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Will The Most Coveted Voting Bloc Show Up To The Polls?

HuffingtonPost.com | Amber Ferguson | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics

This election cycle, candidates from both parties have shown that when it comes to courting millennials, "the limit does not exist." Senate candida...

Two Videos to Help You Navigate Illinois' Election Day

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.03.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

The Illinois gubernatorial candidates are making their final cases to voters before Tuesday's election with social media, speeches and television ads. But how much can voters trust these ads? Are the candidates trying to manipulate us with their messages?

Illinois Needs Positive Action, Not Negative Ads

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.23.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

The head of the Small Business Advocacy Council of Illinois has had it with the barrage of negative ads TV viewers are enduring this election season. ...

Information You Need to Make Up Your Own Mind

Meredith McGehee | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics
Meredith McGehee

As things stand now, the burden is on you to figure out who is funding the ads inundating your television and attempting to influence your vote, despite long-standing laws and regulations that clearly state that broadcasters have an obligation to ascertain the "true sponsor" of the ads they run on those airwaves.

Union Members Irate After Their Photo Appears In GOP Candidate's Attack Ad

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 10.09.2014 | Politics

Michigan union workers were irate to find their image was used in a political attack ad in which they appear to support Republican Senate candidate Te...

Propaganda, Potholes and Pensions: Political Ads and Business Clichés During Election (Hunting) Season

Kevin Walsh | Posted 12.09.2014 | Detroit
Kevin Walsh

Sadly, the two-pronged grade-school defense of "Nu'Uh" and "But he did it, too" will probably carry the day come November. With corporations as citizens, with jean-clad CEOs as governors and with an amnesiac public convinced that their problems stem from the quickly vanishing middle class, what's a non-billionaire to do?

Mysterious Political Ads Flood Kansas Airwaves

AP | By PHILIP ELLIOTT | Posted 12.09.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Political advertisers are a mystery in Kansas more than in any other state. Kansas has seen the greatest number of ...

Humor Brings Light Instead of Darkness to Political Ads

Christopher Lamb | Posted 11.22.2014 | Politics
Christopher Lamb

Humor brings light instead of darkness to political advertising. Does it give us better politicians than the ones who hide behind attack ads?

There's One Political Ad Every Two Minutes In These Two States

Center for Public Integrity | Michael Beckel | Posted 09.18.2014 | Politics

This story was published by The Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit, nonpartisan investigative news organization in Washington, D.C. A warning...

Shedding New Light on Dark Money

Timothy Karr | Posted 08.31.2014 | Politics
Timothy Karr

While its not likely to stifle the flood of money being spent on political ads, the FCC's online file will help shed light on the groups that are spending so much -- giving voters more clarity on who's trying to influence their choices at the ballot box.

House Democrats' Campaign Arm Reserves Its Largest-Ever Ad Buy

AP | By PHILIP ELLIOTT | Posted 07.29.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats are ready to empty their deep pockets for television ads in their uphill climb to overtake Republicans as the majo...

The REAL House of Cards: Political Campaigns and TV Ads

Nicco Mele | Posted 07.22.2014 | Media
Nicco Mele

We've lived through an era of raising money for two years in order to hire a media consultant to cut half a dozen 30 second spots in the last six weeks before the election: Where we're headed won't look anything like that.

Are Political Lies Constitutional?

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.16.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Popular political speech needs no protection from the First Amendment -- it never has. It is unpopular political speech -- even downright lies -- which need defending by the courts. As ignoble and as impure as that may sound.

GOP Senate Candidate Gets A Call From Obama In New Ad

AP | PHILIP ELLIOTT | Posted 04.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican running in Georgia's seven-way Senate primary released Friday an ad featuring a fake phone call from President Barack...

Anti-Obamacare Ads Account For Almost Half Of All Ads This Election Cycle

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 03.14.2014 | Politics

Of the 66,000 television ads for House and Senate races that aired through March 9, more than 30,000 conveyed an anti-Affordable Care Act message, Blo...

Like Bob Marley? Pandora Thinks You're A Democrat

Posted 02.18.2014 | Entertainment

Listen to Bob Marley on Pandora recently? Then Pandora assumes you're a Democrat. Using an algorithm influenced by election results and the musica...

You Could Be A Target Of This New 'Powerful Tool'

AP | PHILIP ELLIOTT | Posted 02.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The days when political campaigns would try to make inroads with demographic groups such as soccer moms or white working-class vot...

Campaign Cash Rules Drown in the Bathtub

Michael Winship | Posted 02.23.2014 | Politics
Michael Winship

What little power the government still has to regulate campaign finance donations -- already whittled to a minimum by Citizens United -- is being steadily eroded by funding cutbacks, intimidation, bureaucracy and an inability or refusal to enforce the few rules we have left.

The Perils of Religious Politicking

Peter Montgomery | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics
Peter Montgomery

Sen. Mark Pryor's ad is a cautionary tale about the fact that, as he himself has said, the intersection of faith and politics can be difficult to navigate. It can come across as saying, "vote for me because I'm a Christian," a message that fails to respect America's constitutional ideals and growing religious pluralism.

Cruz To Push Obama Nominee On Political Ad Policy

Reuters | Posted 12.24.2013 | Politics

By Alina Selyukh WASHINGTON, Oct 24 (Reuters) - Republican Senator Ted Cruz, who has blocked President Barack Obama's nominee for chai...

The Real IRS Problem: Citizens United

Michael Keegan | Posted 07.15.2013 | Politics
Michael Keegan

Americans of all political stripes should be outraged at the recent revelation that the Tea Party was unfairly targeted by the IRS before last year's election. But the lesson that the right is drawing from the IRS's misdeeds is wrong.

Bringing Dark Money to Account

Timothy Karr | Posted 04.10.2013 | Politics
Timothy Karr

The shadowy super PACs and front groups that polluted the airwaves with political ads last year are already raising millions from corporations and billionaires to batter television viewers with a new wave of ads.

DU Citizen Panel Wades Into Campaign-Finance Swamplands

The Colorado Independent | John Tomasic | Posted 11.30.2012 | Denver

From The Colorado Independent's John Tomasic. DENVER– The University of Denver’s “strategic issues panel of accomplished citizens” tasked w...

Don't Believe the Spin. Dark Money Won.

Timothy Karr | Posted 01.20.2013 | Politics
Timothy Karr

The Obama victory didn't signal the demise of big-money politics. It didn't spell the end of the super PAC, far from it. And the election wasn't a train wreck for political advertising -- even after groups paid billions for spots that supported losing candidate.

So, Political Ads Have Gotten Kind Of Extreme

Posted 11.06.2012 | Comedy

It's time for young voters to grab this election by the balls... or something. We're not sure, frankly. But whatever this ad wants the youth to do, ...