —debuted at the Republican... More »

Pols Avoid Ground Zero as Cost Debate Rages

Obama, Romney put negative ads on hold

(Newser) - For the first time, no elected officials will speak at Ground Zero on the anniversary of the September 11 attacks, the AP reports. While many hailed the change as a separation of 9/11 from any sort of political agenda—"The fact that the politicians will not be involved, to... More »

Harold and Kumar Join Team Obama

Kal Penn, John Cho reprise roles in new ad

(Newser) - President Obama's latest supporters: Harold and Kumar. Kal Penn and John Cho reprise their stoner characters in a new Obama campaign video, in which the president makes a very important phone call asking Penn's Kumar for some help. Turns out that help involves Penn—a former member of... More »

Meet the 'Mad Men' Behind Romney's Ads

Ad whizzes toil over message

(Newser) - Mitt Romney has been raking in the big bucks, and the Washington Post takes a look at what he has done with some of that campaign cash: assembled his own "Mad Men" team. The candidate has hired a motley crew of Madison Avenue all-stars to bolster his advertising campaign,... More »

Akin's Next Move: TV-Ad Apology

Senate candidate asks 'for your forgiveness'

(Newser) - Todd Akin has been backtracking all over the place since he said that "legitimate rape" victims don't get pregnant , but now he's offered a mea culpa in the form of a new campaign ad. "Rape is an evil act. I used the wrong words in the... More »

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