Several New Ads Hitting Airwaves in Battleground States

The group cites a poll suggesting that Obama is in a 45-43 percent "statistical dead heat" with John McCain to win the support of born-again Christians. Matthew 25 Network has aired radio and television spots in support of Obama since the summer.

The American Federation of Government Employees, one of the largest labor unions representing Federal workers in the Washington, D.C., area, has purchased air time on country, news/talk and sports talk radio stations in Florida, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia to air a radio ad called "Vote Issues, Not Race/Gender."

"There are a hundred good reasons for how you vote this year, and only one bad reason: prejudice. Let's talk about the real issues," AFGE national president John Gage says in the ad. It urges voters to focus on issues including the economy, health care and Social Security instead of doubts about Obama's background.

The nonpartisan but labor-backed group Campaign Money Watch says it will spend "six figures" to air its criticisms of the Republican's ties to the gambling industry on national cable networks and on broadcast stations in the Tallahassee, Fla., and Roanoke, Va., markets. "John McCain loves the risk. Betting at casinos, gambling with their lobbyists. And the gambling interests love McCain." News reports suggest McCain has received donations from the gaming industry totaling at least $2 million, since industry leaders fear more regulations from a potential Obama presidency.

The Conservative group Let Freedom Ring will expand its $5 million ad buy by another $300,000 and will cycle in new ads that raise questions about Obama's experience. The ads have aired nationally on CNN and Fox News and on broadcast stations in Colorado, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Virginia, but the group may pull out of Colorado. "It doesn't look good in Colorado," LFR director Colin Hanna said of John McCain's chances in the Centennial State.

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