Spiderman Dances With Baby; Supreme Court Lifts Cap on Campaign Contributions
April 3, 2014
By ABC NEWS
Spiderman Dances With Baby in Latest Evian Viral Campaign
Less than a day after water company Evian announced its newest short film, "The Amazing Baby & Me 2," starring Spiderman and a dancing baby, the YouTube clip has already gained half a million views and counting.
Trumping up interest in a tasteless, clear substance might seem like a huge advertising feat, but then water brand Evian has done it before. In 2009, company officials first launched their "baby&me" campaign on YouTube with roller-skating babies, which racked up about 74 million views, making it one of the most viewed online video advertisements in history.
The newest video in the campaign by BETC Paris follows last year's video of a man dancing with a baby and was made to help promote the release of the new "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" movie premiering May 2.
Supreme Court Overturns Limits on Campaign Contributions
The justices voted 5-4 Wednesday to strike down a Watergate-era ruling that controlled how much money an individual can give to political campaigns, committees and parties. The justices found the caps unconstitutional as political spending is a version of free speech. Limits still remain on donations to specific candidates.
Some argue that the move will only serve to give the wealthy more power and influence in elections, while others said it’s an incentive for average Americans to get more involved in politics.
The ruling follows the court’s 2010 Citizens United decision, which loosened the rules on how much corporations and unions could spend on campaigns, and has defined some clear winners and losers ahead of November’s midterm elections.
Tragedy at Fort Hood
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A gunman at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas, went on a shooting rampage, killing three and injuring 16 military personnel before turning the gun on himself. The alleged gunman, an Iraq War veteran, Spc. Ivan Lopez, suffered from mental health issues, authorities said.
Wednesday’s shooting happened at the same base where Army psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Hasan, opened fire at the military base, killing 13 people in November 2009. Hasan was sentenced to death in August.
A motive for the recent shooting has not been confirmed. Follow ABC News for more updates.