Posts Tagged ‘ad’

Amodei Ad Aftermath

By Elizabeth Crum | 3:31 pm June 21st, 2011

If all press is good press, Republican nominee Mark Amodei’s first campaign ad is a winner.


The ad, which centers on the issue of our national debt and the debt limit, is narrated by an Asian news woman with a stereotypical Chinese accent and is even captioned in Chinese.

It shows images of shut down factories with padlocked gates, President Obama cheerfully approving gigantic debt bills, the U.S. dollar sign morphing into the symbol for the Chinese yuan, China’s red flag furled over shiny cartoon cities, Obama bowing humbly to Chinese leader Hu Jintao and the Chinese Army marching in/on Washington D.C.

Says Amodei near the end: “I’ll never vote to raise Obama’s debt limit.”


Here is a round-up of reactions with links to the original sources (with apologies to anyone I missed):

– Dave Catanese of Politico called the ad “provocative”.

The Daily Caller‘s headline referred to the spot as a “light-hearted fear mongering ad”.

– Salon titled it “21st century red baiting”.

HuffPo riffed that the ad warns that China “will turn America into the Hunan Centipede”.

– KOS said, “Wow” and “This ad from newly-crowned GOP nominee Mark Amodei must be seen to be believed. It’s both wildly racist and extremely nuts”.

And in Nevada:

– Beth Ingalls with in Reno wrote “it’s a doozy.”

– Wyatt Cox at White Pine News called it “too little, too late.”

– Andrew Davey, a progressive blogger from Henderson, told the RJ he thought the ad was “xenophobic.”

– Kirk Caraway at Carson City Now asked who the real Mark Amodei is and said, “It’s as if some evil spirit has taken control of the old Amodei and created a monster.”

All the publicity came cheap, too. The 30-second spot was placed at KRNV in Reno from Monday through Thursday for less than $2,000, according to a Ralston Tweet. Politico estimated the total ad buy at around $3,000 (so there must have been another placement somewhere).

Update: Politico reports that the Asian American Asian American Action Fund called the ad “xenophobic” and “offensive” and “fear-mongering” and says it uses ”Chinese language and imagery in a sinister light.” The group is asking the Amodei to take it off the air.




Nevada GOP Official Blasts Reid For Ad Claiming To Have Saved Teacher’s Job With Stimulus Funds

By Sean Whaley | 5:05 am July 30th, 2010

CARSON CITY – Former Nevada governor and state Republican Committeeman Bob List yesterday called on Sen. Harry Reid to stop running a television ad claiming to have saved a school teacher’s job with federal stimulus funds.

List, in a conference call with media representatives, said the ad is false and attempts to divert attention from Reid’s failure to help bring Nevada out of a major recession.

“He didn’t save her job at all,” List said. “That is a false statement. He should acknowledge it and the ad should come down.”

Reid should focus on Nevada’s record high and nation-leading unemployment rate, which hit 14.2 percent in June, List said.

“The reality is, since the stimulus package was adopted on Feb. 18 of last year, 60,000 additional people in the private sector have lost their jobs in Nevada,” he said. “We now have nearly 200,000 people out of work here and you’d think that he might be addressing that problem instead of making a false claim and a boast of saving this teacher’s job when in fact he didn’t.”

The Reid campaign rejected List’s claims as uninformed and questioned GOP challenger Sharron Angle’s commitment to education.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal on Wednesday published a story about the ad, saying the teacher in question did not have her job saved from the stimulus funding approved by Congress and the President last year because the school at which she worked did not receive any recovery money.

The 30-second ad shows Ronzone Elementary School teacher Bridget Zick of Las Vegas talking about the fear of losing her job and how Reid saved Nevada teaching jobs.

The story prompted a strong response from Reid campaign spokesman Jon Summers, who criticized the Review-Journal story for being, “erroneous and reckless.”

The claim that the school didn’t get any recovery funds, “fundamentally misunderstands the nature of disbursement of the stimulus dollars and the way educators’ jobs were saved,” he said.

“The reality is that stimulus funds were distributed by district, and the Clark County School District received funds that saved an estimated 1,400 jobs,” Summers said.

Thomas Mitchell, editor of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, said: “We stand by the fairness of our news reporting.”

List defended the Review-Journal story as accurate and said it is Reid who has historically over time distorted facts and misrepresented reality.

