Democratic Courage PAC
"Santa Obama's Christmas
Spectacular" run on IA cable over the Christmas holiday; announced
Dec. 21, 2007.
"We Wish You a Merry Christmas" on piano]
Claus (voiceover): Ho-ho-ho.
Santa Obama has some presents for Iowans from his hedge fund donors.
Obama voted for Bush's energy bill, sending billions to the oil companies.
Then he voted with Bush to let credit card companies increase interest rates over 30 percent.
He even backed Bush's plan to expand NAFTA to South America, sending Iowa jobs overseas.
And his health care plan leaves millions out in the cold.
Male Announcer: Democratic Courage PAC is responsible for the content of this advertising.
|Notes: This low-budget ad from Democratic
Courage features a Santa Claus figure putting lumps of coal in stockings
of Iowans. If it follows the pattern this will be a tiny buy on cable
and rely on a free media boost. From the press release:
"Our campaign about Hillary helped open the floodgates to a critique of her repeated capitulations to big business and waffling ways," Hurowitz said. "With Hillary sinking, we want to make sure Iowans know how Barack Obama repeatedly sacrifices families' well-being on the altar of creating a polite tone inside the Beltway. Is having senators make nicey-nice really worth exacerbating the climate crisis or putting people out of work?"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