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2016 presidential advertising focused on character attacks, not policy

The Conversation US | Posted 11.21.2016 | Politics
The Conversation US

By Shawn Parry-Giles, Lauren Hunter, Morgan Hess, and Prashanth Bhat, University of Maryland The general election ads from the 2016 presidential cam...

A TV Ad, Racial Gerrymanders and Racial Quotas

Michael Curtis | Posted 11.07.2016 | Politics
Michael Curtis

A TV Ad, Racial Gerrymanders and Racial Quotas By Michael Kent Curtis The North Carolina Republican Party chairman is yelling foul over an independe...

Real Women Star In MOVING Pro-Hillary Ad

Stephen Kessler | Posted 11.04.2016 | Media
Stephen Kessler

They live in California, Nevada, and Ohio. They are mothers, doctors, waitresses, business owners, married, single, straight, gay, trans--but they al...

Political Ads May Be Annoying, But There's A Reason They're Everywhere: They Work

The Huffington Post | Amanda Terkel | Posted 11.03.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― Political ads are a necessary evil these days. It’s hard to turn on the TV and not see a spot telling you about how a congressman has...

Dark Money Ads Plunged When Reporting Requirement Kicked In

OpenSecrets Blog | Posted 10.19.2016 | Politics
OpenSecrets Blog

One Nation, a group run by a former top aide to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, spent more than $23 million running ads in competitive Senate contests through Aug. 18 of this election cycle -- more than any other candidate, super PAC or other entity active in Senate races around the nation.

Lessons From A 22-Year Political Career: All Those Early Ads Were Entirely Bogus

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 10.05.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON — There’s a life cycle for politicians, especially in swing states, that goes something like this: Start out as a reformer. Accuse the ...

Gaping Holes, Confusion Mar FCC's Data On Political Ad Buys

OpenSecrets Blog | Posted 09.27.2016 | Politics
OpenSecrets Blog

Four years after it began requiring TV stations to upload their records of political ad sales to a central government website, the Federal Communications Commission maintains a recordkeeping system that makes finding out who an ad's sponsor is feel like a treasure hunt.

Local Voices: A Chance To Learn And Connect With Battleground and Red State Voters

Rachel Grady | Posted 09.15.2016 | Impact
Rachel Grady

In my job as a documentary maker, I am lucky to meet and get to know people from many different backgrounds who are kind enough to let me come into their world with my camera. They show me, and an audience of strangers, the things that are special to them in their bubble of lifestyle, politics, or worldview.

Ad data (beta): CRP unveils new tool for tracking FCC ad data

OpenSecrets Blog | Posted 09.08.2016 | Politics
OpenSecrets Blog

We are now seeing more than 30,000 filings a week showing requests for airtime, contracts and invoices for ad buys, and other correspondence between stations and representatives of the candidates and groups.

Why This Congressional Candidate Doesn't Want You To Pay Attention To Her TV Ad

The Huffington Post | Marina Fang | Posted 01.04.2017 | Politics

Zephyr Teachout wants to change the way politicians treat voters when targeting them with ads. “You know how most political ads don’t say anything...

Outside Groups Dominating Senate Contests This Cycle, Report Finds

OpenSecrets Blog | Posted 08.25.2016 | Politics
OpenSecrets Blog

Outside groups have aired almost half of all political ads for Senate races this election cycle, an all-time high at 49 percent. Entities not associated with campaigns -- such as PACs, super PACs and political nonprofits -- are especially dominating the competitive contests.

Can Media Spending Make A Difference In The Presidential Election?

Stefan Hankin | Posted 08.11.2016 | Politics
Stefan Hankin

With the Republican and Democratic conventions now behind us, political spending is about to go into overdrive. In the last presidential election cycle, candidates for office spent a total of $5.2 billion on political ads.

Australian Lawmaker Shoots Opponents In Campaign Ad, Draws Ire After Orlando

Reuters | Ron Dicker | Posted 06.15.2016 | Politics

SYDNEY -- Australian lawmaker Bob Katter drew online complaints on Wednesday after posting a campaign video in which he shoots dead political opponent...

Copp's Plea for You and Me

Ralph Nader | Posted 05.13.2016 | Politics
Ralph Nader

The plain-spoken, public-spirited former Federal Communications Commissioner, Michael Copps, is indignant -- and for good reason: The FCC is not enforcing the law requiring the "dark money" super PACs and other campaign cash conduits to reveal, on-the-air, the names of the real donors behind all political advertisements.

Daughter Of Slain Sandy Hook Principal Stars In New Hillary Clinton Ad

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 04.20.2016 | Politics

Erica Smegielski, the daughter of slain Sandy Hook Elementary School principal Dawn Hochsprung, will appear in a new ad for the Hillary Clinton campai...

Political Ads Might Not Change Your Vote -- But They May Get You to the Polls

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 03.31.2017 | Politics
The University of Central Florida Forum

What about the voters who are uninformed. Does the "information" in the political ads influence them more than me? Research says that it does.

Trump's Latest Ad Features Father Of Teen Killed By An Illegal Immigrant

The Washington Post | Annum Masroor | Posted 02.13.2016 | Politics

TAMPA, Fla. -- Donald Trump's latest campaign ad starts with the photo of an African American teenager in a football jersey, grinning for the camera a...

Ted Cruz Campaign Pulls Ad Featuring Softcore Porn Actress

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 02.12.2016 | Politics

The campaign team for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) was none too excited to discover that a softcore porn actress appeared in one of the candidate's ads. Ca...

Beyond the Hype: Using Super Bowl Commercials to Teach Teens

Emily Long | Posted 02.09.2017 | Impact
Emily Long

Watching the Super Bowl commercials this year, I kept asking myself if perhaps, finally, we've won. Of course when I say "we" I mean any non-white, non-male American, and by "won" I mean that we were not the butt of every cheap joke

Political Advertising Is About To Become A Lot More Transparent

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 01.29.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously on Thursday to expand a political advertising transparency rule to cover cable a...

Bad News for Democracy Is Great News for TV Profits

Bill Moyers | Posted 12.18.2016 | Media
Bill Moyers

The networks have grasped Donald Trump to their collective bosom like the winner of one of those misogynistic, televised beauty pageants he owns. Each pronouncement from the Sultan of Slur is treated as epic, no matter how deeply insulting, bigoted or just plain ridiculous.

Club For Growth Attacks Donald Trump With New Ads In Iowa

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 09.15.2015 | Entertainment

WASHINGTON -- Real estate mogul Donald Trump is facing his first negative ad campaign from an outside group, rather than one of his rivals for the Rep...

Jeb Bush Draws Contrast With 'Self-Promoter' Rivals In First TV Ad

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 09.08.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's presidential campaign on Tuesday released the candidate's first television ad, slated to air in the early...

You Must Watch This Gloriously Deranged Canadian Political Ad

The Huffington Post | Katie Sola | Posted 08.12.2015 | Comedy

Wyatt Scott has swashbuckled his way into our cynical hearts with the most dramatic political advertisement we've ever seen. He's nothing short of a p...

FCC Chief Tom Wheeler Is Five Sixths of a Superhero

Marty Kaplan | Posted 06.03.2016 | Politics
Marty Kaplan

Ex-lobbyist Tom Wheeler's courage in battling deep-pocketed corporations on competition, open Internet, privacy, the digital divide, and robocalls transformed him in my mind from oligarch apologist to American Avenger. That's why I'm so bummed he won't use his superpowers to fight the super PACs.