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DNC attacks Romney, defends Obama travel to swing states

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By: Ryan Nobles – bio | email

In terms of political ad buys it wasn’t earth shattering. In a race that could end up spending more than $1 billion, $14,000 isn’t very much. But what the DNC chose to do with this ad buy speaks volumes. Of all the many candidates for president they could’ve picked, they chose to dust-up former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney

The DNC was on the attack today, but they were also forced to play a little defense. The Wall Street Journal released an analysis today that showed that President Obama has spent far more time in swing states than his predecessors up until this point in their presidencies. It is something that plays into the Republican National Committee’s narrative of Obama as the “campaigner in chief”.

While pundits are weighing in on what that all means, I look at the impact here in Virginia.

Here is my report from NBC12:

WASHINGTON, DC (WWBT)-  We are just 36 days away before the first voters go to the polls in the race for the republican nomination.

Monday, the Democratic National Committee put one of the candidates in their sites with a hard-hitting ad that aired in the Commonwealth.  Meanwhile, republicans are giving the president a hard time about his travel to swing states like Virginia.

There are several candidates vying for the republican nomination, but democrats seem only worried about one of them.

In a small, $14 thousand buy in targeted swing state markets like Virginia, democrats went after former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. A development his Virginia campaign chair Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling welcomed.

“I hope they keep running these attack ads against Governor Romney,” said Bolling.  “It shows a clear contrast.”

Democrats have played special attention to those swing states that could make or break 2012.

“The battleground states are the battleground states,” said DNC spokesman Brad Woodhouse.

………….read and see the rest of the story on NBC12.com.

It was clear that with this small buy the DNC was hoping for major earned media hits, which they are certainly getting.  Speaking of the ad, it’s posted below:


Written by Ryan Nobles

November 29, 2011 at 12:13 am

“Buying A Voice”: Americans United for Change targets Cantor

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A recent Supreme Court decision has opened the floodgates for political advertising from third party groups.  It’s now much easier for groups to fill the airwaves with issue ads, designed to convey a message that sells a point of view.  We believe you deserve to know who is behind those ads, and in our “Buying A Voice” segment we plan to do just that.

This week we take  a look at who is behind a television ad that makes some pretty critical claims about congressman Eric Cantor‘s work in Washington.

The group is called “American’s United for Change“. They put out a particularly ominous ad targeting Congressman Cantor and the summer debate over the deadline to raise the debt ceiling.

The ad accuses Congressman Cantor of threatening senior citizens and military families by preventing the debt ceiling from being raised. It shows people getting out of limos and corporate jets and accuses Cantor of caring more about the wealthy. It ends with asking people to “Thank Eric Cantor” if your check doesn’t arrive.

So who are the American’s United for Change (AUC)? First off the group is a 501 c 4. That means they are officially “non-partisan”  and don’t have to publicly reveal their donor list.  So we had to do some digging.

We learned that AUC is heavily connected to democratic interests.  Interests that are not very supportive of Congressman Cantor.  The liberal MoveOn.org gave the organization $300 thousand  and the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, a union group that generally supports democrats gave $50 thousand.

But the cash is one thing, AUC also has human capital that appears to be traded regularly with strictly democratic causes. Their current executive director is Tom McMahon used to work for the Democratic National Committee. Their former president, Brad Woodhouse now works for the DNC as their communications director.

So its clear, that while Americans United for Change is concerned about things like health care and social security. Their donor base is filled political  interests that would like to see Congressman Cantor removed from office.

You can see our report on NBC12.com.  

Here is where we got our information:

FactCheck.org explains Americans United for Change’s 501-c4 status.

OpenSecrets.org lists Move.org’s list of donors.

OpenSecrets.org lists the National Air Traffic Controller’s Association’s top donations.

Politico reports on McMahon and Woodhouse swapping jobs.

Written by Ryan Nobles

November 9, 2011 at 7:07 pm

Kaine continues to send mixed signals about senate run

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By: Ryan Nobles – bio | email

It was is becoming a drawn out process, former Virginia Governor Tim Kaine admitted to his law school undergrad leadership studies class at the University of Richmond that he is “increasingly likely” to run for the Senate.  What Kaine didn’t say was that he was in for sure.

His offhanded comment turned into an internet firestorm with reputable sources reporting the DNC Chairman was in the race to replace outgoing Senator Jim Webb.  However, Kaine sent his DNC communications team to work to play down his remarks to the class and continue to leave a fog over what the leading democrat for the job really wants to do.

In a statement, Brad Woodhouse admitted that Kaine is leaning toward a run, but made it clear is not ready to commit completely.

“No final decision will be made or announced until the governor has had a final round of consultations with folks about how he can best serve the President, the people and the causes he cares about,” Woodhouse wrote.

Presumably that is what Kaine has been doing for the last month since Webb announced he would not seek re-election. Webb’s  announcement came at the behest of party insiders that were concerned that they would not have the time to prepare for what is bound to be a serious Republican challenge. (Former Sen. George Allen is already in as is Tea Party leader Jamie Radtke. Several other Republicans continue to mull campaigns)

But while Webb made his intentions known several months before he had planned to, Virginia Democrats have not been able to take advantage of the opportunity, in part because the field is waiting for Kaine to make up his mind.

Over the last several weeks Kaine has talked to President Obama about a potential run, huddled with former staffers at the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner and went away on vacation with his family to clear his head with the goal of making a final decision. All of that consultation is apparently not enough, because Kaine still seems hesitant to make the plunge.

No one seems to really know what is in Kaine’s head except for Kaine himself. It looks now like we won’t know his intentions until at least the end of the month.

The complete statement from Brad Woodhouse can be found below:


“In response to a student’s question, Governor Kaine told his law school class today what is already widely known which is that he is increasingly likely to run.  However, no final decision will be made or announced until the governor has had a final round of consultations with folks about how he can best serve the President, the people and the causes he cares about; he is assured that the Democratic Party will be in good hands should he choose to make the race and leave the DNC; he has the support that would be necessary to mount a successful campaign and he completes commitments for travel and fundraising he has made to the Party and the President through at least the end of the month.”

– Brad Woodhouse DNC Communications Director

UPDATE: The University of Richmond’s excellent College Newspaper, the Collegian is challenging the DNC claim. According to the paper, which spoke to students in the classroom, Kaine told them he was going to “give it a shot”.  They report  that the students in the class said Kaine didn’t qualify his intentions with “very likely’, but said that he was in for sure and will formally announce in a week or so.

Written by Ryan Nobles

March 14, 2011 at 3:18 pm