Group Drops $15M on Pro-Surge Campaign

TV, Internet, radio ads backed by GOP heavies
By Heather McPherson,  Newser User
Posted Aug 22, 2007 5:55 PM CDT
Group Drops $15M on Pro-Surge Campaign
President Bush waves as a Marine honor guard salutes, Tuesday, July 24, 2007, as Bush returned to the White House in Washington, after a visit to Charleston Air Force Base, Charleston, S.C. to view loading of cargo planes for Iraq. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – Launched today by ex-White House PR man Ari Fleischer and a laundry list of pro-Bush bigwigs, a new group called Freedom's Watch has spent $15 million on ads to support the president's troop surge in Iraq, Politico reports. The group aims to fill a conservative "vacuum" ahead of September's report on the surge, doing for the GOP what MoveOn has done for the Dems.

"For those who believe in peace through strength, the cavalry is coming," Fleisher said as the five-week blitz began. Anti-war groups say many ads will air in the home states of Republicans who have backed off supporting Washington on the war, a charge denounced as "propaganda" by a member of Freedom's Watch. He called the group “a never-ending campaign... that won’t rise and fall with election cycles.” (Read more Iraq pullout stories.)

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