A light on lobbyists

Senate campaigns attacking opponents for ties to lobby groups.

, The National Law Journal


On television screens across Montana and Wisconsin, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee this month is showing two ads that put the spotlight on lobbying, a favorite punching bag of voters of both political parties. The spots turn up the heat on a couple of Republicans who are running for U.S. Senate and have ties to lobbyists.

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Originally appeared in print as Lobby group ties attacked in campaign ads

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  • JFlaherty

    And by the way,,, the Nine's interpretation of political anonymity is absurd. Historically, Political Anonymity is reserved for speech in written formats...NOT for visually graphic,moving television broadcasts.
    The propensity for the now defined Super Pacs to deliver widely broadcast TV ads that are misleading to the public is paramount to the analysis, and all conflicts should be deliberated more so in the vein of False Advertising --not political anonymity!

  • JFlaherty

    Agreed, Tom.

    Same as CU decision being lumped in with good govt. and grass roots PACs ... and therein lies the problem. Transparency, imo, is the obvious answer. And not just in financial accountability and filings.
    Most important and impactful ARE the TV ads,,,despite what Scalia et.Al think or say. Therefor, these political ads need to be transparent UPFRONT: as in "We are the People's Alliance for Womens Healthcare," OR "We are a trade consortium for agricultural chemicals," that needs to come FIRST in the ad, same as "I'm congressman John Doe, and I approve this ad."

    Pretty simple solution, if you ask me.

  • Tom

    Highly misleading for author of this article to lump someone who worked for a public interest civil rights organization with highly paid lobbyists for special interests like defense contractors and pharmaceutical companies, bought out to work against the public interest.

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