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Obama’s Ad Effort Swamps McCain and Nears Record
New York Times ^ | Oct 17, 2008 | JIM RUTENBERG

Posted on 10/18/2008 12:14:04 PM PDT by Jim Robinson

PHILADELPHIA — Senator Barack Obama is days away from breaking the advertising spending record set by President Bush in the general election four years ago, having unleashed an advertising campaign of a scale and complexity unrivaled in the television era.

With advertisements running repeatedly day and night, on local stations and on the major broadcast networks, on niche cable networks and even on video games and his own dedicated satellite channels, Mr. Obama is now outadvertising Senator John McCain nationwide by a ratio of at least four to one, according to CMAG, a service that monitors political advertising. That difference is even larger in several closely contested states.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2008; ads; campaignfinance; electionads; electionpresident; elections; leftwingconspiracy; mccain; mccainfeingold; obama
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Feingold to McCain: Enjoy your retirement, pal.
1 posted on 10/18/2008 12:14:05 PM PDT by Jim Robinson
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To: Jim Robinson

Just goes to show what unlimited illegal money can buy you...


2 posted on 10/18/2008 12:16:03 PM PDT by AmericaUnited
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To: Jim Robinson

So what ever became of ‘Campaign Finance Reform’ anyway?


3 posted on 10/18/2008 12:16:24 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Obammy '08 - "I think when ya spread the wealth around, It's good for everybody!")
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To: Jim Robinson

And yet Obama can’t lock it in. This should tell him something. He’s spending the money because he knows he will most likely loose the race.


4 posted on 10/18/2008 12:16:51 PM PDT by RC2
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To: RC2

with McCains money and the Rnc money mccain was supposed to be about even with hussien.....we should have plenty of money....


5 posted on 10/18/2008 12:18:47 PM PDT by cherry
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To: AmericaUnited

Two other thoughts... $500,000 of Swift Boat truth beat $50 million dollars of Soros/MoveOn money in 04 and The Marxist had a huge ad advantage in PA in the primary and got beaten like a stubburn mule. People got sick of the constant ads.


6 posted on 10/18/2008 12:20:07 PM PDT by AmericaUnited
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To: Jim Robinson

I’m curious, how much money is 0bama spending? It seems as though he’s going all out, spending a couple million a day in TV ads. The same goes for the DNC. If they keep spending like a drunken sailor, how much will they have during the final week?
Besides, all this money and the race is still tight, with McCain/Palin surging.


7 posted on 10/18/2008 12:20:49 PM PDT by ABQHispConservative (Time to bring it home McCain!)
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To: AmericaUnited; Jim Robinson

“Just goes to show what unlimited illegal money can buy you...”

“OBAMA’S FOREIGN DONORS: THE MEDIA AVERTS ITS EYES” (Aug.14)

http://www.americanthinker.com/2008/08/obamas_donor_contributions_sil.html


8 posted on 10/18/2008 12:21:09 PM PDT by 444Flyer (Marriage=1 man+1 woman! Vote "YES" on Prop 8, amend the Calif. State Constitution this November.)
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To: RC2

And yet Obama can’t lock it in. This should tell him something. He’s spending the money because he knows he will most likely loose the race.


Hate to disagree(but with respect), Obama will win in a landslide(think Reagan over Mondale 1984), he is just getting rid of the money legal or not legal...this race was over the second McCain won the GOP nod....why vote for a semi-Dem when you can vote for a full pledged Dem....?


9 posted on 10/18/2008 12:21:50 PM PDT by yield 2 the right
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To: Jim Robinson

Senator Feingold extending and revising his remarks: And thanks, John, for reaching across the aisle and making deals with us Democrats. WE appreciate your help very much. America will be so much better off when we progressives control all three branches of government.


10 posted on 10/18/2008 12:22:53 PM PDT by Jim Robinson
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To: All

If illegal campaign funds from our enemies overseas can’t buy the election for Obama, ACORN will steal it.

DON’T LET THIS HAPPEN.
FIGHT!

OBAMA AND HIS GROUP OF MARXISTS/MUSLIM’S REVOLUTION MUST BE STOPPED BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE!

McCain’s anemic attempts to fight Obama back is losing this election.

Flood McCain out with emails. DEMAND he fight back HARD- name names!

