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I'm a writer. I don't have the means or skill to produce this ad, but perhaps someone does. I offer it to anyone who has the inclination to produce and circulate it.

Because of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, the richest people in the world can donate unlimited funds to political campaigns – anonymously.

So when you see endless ads attacking President Obama with lies and rumors, you’re seeing that unlimited money in action.

But who’s paying for these ads?

Oil companies? Big banks and investment houses? Insurance interests? All the corporate interests who’ve devastated our economy? The ones who don’t want to pay taxes or play by the rules?

Probably. But we don’t know for sure.

Could it be foreign drug cartels?  Sweatshop owners?  Slumlords? Sex traffickers?  Hate groups like the KKK? Sure it could – all these interests have reason to oppose President Obama.

We just don’t know who’s behind those ads.

But you know who does? Mitt Romney.

And do you think the people paying for those ads won’t be expecting a lot in return if he wins?

Mitt Romney doesn’t have to tell you who’s paying for those ads attacking President Obama. But you have a right to know.

ASK MITT ROMNEY: Who’s paying for those ads?

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  •  Tip Jar (0+ / 0-)

    Winning elections is great, but building movements is better.

    by Alvin K on Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 09:59:30 AM PDT

  •  Alvin - given that the ads (0+ / 0-)

    are independent expenditures that cannot be coordinated with the official Romney campaign, he may actually not know.

    I have a question I have been asking in similar diaries about corporate contributions to SuperPACs. We have seen many billionaires contribute up to seven figure sums to SuperPACs. Nearly all of this money has been individual expenditures but its likely people like the Kock brothers may use some of their private company cash as well. It is the view of many people who have worked in the Fortune 1000, including me, that there are no secrets in big companies. I addition, there are progressive groups offering a bounty for any corporate insider who can prove that corporate cash is being donated to a SuperPAC or any other political entity. To date I have seen no evidence that any of the Fortune 1000 have made any direct corporate contributions to the 2012 federal election cycle. Corporate PACs and contributions from employees including executives are routine, but I am asking about seven or eight figure spending out of the corporate treasury. Has anybody seen any of that?

    Personally I don't think that big public companies will participate in funding independent expenditures because they have shareholders and customers from both parties, but I could be wrong.

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 10:27:14 AM PDT

  •  I'm not an ad writer either (0+ / 0-)

    but i think the campaign ought to take a different approach. think about this for a moment: what do republicans do when they see an obama ad? they tune it out, turn it off, or listen and then say 'liar!' i mean, that's pretty much what i'd do if i saw a romney ad.

    we all know that republicans have been extremely good at getting people to vote against their own best interests. in getting them to agree with their crazy notions that preserving the upper class is somehow good for the average joe.

    so my thought is that obama ads, and democratic ads in general, should not begin by identifying themselves as such. it seems to me that if an ad simply listed all the good things that the president and the democrats stand for, people might watch and listen. then, at the end, say something like 'if these things are important to you, vote for obama, because that's what he stands for. he stands for you.' of course, it would have to be worded much better than that:) it could also be turned around to list all the awful things that republicans and romney stand for with the same type of question at the end.

    poll after poll shows that when broken down, people like much of what obama has done. but they reflexively oppose obama himself. they're not likely to even listen to an ad if they know it's an obama ad. it seems to me that sneaking in all the good stuff BEFORE they knew what they were watching would be effective in getting them to at least pay attention.

    like i said, i'm not an ad writer!

    i think your idea is a good one, too! why do you think this type of ad has not been done? maybe the obama campaign knows something we don't know.

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