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Topic: Political Ads

Super Tuesday TV Spending Not So Super

PAC dollars dominate

If it weren’t for the candidates' PACs, Super Tuesday spending would have been a trickle. A whopping 87 percent of the $6.1 million spent on spot TV during the last…

Forecast: Online Political Ad Spend Still Tiny

Only 1.5% of total spending, but a spike from 2008 election

Many of the headlines this year have referenced politicians embracing digital media to court voters and donors, but the ad dollars spent online are predicted to be comparably low. Online…

The Blanding of America

There's a lot at stake when selling presidential candidates--so why is their branding so stupifyingly dull?

One of the most indelible and enduring images of the 2008 presidential campaign was candidate Barack Obama's logo: a simple, clean, blue "O" rising like a sun above a prairie…

Political Ads See a Slight Boost in Iowa

But spending trails where it was before 2007 straw poll

Republicans are apparently taking all of this debt talk to heart. With the political season underway and the Iowa straw poll slated for Saturday, the GOP has turned into one…

Axelrod, Gillespie Talk Political Ads in Age of Twitter

Broadcast still king, say former Obama and Bush advisors

The speed of technological development these days makes the pace of the presidential election cycle seem absolutely glacial. Last time around, Barack Obama was hailed for his grasp of new…

How Barbarian Group Hijacked NYC's Speed Signs With Skeletons

New York City showed off its new skeletal speed-warning signs last week, part of the Department of Transportation's ongoing campaign to show that a pedestrian's odds of death are greatly…

Candidate's Ads Say He 'Gets Shit Done'

I don't live in Dan Adler's district out here in Los Angeles, so I can't vote for the former Disney executive (and "new media pioneer") for Congress. But I can…

NYC Takes on Rude, Evil Cyclists in New Ads

The New York City Department of Transportation recycles C-list celebs in a public safety campaign that warns miscreant bicycle riders: "Don't be a jerk." The three mildly amusing vignettes featuring…

Classified urges voters to back hatemonger

Notorious white supremacist Tom Metzger is gearing up for a run at U.S. Rep. Mark Souder's seat in the House of Representatives, going so far as to take out a classified…

Dating site takes a stand on cops and taxes

Chemistry.com, which has previously positioned itself as a gay-friendly alternative to eHarmony, is now promoting a politically themed Romance Plan for America. With two TV commercials and a…

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