Go to the site below and pick up all the email addresses to the McCain camp and HUNDREDS of emails of MSM.:

http://www.protestthemedia.com/viewtopic.php?f=19&t=7

FLOOD THE MSM OUT WITH EMAILS! DEMAND THEY PUT THE TRUTH BEFORE THE VOTING PUBLIC!
DEMAND THEY EXPOSE OBAMA’S ASSOCIATION WITH AYERS, WRIGHT, ACORN, ODINGA, FRANK DAVIS!

SEND A FREE FAX!: https://faxzero.com/

CAN THEY IGNORE A MILLION EMAILS?


11 posted on 10/18/2008 12:27:34 PM PDT by patriot08
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To: Jim Robinson
I thought I was losing faith. Then God brings us Sarah, then things started to look down aganin then God brings us Joe. It is not over.....

1 Cor 1v27
But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;

12 posted on 10/18/2008 12:28:15 PM PDT by just me (JELLY BEANS AND WINKS AMD PLUMBERS)
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To: cherry

They want you to believe that his money will buy the election.


13 posted on 10/18/2008 12:28:19 PM PDT by RC2
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To: yield 2 the right
Addendum to post #9:

THE ONLY WAY FOR THE GOP TO DEFEAT OBAMA/BIDEN IS TO FLIP THE GOP TICKET FROM McCAIN/PALIN TO PALIN/McCAIN!!!!!

THAT WOULD BE THE GREATEST UPSET OF ALL TIME IN US ELECTION HISTORY AND WITH ONLY .000001% CHANCE OF THAT OCCURRING.

14 posted on 10/18/2008 12:29:23 PM PDT by yield 2 the right
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To: AmericaUnited

NRA money and voters in places like PA, WS, MN can overcome Big Brother Obama being on every TV set.

Where is Obama getting this money (saudis & law firms and Lib billionaires?)?

I am doing my part with the checkbook and credit card for RNC, McCain and Tancredo’s PAC.

Everybody - Volunteer & Donate.

Make sure we are all at local McCain HQ helping out with GOTV the weekend before the election.


15 posted on 10/18/2008 12:29:34 PM PDT by Frantzie
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To: yield 2 the right

For the sake of conversation........I do not hate to “Disagree” on this one. I will not give up on my country until it is lost. Then they will have to hunt me down. I will not give up on the heritage that my father left me.


16 posted on 10/18/2008 12:30:36 PM PDT by RC2
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To: Jim Robinson
even on video games

How do you play? Terrorists come after you and you talk them to death?
17 posted on 10/18/2008 12:30:42 PM PDT by Question Liberal Authority (Joe The Plumber is the only undocumented worker in America that the Democrats dislike.)
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To: Jim Robinson

I think Sen. McCain believe the “surge” strategy works for more than just Iraq...


18 posted on 10/18/2008 12:30:46 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: yield 2 the right

After reading through some of your old posts, I see that you’ve been a defeatist for quite some time now. I bet that you’re the type that always sees the glass as half-empty rather than half-full. Most other FReepers are the type that don’t quit until the final whistle of the game is blown. I’ll now see your name and immediately think “quitter”.


19 posted on 10/18/2008 12:30:59 PM PDT by 2nd amendment mama ( www.2asisters.org | Self defense is a basic human right!)
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To: ABQHispConservative

I think a lopt of corporations in the last week may start sending money to Repubs if they see Obama sinking.

Where is Obama and the DNC getting the money? (?saudis?)

Everybody - Volunteer & Donate.

Make sure we are all at local McCain HQ helping out with GOTV the weekend before the election.


20 posted on 10/18/2008 12:31:03 PM PDT by Frantzie
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To: RC2
Go to the link and see "Goofy".

New York Times endorsed BHMO so what would anyone expect from that rag.

22 posted on 10/18/2008 12:34:23 PM PDT by BARLF
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To: patriot08

What we really need is 1 million Repubs writing checks or credit cards for $100 this weekend and it may happen.

Everybody - Volunteer & Donate.

Make sure we are all at local McCain HQ helping out with GOTV the weekend before the election.


23 posted on 10/18/2008 12:35:35 PM PDT by Frantzie
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To: just me

BTTT


24 posted on 10/18/2008 12:35:37 PM PDT by BARLF
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To: yield 2 the right

“why vote for a semi-Dem when you can vote for a full pledged Dem....?”

Don’t you mean “why vote for a semi-Dem when you can vote for an America hating,Terrorist loving racist who wants to spread your wealth around...?”

No Thanks! I will vote McCain/Palin.


