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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…

March 8, 2012, 11:36 AM EST

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…

November 15, 2011, 6:24 AM EST

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…

August 11, 2011, 12:21 PM EDT

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…

June 16, 2011, 6:21 AM EDT

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…

May 16, 2011, 1:15 PM EDT

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…

May 13, 2011, 12:34 PM EDT

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…

May 12, 2011, 2:15 PM EDT

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…

March 11, 2010, 12:11 PM EST

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…

March 11, 2010, 8:52 AM EST

Illinoisan running against Blagojevich's hair

Rod Blagojevich's hair is visual shorthand for corruption in this new campaign ad (posted below) from Andy McKenna, a Republican candidate for Illinois governor in 2010. We see…

November 9, 2009, 12:04 PM EST