Filling the void left by the Kerry campaign's decision to go dark in August, the Media Fund has shelled out $2.5 million for ads in Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Nevada and New Mexico. The rotation will include five humorous spots — several of which were produced and initially broadcast by MoveOn.org — and will focus on corporate responsibility, Iraq, Halliburton, and the middle class cash crunch.
The Media Fund's buy, combined with the Democratic National Committee's buy, more than exceeds the gross ratings points purchased by the Bush campaign in markets like Pittsburgh, Albuquerque, Nevada and Columbus. LINK
USA Today 's Mark Memmott writes about the combination of ads by the DNC and outside groups matching up against the Bush-Cheney campaign. LINK
The Wall Street Journal 's Jeanne Cummings wraps up the day in dueling ads.
Truth Squad? The Boston Globe 's Vascellero looks at the new organized groups of Democrats ready to attack the president in places he visits. LINK
The New York Times ' Elisabeth Rosenthal highlights the Republican strongholds in West Virginia and surrounding states which are "keeping President Bush even in the polls with his challenger John Kerry, and that may propel him into a second term." LINK
The Washington Times ' Lakely Notes the Republican pounce on the lack of Kerry/Edwards bounce. LINK
Want to target viewers on cable? Read page B1 of the Wall Street Journal for a how-to.
Weird political story of the day: the New York Daily News talks to a hair doctor who claims to have been able to predict presidential election outcomes — and even he says this race is too close to call. "'The problem is they've both got a really good head of hair,' he said." LINK
Music Makes (Some of) the People Come Together:
The smart and hip folks at Move On PAC and America Coming Together (ACT) have come up with a grand scheme for (1) reaching lots and lots of young voters, (2) raising lots and lots of $$$, and (3) filling the void left by the cancelled Lollapalooza tour.
Vote For Change, a concert series of epic proportions, is officially out from under wraps. In no uncertain terms, some of the biggest bands and most influential musicians in modern American music — we're talking Springsteen, we're talking Vedder, we're talking Raitt — will participate. On the heels of the Republican National Convention, they will embark on an ambitious battleground tour, performing in at least 34 shows, in 28 cities, in nine states: Pennsylvania, Ohio, Missouri, Michigan, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Florida, and North Carolina. Concerts begin Oct. 1 and run over the course of eight to 10 days, in venues varying in size from large indoor arenas to smaller "intimate" theaters.
Tickets go on sale (to the public) through Ticketmaster on Aug. 21.
The roster of more than 20 artists — talent spanning generations, geography and musical genre — will appear on separate bills on the same night in selected cities. While some of the artists' music may inspire the listener to go home and write a letter to your long lost high school love rather than to start a revolution — Move On has managed to line-up an enviable host of talent without a Millie Vanilli in the bunch.
Preliminarily, the tickets may look something like this: