07/13/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

First Major Independent Ad Benefiting McCain To Begin Next Week

Politico's Mike Allen reports on the first independent advertisement to be run on behalf of McCain:

The first major independent advertising benefiting Senator McCain will begin next week when VETS FOR FREEDOM, a 20,000-member, non-partisan organization established by combat veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, launches a $1 million + TV campaign. Ohio, Virginia and New Mexico are included in the initial buy.

The ad, the largest independent expenditure on a national-security theme in the general election so far, features a number of vets speaking about the success of the surge and the need to finish the job. The buy is part of a "Four Months, For Victory" media and grassroots campaign by Vets for Freedom, focusing on MN, IA, WI, MI, PA, NV, NM, MO, CO, OH, FL, and VA.