Assemblyman Mo Denis, D-Las Vegas, also weighed in on the dispute as a member of the Ways and Means Committee and former president of the Nevada State PTA.

“What is missing from this discussion is this: If we hadn’t received the federal stimulus funds we had three choices left, which was fire 3,500 teachers, raise taxes, or a combination of the two,” he said. “It really is that simple. The funds Nevada received avoided a huge layoff, or an equally huge tax increase. Whether Bridget Zick would have been one of the 3,500 would not have mattered to the parents whose children were no longer being taught by 3,499 other teachers.”

Reid campaign spokesman Kelly Steele said in response to List’s comments: “It’s simply irrefutable that 3,500 education workers weren’t laid off because of stimulus funding that Sen. Reid was instrumental in securing.

“The fact that Mr. List appears to have even less understanding of how stimulus funds are distributed than the shoddy journalism he cites in the Review-Journal is disappointing, but not surprising since he’s advocating for Sharron Angle, who opposes all public education funding and believes we should abolish the Department of Education.”

List said Reid should focus on Nevada’s record-setting unemployment rate.

False claims by Reid aren’t helping, he said.

“This guy would take credit for the fact that Hoover Dam hasn’t washed out if he thought he could get away with it,” List said.

Reid is locked in a battle with Angle in his bid for another term in the Senate. The race is one of the mostly closely watched contests in the nation.


Audio clips:

Bob List says Nevada has lost jobs since stimulus funding was approved:

072910List1 :32 fact he didn’t.”

List says Nevada faces major economic crisis under Reid’s watch:

072910List2 :13 away with it.”

List says Reid has not used his power to help Nevada:

072910List3 :27 his power effectively.”

Entire List statement:

072910List4 5:00

Brian Sandoval Para Gobernador

By Elizabeth Crum | 2:30 pm July 9th, 2010

Sandoval is out with a Spanish ad that will play during the World Cup championships this Sunday.

As Ralston pointed out when he Flashed this earlier, this is an amusing development because Sandoval, although he is of Hispanic descent, does not speak Spanish.

But Rory does.  But he does not have a Spanish ad.  (Yet.)

Rory learned to speak fluent Spanish when he lived in Argentina for two years, which is where he did his mission.

It would be amusing if Rory challenged Sandoval to a debate in a Spanish forum, and Sandoval was the one who needed the translator.  (Don’t hold your breath.)

Nevada GOP: “Nevada Continues to Suffer Under the Leadership of Harry Reid”

By Elizabeth Crum | 7:50 pm June 18th, 2010

In what will be their favorite talking point of the campaign season, the Nevada Republican Party yesterday put out a press release showing a screen shot with this accompanying headline:

MYTH: “Harry Reid: No one can do more”

from this pro-Reid TV ad, followed by this:

TRUTH: Nevada unemployment hits 14 percent, leads nation

Associated Press: “LAS VEGAS — Nevada’s unemployment rate hit 14 percent in May, pushing the Silver State ahead of Michigan to lead the nation in joblessness.

The state Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation reported Friday that the jump from 13.7 percent in April set a new record for Nevada.”

– (Associated Press 6/18/2010 – Nevada unemployment hits 14 percent, leads nation)

Yes, the narrative of the GOP – it’s their story and they’re sticking to it! – from now through November 2 will be that Harry Reid is responsible for the sorry state of our state.

Meanwhile, Team Reid will constantly remind voters how many jobs he has brought to the state and how much worse things would or could be without him and the bailouts/stimulus.  And how wacky and “dangerous” Sharron Angle is, of course.

Harry Reid Campaign Targets Non-Partisan Voters With An “In Her Own Words” Angle Mailer

By Elizabeth Crum | 7:26 pm June 18th, 2010

Looks like Team Reid is going after the independent and non-partisan vote right away.  Jonathan Humbert over at KLAS-TV, who is a registered non-partisan, received the following campaign mailer at his house today:

Harry Reid’s First Post-Primary TV Ad

By Elizabeth Crum | 6:26 am June 10th, 2010

Compliments of RalstonFlash (who has posted the ad for your viewing pleasure).

The subject is no surprise:  Harry Reid has brought jobs to Nevada.  In this case, 300 solar energy jobs.

(So the ad nicely doubles as a reminder that Harry is all about green energy.  You can bet your bottom dollar that all our dear politicians will be saying the word “oil” with a grimace and “green” with a grin all campaign season long.)