25 posted on 10/18/2008 12:39:38 PM PDT by seekthetruth
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To: Frantzie

Soros, Buffet, probably saudies. We’re talking a couple of hundred million here. They must be funneling it through small donors. The pictures of the St. Louis rally are reminiscent of the Haj pilgrimige. Looks like he deliberately staged the setting there for effect to get the subliminal word out to the muslim world.


26 posted on 10/18/2008 12:40:31 PM PDT by jersey117
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To: yield 2 the right
Obama will win in a landslide...why vote for a semi-Dem when you can vote for a full pledged Dem....

So you're going to be a purist, I take it, and either vote vote for the pure Dem, Obama, or not vote at all because the guy you wanted didn't get nominated. Either way you through your weight toward the absolute worst persidential candidate in history. Simply pathetic.

27 posted on 10/18/2008 12:41:20 PM PDT by tbpiper
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To: cherry
with McCains money and the Rnc money mccain was supposed to be about even with hussien.....we should have plenty of money....

Right. What's going on?

28 posted on 10/18/2008 12:42:08 PM PDT by cmj328
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To: AmericaUnited

“People got sick of the constant ads.”

Yep, for every action there is a reaction.


29 posted on 10/18/2008 12:42:36 PM PDT by Canedawg (Over? OVER? Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?!)
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To: just me

Amen!


30 posted on 10/18/2008 12:46:16 PM PDT by alicewonders (Sarah Palin is the face of America's future.)
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To: just me

Well said.


31 posted on 10/18/2008 12:49:16 PM PDT by lonestar67 (Its time to withdraw from the War on Bush-- your side is hopelessly lost in a quagmire.)
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To: Jim Robinson
The biggest irony is that the Republicans have the reputation as the "big money" party, whereas the Democrats are supposed to be the party of "the people." 0bama showed his true colors when he changed his tune on sticking to public campaign funding.

When that was originally his stance, he assumed that the Republicans would have lots more donated money than he. As soon as it became clear he was raking in way more dinero, he declared public financing to be "broken" and declined to use it.

0bama has proven, time after time, that he will change his views in an instant if it appears it will be of greater benefit to HIM. He is an uber-politician.

I am praying that people will see through this over-saturation in every media format, of having 0bama shoved down their throats. I liken it to Rachael Ray. I used to love her when she was an average Jane with enthusiasm for life and forcooking.

Now she has a talk show, a magazine, a travel show, cookware, cutlery, a food line, and God only knows what else. I can no longer stomach the woman. Enough is enough. If people aren't sick of the over-marketing of Big Brutha' Barack 0bama by now, they should be.

32 posted on 10/18/2008 12:49:49 PM PDT by informavoracious (Oust all incumbents.)
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To: Jim Robinson

I think today, McCain should ask the networks for a half hour of air time to respond to Senator Government’s lies. When they refuse, McCain can start an add campaign, say in stump speeches that the left is denying him free speech and all that stuff. So by the time obama makes his address, it won’t matter what he says. The idea will already be out their that’s it’s McCain the underdog against the left wing establishment.


33 posted on 10/18/2008 12:49:57 PM PDT by mainerforglobalwarming
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To: tbpiper
This is not from a purist. He is hoping some of us are. Outvoting the drones will win the election. This fetish some have with the polls is a waste of time. O over polled in the primaries , he still does. Mac has a ton of money to spend. O has out spent him 2 or 3 to 1 . Has he closed the deal ? No. Surge works .
34 posted on 10/18/2008 12:50:36 PM PDT by fantom
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To: Jim Robinson

I can’t speak for anyone else, but I know when I see a candidate’s political advertisements CONSTANTLY - like I’m seeing and hearing Obama’s right now - I get a knee-jerk reaction of irritation! It’s like I used to like Rachel Ray & then I kept seeing her everywhere, now I can’t stand to watch her. Even candidates that I like - make me mad at them when they pester me too much with ads. I don’t think this is going to get him that many more votes.


35 posted on 10/18/2008 12:50:49 PM PDT by alicewonders (Sarah Palin is the face of America's future.)
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To: informavoracious

Wow! I was typing the exact same thought about Rachel Ray as you were posting! Great minds think alike!


36 posted on 10/18/2008 12:52:31 PM PDT by alicewonders (Sarah Palin is the face of America's future.)
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To: NormsRevenge
So what ever became of ‘Campaign Finance Reform’ anyway?

Yeah, how's that working out for you, John?

