Earlier this week the National Rifle Association (NRA) announced that they will run a $15M smear campaign targeting Senator Obama. Read article here https://letustalk.wordpress.com/2008/07/01/on-your-mark-nra-plans-15m-fall-campaign-targeting-obama/ .
Surprise, surprise! Today the Republican National Committee (RNC) revealed that it has created an independent $3M spending campaign that will target Senator Obama. They will run their first TV ads in crucial battleground states starting this 4th of July weekend. Brad Todd, a consultant to the RNC’s independent expenditure unit said in a statement, “The RNC will first advertise this weekend in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, highlighting the issue of energy security, which is emerging as a defining difference in the race for president.”
It is legal for parties to set up an independent spending campaign as long as it operates independently and does not coordinate on content or strategy with the party.
This is the exact reason Senator Obama opted out of public financing – he knew these ads were inevitable; he knew they were coming.
I believed then when Obama made the decision and believe even more so now that by not accepting public financing Obama made a brilliant strategic decision. This is a competition he has to use all the advantages he has and disarm the republicans as much as he can at the same time.
And so it begins. On this most patriotic of weekends – a time of family and togetherness – the RNC will begin running their ads filled with fear mongering and old-school hate mongering.