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  • Robert Sterling
    Please send as far and wide as possible. Thanks, Robert Sterling Editor, The Konformist http://www.konformist.com Ayers & Obama Whatever one thinks about Bill
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      Please send as far and wide as possible.

      Thanks,
      Robert Sterling
      Editor, The Konformist
      http://www.konformist.com

      Ayers & Obama

      Whatever one thinks about Bill Ayers and the Weather Underground,
      this is an ad that is gonna stick. And this is just the beginning
      of the Ayers-Obama attacks, as here's a picture that soon will be
      all over the news channels:

      http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ah63153bXx0/SLgxXnba1VI/AAAAAAAAAZ4/reYXS7g
      NESk/s1600-h/ayers2001.jpg

      The photo is from the August 2001 issue of Chicago Magazine. The
      caption below the picture reads:

      "Bill Ayers, August 2001, former Weatherman, stomps on U.S. flag."

      In case you forgot, something happened the following month...

      The title of the article featuring these photos, incidentally?

      "No Regrets"

      No more cute photos of Obama with Paris & Britney. Preseason is
      officially over...

      ***

      http://tpmelectioncentral.talkingpointsmemo.com/2008/08/group_plunks_
      down_nearly_3_mil.php

      Swift-Boat Group Sinks Nearly $3 Million Into Ad Tying Obama To Ayers
      By Greg Sargent - August 25, 2008

      The other day, the independent Swift-Boating outfit American Issues
      Project vowed to plunk down a cool $2.8 million on a slimy and
      vicious ad tying Obama to former Weatherman Bill Ayers.

      Such vows often can be mere bluster designed to get free media and
      gin up contributions. Not this time, however.

      The FEC report from the group is in, and it confirms that the group
      did in fact plunk down the nearly $3 million to air the ad.

      That's a sizable buy. Meanwhile, Evan Tracey, who tracks national ad
      campaigns for the Campaign Media Analysis Group, confirms to me that
      the spot is running in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

      This ad, in short, matters. The Obama campaign apparently realizes
      this too: They have a response ad up in Ohio that hasn't been
      released yet.

      In other words, the spot tying Obama to Ayers is the real deal --
      the first wave of the Swift-Boating that has yet to materialize in
      earnest.

      ***

      "Know Enough?"

      Full Text of Obama-Ayers Ad

      "Beyond the speeches, how much do you know about Barack Obama? What
      does he really believe? Consider this: United 93 never hit the
      Capitol on 9/11.

      But the Capitol was bombed thirty years before - By an American
      terrorist group called Weather Underground that declared 'war' on
      the U.S. - Targeting the Capitol, the Pentagon, police stations and
      more.

      One of the group's leaders, William Ayers, admits to the bombings,
      proudly saying later: 'We didn't do enough.' Some members of the
      group Ayers founded even went on to kill police.

      But Barack Obama is friends with Ayers, defending him as,
      quote, 'Respectable' and 'Mainstream.' Obama's political career was
      launched in Ayers' home.

      And the two served together on a left-wing board.

      Why would Barack Obama be friends with someone who bombed the
      Capitol... and is proud of it? Do you know enough to elect Barack
      Obama? American Issues Project is responsible for the content of
      this ad."

      ***

      http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5iByl1FPfB0D81BuAyW0Vp_9pIyRgD92PI9
      JG0

      Obama spot responds to ad tying him to 60s radical
      By JIM KUHNHENN
      8-25-8

      DENVER (AP) — Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama has
      quietly begun airing a television commercial countering an outside
      group that is spending $2.8 million in an attempt to highlight his
      relationship with a former 1960s radical.

      The 30-second TV spot is a response to an ad by the conservative
      American Issues Project, a nonprofit group that questions Obama's
      ties to William Ayers, a founder of the Weather Underground
      organization that took credit for a series of bombings, including
      nonfatal explosions at the Pentagon and U.S. Capitol four decades
      ago.

      "With all our problems, why is John McCain talking about the 60s,
      trying to link Barack Obama to radical Bill Ayers," the Obama ad
      states. "McCain knows Obama denounced Ayers' crimes, committed when
      Obama was just 8 years old."

      Though McCain is not airing the anti-Obama ad, the group that
      produced and paid for it is financed by a McCain fundraiser and one
      of its board members is a former consultant to McCain's presidential
      campaign.

      Harold Simmons contributed nearly $2.9 million to the American
      Issues Project to air the ad. He was a major contributor four years
      ago to Swift Boat Veterans for Truth. Simmons, CEO of Dallas-based
      Contran Corp., has also raised $50,000-$100,000 for McCain's
      presidential campaign.

      By Monday afternoon, the American Issues Project ad has already
      aired about 150 times in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia and Michigan,
      according to Evan Tracey, head of TNS Media Intelligence/Campaign
      Media Analysis Group, an ad tracking firm.

