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Who Paid for a Pittsburgh Political Attack Ad?

Friday, June 07, 2013

Shortly before last month’s mayoral primary in Pittsburgh an attack ad began airing criticizing one of the mayoral candidates. The ad was paid for by an anonymous third party and ordinarily the search into its provenance would have stopped there. But last year the FCC changed disclosure rules for anonymous attack ads. Brooke talks to Tim McNulty, political reporter for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, about who paid for the ad and why.

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It's A Free Country ®

Graphic: How Romney Out-Raised Obama Despite Gay Marriage Bump

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Obama's fundraising surged on the day he announced his support for same-sex marriage. But Romney supporters opened their wallets when their candidate's history at Bain Capital came into play.

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: Bill Clinton and Cory Booker are Right About Bain

Monday, June 04, 2012

The former President and the Mayor of Newark were both critical of Obama's attack ads against Romney. Democrats should listen up if they want to attract swing voters in November.

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The Takeaway

Republicans Duke It Out with Attack Ads

Thursday, February 16, 2012

With the Michigan primary almost two weeks away, Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum are waging war against each other through televised attacks ads. On Wednesday, Rick Santorum responded to a Super PAC funded Romney ad that claimed he was a "big spender" by depicting Romney as "Rombo." A Mitt Romney look-a-like, "Rombo," is seen shooting mud with a machine gun at cardboard pop-ups of Rick Santorum.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Screening Room: Larry McCarthy's Greatest Attack Ads

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

On Tuesday, Jane Mayer of the New Yorker joins Brian to discuss the career of Larry McCarthy, perhaps the most successful practitioner of the art of the negative political ad. He's now working for the pro-Romney SuperPAC "Restore Our Future." From Willie Horton to the Newt Gingrich "baggage" ad, here (in chronological order) are some of McCarthy's most notable pieces (that are available online).

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