In light of her desire to reform and simplify the federal tax structure, I wonder:  does Sharron Angle even approve of using tax credits to create jobs?

Last Tea Party Express Angle Ad Buy Before the Primary

By Elizabeth Crum | 6:22 am June 3rd, 2010

Here’s their 60-second yes-she-is-conservative (but-not-too-conservative in the spendy era of Obama-Pelosi-Reid) ad spot.

It will run statewide beginning this weekend .

Team Chachas Gets Bonus Points for Creativity

By Elizabeth Crum | 1:17 pm June 1st, 2010

Check out The Elephant Ad.

In other Chachas-related news, we had (this morning) a corrected press release stating that only one of two previously mentioned and hardly-heard-of candidates was dropping out and endorsing him:  Gary Bernstein.

Never heard of Gary?  Here is his website featuring the one TV ad I saw him run, plus his bio.

Anyhow, the last M-D poll had Chachas polling at 2%.  He’s reportedly been courting the Undecideds as best he can, but that is only 10 to 15% of likely voters.

Even in the highly unlikely event (snowballs, anyone?) that Chachas were to win the hearts and minds of all GOP voters who have yet to make up their minds, he would still only come in at 12 to 17%.  Which would land him in fourth place.

Which, if it happened, would be fairly respectable for a man who, comparative to the three frontrunners, spent very little time and money competing against the field.

Our Country Deserves Better PAC, aka the Tea Party Express, Tees Up Mailer & TV Ads for Angle to Clark County GOP Voters

By Elizabeth Crum | 9:46 pm May 27th, 2010

Here’s the mailer going out from OCDB PAC to Clark County GOP voters very soon:


11 days…

Update (9:40 PM): The mailer is going out to 40,000 households, says a TPE spokesperson.


They will be up with Angle ads on the following TV stations as of tomorrow:





Fox News Las Vegas Valley

Fox News Nellis AFB

Fox News Pahrump

The Weather Channel – Las Vegas

Speedway – Las Vegas

Golf Channel – Las Vegas

KPVM (Pahrump)

Sec of State Ross Miller to Seek Restraining Order Against PAC Running Pro-Sandoval Ads

By Elizabeth Crum | 6:02 pm May 24th, 2010

Secretary of State Ross Miller is seeking a temporary restraining order to stop the TV airing of a pro-Sandoval political ad, according to this oh-no-you-di’n't press release re: the Alliance for America’s Future (AFF) refusal to properly register itself as a PAC.

Ross says he got a cool response from the group’s attorney re: complying with Nevada law.

Says Ross:

“Nevada election law is very explicit. In order to spend money on TV ads in an effort to influence the outcome of an election, you must file as a PAC. Here we have an out-of-state group that’s unwilling to fill out a simple two-page registration form, as does every other PAC that legally conducts political activity in this state,” Secretary Miller said. “It’s my job as Chief Elections Officer to enforce state law that provides voters transparency in election activity. This shadowy, out-of state group, which won’t identify the individuals behind it, leaves me no choice but to go to court to force them into compliance.”

The Secretary of State’s Office will seek injunctive relief in Carson City’s First Judicial Court.

Here’s what (little) I know about AFF:

GOP operative Barry Bennett (Ohio) recently left his position as chief of staff to Rep. Jean Schmidt, R-Loveland, to help launch the organization.  The mission is to help Republicans in key races in key states such as Ohio, Arkansas and Nevada.  Bennet’s partner is Mary Cheney, daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney.

I’m guessing the refusal to comply with our rules is intentional in order to create some press for the brand new PAC.  The court will order cessation of the TV ad until they register; they will immediately register; the ad (or a new one) will go back up; and everyone will know their name.

Update (6:36 PM): A reader just pointed out, though, that headlines like this one from the RJ are not really a good thing for your candidate:

Sandoval group violated election laws, official says

Predictable: A Bit of Angle Bashing from Team Lowden

By Elizabeth Crum | 7:19 pm May 20th, 2010

With Angle surging in the polls — a PPP (automated) poll today had Angle at 29%, Lowden at 26% and Tark at 24% (the sample was 651 GOP voters, taken 5/12-16) — this is not a big surprise.

I believe AD was up first with the new anti-Angle ad from Team Lowden.

The ad goes after Angle on (1) once trying to raise legislative pay and (2) the whole prison reform via “Scientology” thing.