37 posted on 10/18/2008 12:53:25 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (It's Joe the Plumber vs Barack the Socialist.)
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To: fantom
This is not from a purist.

Exactly. Anybody who comes on this forum now whining this this guy did is immediataely suspect in my book.

38 posted on 10/18/2008 12:54:37 PM PDT by tbpiper
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To: yield 2 the right
If 0bie's gonna win in a landslide, how do you explain the polls?

Vote stealing is the only way.

39 posted on 10/18/2008 12:58:17 PM PDT by informavoracious (Oust all incumbents.)
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To: Jim Robinson

Remind me again which party is the party of the rich?


40 posted on 10/18/2008 1:05:17 PM PDT by Antoninus (If you're bashing McCain/Palin at this point, you're helping Obama.)
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To: Frantzie

Yes. That would be great..but we still need to swamp them with emails- DEMAND THE TRUTH BE PUT BEFORE THE AMERICAN VOTER!


41 posted on 10/18/2008 1:07:39 PM PDT by patriot08
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To: Jim Robinson

Yeah but Obama can’t put McCain away. Which means there is much resistance to Barack and his message.


42 posted on 10/18/2008 1:10:23 PM PDT by jwalsh07 (MSM Lied, Journalism Died. RIP 2008)
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To: Jim Robinson

The little Marxist nobama can’t even fill the seats at his tiny beer hall rallies. Meanwhile, Mr. McCain and Palin are drawing tens of thousands.


43 posted on 10/18/2008 1:14:35 PM PDT by sergeantdave (We are entering the Age of the Idiot)
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To: informavoracious
If 0bie's gonna win in a landslide, how do you explain the polls?

Here's something else to consider. To really, truly get things done Obama NEEDS a supermajority in the Senate. Probably more because there still are Conservative Democrats who might not be willing to toe the party line.

Without that, he's looking at 1993-1994 all over again. The country simply won't tolerate a radical move to the Left. So it has to be forced down the country's throat. A Senate supermajority is the enabling force for that to happen.

So, why IS Obama still dumping all sorts of money into Obama ads? Why is he organizing massive rallies like the one in St. Louis? Wouldn't it be better for him to scale back, and throw a chunk of his remaining campaign money at the DSCC and DNC so they can use it in downticket races?

I mean, this is what we expect to happen if the RNC decides McCain is going to lose (because it's exactly what happened when they decided back in 1996 that Dole was going to lose). The RNC would pull funds and send them along to House and Senate candidates who could be saved.


44 posted on 10/18/2008 1:15:31 PM PDT by tanknetter
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To: Jim Robinson

You need a lot of money to run for President.

But you cannot buy it with advertising.

Your reach a saturation point. No more returns on your money.


45 posted on 10/18/2008 1:18:41 PM PDT by Names Ash Housewares (Refusing to kneel before the polling gods and whimper.)
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To: tanknetter

0bama continues to pour money into 0bama ads because his EGO will allow nothing else. His campaign is not about the party, it’s about the MAN.


46 posted on 10/18/2008 1:20:54 PM PDT by informavoracious (Oust all incumbents.)
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To: Jim Robinson

May not be as bad as it looks. There is a point of diminishing returns where constant exposure may actually turn voters off. Remember Obummer’s huge advertising advantage in OH and PA during the primaries.

BTW, what happened to the $200 million GOP shock and awe ad campaign? Was this an urban legend?


47 posted on 10/18/2008 1:26:05 PM PDT by bailmeout ("During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act" - G Orwell)
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To: yield 2 the right

Seriously. With Eeyores like you who needs Axelrod’s astroturfers. Enjoy your armchair.


48 posted on 10/18/2008 1:27:29 PM PDT by loungeSerf (Freedom Sucks! Obama 08)
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To: Jim Robinson

McCain will still have his day job even if he loses—his seat is up again in 2010 (and he won with more than 75% of the vote last time around).


49 posted on 10/18/2008 1:31:46 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: Jim Robinson
Feingold to McCain: Enjoy your retirement, pal.

It is interesting... the two things hurting McCain the most:

1. McCain-Feingold

2. The mainstream media which is now in the tank for Obama, and which previously had been in love with McCain. McCain still seems shell shocked from the ferocity with which the MSM turned on him. It was all utterly predictable to us...

50 posted on 10/18/2008 1:34:37 PM PDT by Chet 99 (Vote McCain/Palin, or this will be our future: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTb5EFZmgbs)
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