Democratic Courage PAC
"Blowin' in the Wind" run
on IA cable starting Dec. 7, 2007; announced
Dec. 4, 2007.
Announcer: Hillary has some good ideas, like giving every American
an equal shot at success.
Clinton: I like the idea of giving every baby born in America a $5,000 account that will grow over time... (clip from Sept. 28, 2007 speech to the CBC Foundation)
Announcer: But then the Republicans attacked.
Guiliani: Tell me this isn't a socialist idea.
Announcer: And Hillary backed down.
Giuliani: Remember the Hillary Bond program. I challenged her on it. She backed off that.
[wind blows cut-down]
Announcer: We need a candidate who can stand up to the Republicans.
Democratic Courage PAC is responsible for the content of this advertising.
|Notes: The Wall Street Journal (Dec.
19) reported that this ad had a two-week run on cable TV and the buy was
just $2,500. The ad is built around a cardboard cut-out of Sen. Clinton
propped up against a fence. Wind blows the cut-out down.
The Obama campaign issued a statement. "These types of ads have
no place in the race for the Democratic nomination. As Obama's record
shows, he believes all campaign activity should be above-board and accounted
for," said Obama campaign spokesman Tommy Vietor.
From the Democratic
Courage PAC website
Democratic Courage is dedicated to electing a progressive, courageous, and winning Democratic presidential candidate. It is made up of leaders and activists in the progressive movement. We believe that political courage is the key to political victory. Americans want a president who will stand strong for his or her beliefs - and not back down in the face of lobbyist pressure or Republican attacks.
Like many Democrats, we believe that Hillary Clinton has repeatedly given in too easily to pressure - and too often decides her policies not on the basis of what's right, but on the basis of what polls and focus groups tell her. As history shows, that's a dangerous road for Democrats and for the country. We believe there are other candidates who would be stronger leaders and have a much better chance of winning in 2008.
We're planning on running hard-hitting, creative ads in
key primary states highlighting why Senator Clinton should not be the first
choice of voters who want to end the war in Iraq, fight global warming,
win universal health care - or beat the Republicans. As an independent
PAC, we can run the kinds of hard-hitting but cost-effective ads that have
turned countless elections. Unlike the corporate and special interest PACs
that usually dominate political advertising, Democratic Courage PAC is
a grassroots, citizen-based organization fighting for a more progressive
On the Democratic Courage PAC website you can also find out more about the principal figures involved in the effort:
President: Glenn Hurowitz - author of the new book Fear and Courage in the Democratic Party. Previously served as deputy national field director for the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG). Associate Director for WILD PAC. South Florida Lead Organizer for MoveOn PAC in the 2004 presidential election. In 2002, Hurowitz did a fellowship with Green Corps, the field school for environmental organizing. Degree in political science from Yale University.
Vice Chair: Liz Butler