Political Groups’ Ads Attack Congressmen

ATLANTA Two organizations plan to launch television ads tomorrow opposing congressmen they consider corrupt, including House Majority Leader Tom Delay, R-Texas, the groups said.

The Campaign for America’s Future, a Washington, D.C., group that opposes much of the Republican agenda, is spending $75,000 to air an ad in Washington and Houston, DeLay’s home district, accusing DeLay of corruption and demanding that he resign as leader of the House. The ad, produced by Zimmerman & Markham, an independent Santa Monica, Calif., shop that specializes in political advertising, will run for one week.

Earlier this month, CAF aired ads in Louisiana criticizing Rep. James McCrery, R-La., for taking donations from companies that would benefit from the privatization of Social Security. The campaign included print ads in two Shreveport, La., newspapers.

The Public Campaign Action Fund, another Washington-based group, is spending $25,000 to launch ads tomorrow in the districts of Republican National Committee chairman Rep. Tom Reynolds, R-N.Y., House Ethics Committee chairman Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash., and Rep. Rob Simmons, R-Conn. The ads were produced by MacWilliams, Robinson & Partners, an independent Washington shop, and target the politicians for their association with DeLay. Those ads will run through Sunday.

Both groups promise more ads later this year.