Group Seeks to Fund Anti-Obama Inaugural Ad

Jan 14, 2009 8:52pm

ABC News’ Tahman Bradley reports: The conservative 527 group Our Country Deserves Better PAC is soliciting funds for an anti-Barack Obama ad that the organization claims will run on television starting on Inauguration Day.

In an e-mail sent to supporters Wednesday, the group claimed it needed to raise $44,600 "or so" to pay for advertising time on network TV. The e-mail message included a YouTube link to what the group said would be the audio element of the negative spot. There is no video in the preview.

The audio clip assails President-elect Obama for supporting the release of the second half of the TARP funds that would be used to purchase assets and equity from struggling financial institutions, for the nomination of New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson as commerce secretary and his subsequent withdrawal, and for treasury secretary nominee Tim Geithner’s tax flap.

Our Country Deserves Better PAC — which ran ads critical of Obama during the 2008 campaign and then ran ads in Alaska praising Gov. Sarah Palin after the campaign — is lead by Howard Kaloogian, the man who chaired the 2003 recall of California Gov. Gray Davis.

OpenSecerts.org reported the group spent $624,000 opposing Democrats and nearly $30,000 in support of Arizona Sen. John McCain, the Republican presidential nominee, during the 2008 campaign.

Though this particular group appears ready to invest money to oppose Obama on Day 1, the Republican National Committee is not expected to begin challenging Obama or his agenda with paid media right out of the gate.

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