      An Obama response was known to be running in the Youngstown, Ohio,
      market, Tracey said. The Obama campaign did not announce the release
      of the ad, even though it publicly disclosed another anti-McCAin ad
      released Monday.

      Ayers is now a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
      He and Obama live in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood and served
      together on the board of the Woods Fund, a Chicago-based charity
      that develops community groups to help the poor. Obama left the
      board in December 2002.

      Obama also was the first chairman of the Chicago Annenberg
      Challenge, a school reform group of which Ayers was a founder. Ayers
      also held a meet-the-candidate event at his home for Obama when
      Obama first ran for office in the mid-1990s.

      Obama has denounced Ayers' past activities.

      The ad is being aired as Republicans push for more complete
      disclosure of the links between Obama and Ayers.

      On Tuesday, the University of Illinois at Chicago will make
      available records of Obama's service on the board of the Chicago
      Annenberg Challenge. The group was set up to improve the city's
      schools.

      "This response ad is more smoke and mirrors from a candidate
      desperate to obscure his long-standing relationship with admitted
      domestic terrorist William Ayers," said Ed Martin, American Issues
      Project's president. "Senator Obama is pretending to barely know the
      man who hosted the launch of his political career and with whom he
      has worked for years to advance a liberal agenda."

      The McCain campaign cannot coordinate efforts with outside groups.
      But the campaign took advantage of being the target of the ad to
      respond.

      "The fact that Barack Obama chose to launch his political career at
      the home of an unrepentant terrorist raises more questions about
      Senator Obama's judgment than any TV ad ever could," said McCain
      spokesman Brian Rogers.

      ***

      http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalradar/2008/08/strangely-timed.html

      Strangely Timed Obama Response Ad on William Ayers
      August 25, 2008

      ABC News' Tahman Bradley Reports: As Michelle Obama prepares for a
      primetime speech that will talk about her and Barack Obama's
      American values, the Obama campaign is using a new television ad to
      take on the issue of Obama's association with a 1970s radical who
      bombed the Capitol and Pentagon.

      The release of the ad, first reported on Time.com's "The Page",
      could have the unintended consequence of reminding voters that Obama
      has in the past been friendly with William Ayers, a Chicago law
      professor who to this day remains unrepentant about his work with
      the violent Weather Underground group in the 1960s and 70s.

      Obama has denounced Ayers' actions with the radical group, but has
      also referred to Ayers as "mainstream" and "respectable," a point
      that conservatives continue to pound the soon-to-be Democratic
      nominee about.

      A 501(c) 4 group, acting independent of Republican John McCain's
      presidential campaign, last week, hammered Obama for his
      relationship with Ayers with a provocative television spot in Ohio
      and Michigan.

      "Why would Barack Obama be friends with someone who bombed the
      Capitol and is proud of it? Do you know enough to elect Barack
      Obama," the spot by American Issues Project says.

      Some news organization, including Fox News Channel, refused to air
      the ad which uses images of 9/11. The Obama campaign says it has
      been reaching out to advertisers and sponsors to put pressure on
      stations to reject the ad, which it calls "despicable" and "false."

      Rather than firing back at the outside group, the Obama campaign
      uses its new TV ad to accuse Sen. McCain of raising the Ayers issue
      in the presidential campaign.

      "With all our problems, why is John McCain talking about the
      sixties, trying to link Barack Obama to radical Bill Ayers?," an
      announcer says.

      The spot is incorrect in insinuating that John McCain himself has
      brought up Ayers -- it is in fact McCain's campaign that has sought
      to use the Ayers association against Obama, and McCain spokesman
      Brian Rogers did so again upon learning about the ad.

      "The fact that Barack Obama chose to launch his political career at
      the home of an unrepentant terrorist raises more questions about
      Senator Obama's judgment than any TV ad ever could," Rogers said in
      a statement.

      To the Obama campaign's point, a former McCain aide, Ed Failor Jr.
      is a key backer of American Issues Project, although he no longer
      has official ties with the campaign.

      The group's sole $2.87 million funder, Texas billionaire Harold
      Simmons, has bundled between $50,000 and $100,000 for McCain.
      Simmons, along with another organizer for American Issues Project,
      Christian Pinkston, were both involved with the 2004 Swift Boats
      Veterans for Truth group that assailed Sen. John Kerry's war record.

      The Obama campaign's attorney Bob Bauer sent a letter to the Justice
      Department arguing that American Issues Project is engaging is
      evading federal election law.

      501(c) 4 groups are prohibited by law from coordinating with
      political campaigns to attack a candidate. The McCain campaign
      denies it has coordinated with the group.

      Even with American Issues Project's possible ties to McCain, one key
      issue still remain. Why would the Obama campaign even want to bring
      up Ayers as the Democratic National Convention gets underway tonight
      in Denver?
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