(1) Legislative pay is currently a measly $7K and Angle was trying to raise it (I think?) by a few hundred dollars.  Even if she was trying to double it, it’s not that big of a deal in the big picture.  (I’ve often wondered how we get any quality candidates as state legislators get paid very little to meet once every other year and sporadically for special sessions.)

(2) The prison reform story is totally overblown.  Yes, there were some experimental things going on at that facility in New Mexico, but the recidivism rate was low and Angle, who was big into prison reform, was taking a look.  From what I can see (and have heard in interviews with her) Angle is a straight-talking Bible-believing Christian who is not a secret disciple of Tom Cruise & Co.

You may or may not be comfortable with Angle, but you definitely know what you are getting if you vote for her.

It’s the best Team Lowden could do with this ad, though, because these two issues are really all there is.

Angle has been nothing if not public and consistent in her views and votes.

Kieckhefer Lobs at Cobb

By Elizabeth Crum | 3:29 pm May 19th, 2010

Dullard Mush has the hardball ad posted (complete with Hollywood voice-over and ominous sounding background music).

Here’s the background if you missed the sign-kicking story when it broke.

What Happens When Twisted Sister Meets Chad Christensen’s Dump Reid Dump Truck?

By Elizabeth Crum | 4:00 pm May 11th, 2010

See for yourself as you marvel at this YouTube ad.

I’d say this is easily a nominee for the Goofy Campaign Ad award category.  Which I just now made up and added to my list of awards, to be announced sometime on/after June 9th.

H/T:  Ralston on Twitter sometime earlier today

Chachas: Federal Spending as Illustrated in Pennies

By Elizabeth Crum | 4:08 pm May 4th, 2010

I recently saw a variation of it online, but U.S. Senate candidate John Chachas has put his own spin on a new campaign ad that is now up on YouTube and will also soon be coming to a Nevada television near you.

The idea is that the “law of large numbers” makes it hard to understand the scale of federal spending and borrowing, so the issue is framed and illustrated using stacked pennies on a table.

Chickens for Checkups TV Ad & Patriot Majority PAC

By Elizabeth Crum | 3:29 pm April 30th, 2010

Was curious, so looked for info on the 527 (PAC) Patriot Majority that is up with the “Chickens for Checkups” TV ad mentioned in my earlier post on Sue Lowden.

You can glance over a summary page of the PAC on

Craig Varoga, a principal with the political consulting firm Independent Strategies and partner at Varoga & Associates, is the founder of Patriot Majority (established in October 2009). Varoga is a strategist who, among other things, managed former Iowa governor Tom Vilsack’s presidential campaign and served as national field director for retired Four Star General Wesley Clark.  During the ’90s, he served as communications director to Harry Reid and managed various campaigns including the victories of Texas Congressman Ken Bentsen (1994) and two Houston mayors.

(Sidebar:  Here is one of Patriot Majority’s web-based email campaigns titled “The Tea Party is Over” and calling on supporters to “say no to the dangerous extremism that threatens to tear our country apart.”  The page header includes a photo of an angry looking Sarah Palin.)

Here is their expenditure info as well as the list of recent (2010) donors from (with the two entities with Nevada ties in bold text):

Rank Contributor Total
1 Service Employees Intl Union Local 1199 $235,125
2 Sheet Metal Workers Union $80,000
3 Zuffa LLC $75,000
3 Newmont Mining $75,000
5 National Education Assn $40,000
6 Harrah’s Operating Co $37,500
7 Ironworkers Union $25,000
7 Teamsters Union $25,000
9 Carpenters & Joiners Union/New England $10,000
9 IBEW Local 103 $10,000
11 Eastern Massachusetts Bricklayer People’ $5,000
12 Elevator Constructors Local 4 $1,000
13 Communications Workers Of America $0

We all know who Harrah’s is.

Newmont is one of the world’s largest gold producers with active mines all over the world including here in Nevada.  They are the only gold company listed on the S&P 500. Here’s the Nevada info page on their corporate website as well as their management team.

(History:  Newmont discovered gold in Carlin, Nevada — just west of Elko — in 1962 and opened its first mill in 1965 under the name Carlin Gold Mining Company.  In 1986 they went public as Newmont with the sale of five million shares for $47.5M.  The “Carlin Trend” was the largest 20th century gold strike in North America.)