A Favorite Villain in Election Ads: New York

12/22/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
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With less than two weeks to go before the election, dozens of races remain too close to call. But one clear loser, already, is New York City.

More than 200 candidates around the country have run ads demonizing the financial industry or Wall Street, often trying to tie an opponent to a culture of greed and government bailouts.
But the taint is also spreading to the city itself, which is being portrayed in an unflattering and unsettling way.

In one spot, the Statue of Liberty is enveloped by threatening shadows. In others, photos of a Wall Street street sign segue into scenes of corporate types swilling cocktails or puffing cigars, and smug-looking bankers roaming the streets of Manhattan.

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