Tuesday, April 04, 2006

nbc 30 REFUSES to air ad

MoveOn to target four GOP House candidates in $1.3m ad buy
04/03/2006 @ 10:06 amFiled by RAW STORY
NBC affiliates have rejected MoveOn.org ads targeting 4 Republicans for voting in the interest of big oil, RAW STORY has learned.
The $1.3 million ad buy, which MoveOn calls the first in a series, will target four Congresspersons in competitive districts. Representatives Chris Chocola (IN-2), Thelma Drake (VA-2), Nancy Johnson (CT-5) and Deborah Pryce (OH-15) will be the first hit. All four voted against giving the U.S. Department of Justice authority to prosecute oil companies for alleged price gouging.
According to the National Republican Congressional Committee, NBC affiliates in
Columbus, OH and Hartford, CT have refused to air the ads.
The campaign will be launched at a telepress conference today at 1 pm EST.
The ads and their substantiation, can be viewed at
The complete script of the Virginia ad follows:
(click title for link)

ahhhhhhhh here's the courant's take on things (a BIT different than the story above i must say)

Johnson, Murphy Feud Over Ads Campaign Heats Up Early In 5th District
By MARK PAZNIOKAS Courant Staff WriterApril 4 2006
The political air wars opened Monday with caustic television commercials that tar U.S. Rep. Nancy L. Johnson and her opponent, Christopher Murphy, with the acts of others.A liberal advocacy group, MoveOn.org, struck first with a commercial that links Johnson, a 5th District Republican, to the symbol of Washington corruption, convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff. She has no ties to Abramoff.One local television station refused to air the ad.With more than $2 million in the bank, the Johnson campaign counter-attacked with a commercial holding Murphy, a Democratic state senator, responsible for the MoveOn ad. Murphy has no affiliation with the group. The spot will air today.The unexpected flurry of political punching and counterpunching, more typical of Labor Day than the opening day of the baseball season, was a reminder that all three GOP congressional seats in Connecticut will be hotly contested as Republicans try to maintain control of the House."It is a stunning exchange, I will say, by both sides so early in this campaign," said Brian Flaherty, the chairman of the Johnson campaign. "When the first punch was thrown, Nancy and the campaign decided not to take it sitting down."Murphy said he preferred that no independent groups air commercials in the 5th District, but he refused to call the MoveOn commercial unfair for linking Abramoff to Johnson, who never accepted money from the corrupt lobbyist. Murphy said the ads by Johnson and MoveOn should be judged differently."The difference is she controls the content of her ad. I don't control or have anything to do with the content of the MoveOn.org ad," Murphy said. "It seems totally hypocritical to respond to an ad that she thinks unfairly links her with Jack Abramoff with her own ad that unfairly links me to MoveOn.org."MoveOn.org on Monday began airing ads criticizing Johnson and three other GOP House members in Indiana, Ohio and Virginia. All four are engaged in so-called "second-tier races," contests in which incumbents are targeted by Democrats, yet the Republicans still are considered significant favorites. Democrats need a net gain of 15 seats to take the House.The group has committed $1.3 million to a series of ads that will air against the four incumbents between now and June. About $340,000 has been budgeted for the campaign against Johnson to assure that most viewers see the ad several times.The first MoveOn commercial ostensibly is about Johnson's relationship with the energy industry, which has given her more than $300,000 in campaign contributions over her 24-year career in Congress. The spot recites energy measures she has supported, which the ads described as anti-consumer.....

and here is the script for the nancy johnson commercial from moveon.org

you can judge for yourself (they do say ms johnson took money from OIL COMPANIES not abramoff. however, they DO mention abramoff in the commercial. again, judge for yourself)

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