I wrote weeks ago that there will be an escalating volume of ads by groups, PACs which support both sides. Ads assailing Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama on taxes and abortion are coming out in key states and on national cable networks -- aired by independent groups largely financed by two wealthy donors.
The abortion ad, a $350,000 spot that will appear during the next week in Ohio and New Mexico, aims to cast Obama as out of the mainstream, even among abortion rights advocates. The BornAliveTruth.org ad singles out his efforts while in the Illinois Senate to defeat the Born Alive Infants Protection Act. Obama and abortion rights forces in Illinois have said the bill would have undermined the landmark Supreme Court case on abortion, Roe vs. Wade.
The tax ad is the work of North Carolina-based RightChange.com, which plans to spend about $1.5 million in the next two weeks on national cable networks including Fox News Channel, CNN and CNN Headline News, said spokesman Tim Pittman.
The new ads are part of a sudden surge in advertising by outside groups that is rapidly filling airwaves as the presidential contest enters its final seven weeks.
Two Democratic-leaning political action committees aired an anti-McCain ad on CNN and MSNBC that features a former fellow prisoner of war criticizing Republican presidential nominee John McCain's temperament. The Service Employees International Union on Sunday began spending $2 million in six battleground states depicting McCain as out of touch on economic issues.