from PHforAmerica.com via PRNewswire-USNewswire
October 6, 2008
More Smears From the Obama Campaign
Obama campaign continues to unbelievably insist to the press and the
public that 527 group "PHforAmerica.com" TV ad airing last week and
this week is not really airing; Obama campaign continues to insist that
ad showing Obama mocking and ridiculing the bible is not really airing
on TV, but is a "scam" to steal money from financial contributors.
Press and public are invited to confirm that ad is indeed running this
week and ran last week by contacting Dyanna Patsko of NCC Cleveland at
(216) 901-9295 to confirm that ad will be aired 48 times this week on
CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, food network, Oxygyn in Erie, PA; and Luanne Russell
of WTAE at (412) 244-4444 in Pittsburgh, where the two-minute version
of the ad will air daily on Oprah; and just in case the Obama campaign
really believes the ad is not airing, a television set has been
purchased for the Obama Campaign as a gift from PHforAmerica.com to be
picked up or sent to the Obama campaign anytime. This way the Obama
Campaign can see for themselves that the ad is indeed airing in
Pittsburgh and Erie, Pennsylvania.
The real question is this: why would the Obama campaign be so petrified
that the American people view this ad, and why it would garner 4
million hits on youtube.com in 3 months, far more than any other 527 ad
WASHINGTON, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following was
released by PHforAmerica.com :
Despite the Obama campaign's clams to the contrary, "The Real Barack
Obama" -- a TV ad showing Barack Obama in his own words mocking and
ridiculing passages from the Bible, did indeed air last week in Erie
and Pittsburgh, PA, and will continue airing regularly throughout this
week. The ad, which had also garnered 4 million hits on YouTube during
the 3 month period before it was put on television, is continuing to be
attacked by the Obama campaign as a "scam" that is not really an ad,
despite the ad making its TV debut last week in Erie and Pittsburgh,
PA, and continuing to air this week.
There was some confusion last week regarding our press release and the
airing of this ad, which did not originally air as scheduled. After the
ad began airing last week, it was shortly pulled out of Michigan after
airing briefly on the show "Ellen" in Lansing, since the McCain
campaign pulled out of Michigan. The ad was also rejected at the last
moment (after previously being approved) in Altoona/Johnstown because
Comcast disapproved of our appeal for financial contributions at the
end of the ad.
However, the ad did indeed air in Erie (despite the Obama campaign's
claim that it did not) and in Pittsburgh, and will continue airing
regularly in both cities every day this week. We hope to air the ad
other states as well as Pennsylvania next week.
Last week the Obama campaign (in their "Fight the Smears" website) made
the scurrilous claim that the ad was a scam and not really TV ad, and
that we were cheating contributors out of their money. Later in the
week, they compounded their Goebbels-style lies in claiming that our ad
was a "low quality video that real 527s wouldn't use," and that we are
"taking people's money," implying we are stealing money from
Goebbels-style lie #1: We are not a "real 527 group." Public records
filed with the IRS can expose this lie.
Goebbels-style lie #2: We are taking people's money, and are scam
artists. In fact, every dollar has gone to pay for the media buys and
minimal production costs. And the Obama campaign's claim that we don't
have the proper disclaimer at the end of the ad saying who is paying to
the ad is also a lie. Anyone viewing our ads at http://www.phforamerica.com
can see that for themselves.
Goebbels-style lie #3: Our TV ads are not really TV ads. Over 4 million
viewers have seen our ad on YouTube.com, and many of those viewers have
given us small contributions ranging from $25 to $250. Despite today's
economic hard times, these contributors felt strongly enough to part
with money they probably needed to help air our ads. Unlike other 527
groups who are funded by millionaires, ours has been funded by
grass-roots blue-collar voters offended by the side of Barack Obama
they see in our ad. We hope that as more folks see the ad, that we will
eventually get help from more affluent contributors.
The Obama campaign also ridicules the ad as "unprofessional" and
"poorly produced." If so, why are they so petrified of the public
seeing it? Here's why:
As we mentioned in our last press release, this ad shows a side of
Barack Obama (in his own words) that most Americans are not yet
familiar with; an arrogant side that shows contempt for regular
Americans and people of faith by arrogantly mocking and ridiculing the
Bible. Obama in this ad mocks and ridicules the books of Leviticus and
Deuteronomy, even laughing at The Sermon on the Mount. He follows up
his remarks with this pearl of wisdom: "Folks haven't been reading
their Bibles;" condescendingly implying the American people don't
understand the Bible as wisely as he (Obama) does. The ad points out
that it is Barack Obama, not the American public, who doesn't
understand the Bible.
This 2006 speech by Senator Obama also reinforces Obama's contempt for
Americans of faith, considering his remarks in April that small-town
Americans are bitter and "cling to their guns and religion." It also
will make voters re-think the Jeremiah Wright debacle, where thus far
voters have given Obama a pass. This new ad showing Barack Obama, and
not Jeremiah Wight, mocking and ridiculing the Bible, may help explain
why Obama would belong to such a radical church.
Most negative ads put out thus far against Obama by the McCain campaign
and other 527 groups have been tepid and weak; and too often
ideological. Our ad, on the other hand will appeal to voters of ALL
political persuasions who go to church or synagogue and take the Bible
seriously. Subsequent ads we will put out will be just as hard hitting
including footage of Obama laughing as he states that we shouldn't be
concerned about Spanish-speaking folks who come to America having to
learn English; that instead Americans should have to learn to speak
Spanish; as well as Obama being so out-of-the-mainstream that he was
the ONLY member of the Illinois Senate to vote "Nay" to a bill denying
sexual predators early release.
The one and two minute versions of "The Real Barack Obama" (both being
aired on TV today) can also be seen on the web at http://www.phforamerica.com.
Those who would like to make financial contributions to help air the ad
as often as possible can do so by visiting this website.
The website also provides a link to the full text of Obama's speech,
showing that the ad does not take his words out of context.
The 527 group PHforAmerica.com, was created by opposition researcher
Stephen Marks, who also produced some of the most hard-hitting ads of
the 2000 and 2004 campaigns, regarding Al Gore and John Kerry
respectively. Marks is also the author of the book Confessions of a
Political Hitman and has appeared on hundreds of television and radio
programs, including The O'Reilly Factor, Anderson Cooper 360, Hannity
and Colmes, and NPR.
"It's obvious from the Obama campaign's actions and words that they are
petrified of the American people viewing this ad; and will do anything,
and I mean ANYTHING, including the spreading of Goebbels-style lies, to
stop folks from watching this ad and contributing to our 527 group. And
it is ironic indeed that this so-called 'Fight the Smears' website not
fighting smears but creating them," said Marks. "But just in case the
Obama campaign is simply misguided and really believes these are not
real TV ads, PHForAmerica.com has purchased a TV set as gift to the
Obama campaign so they can watch the TV and see the ads airing for
themselves. The Obama campaign can pick up their TV or we can send it
to them any time. We also urge all those Americans who have viewed the
ad on YouTube.com to continue helping us air the ad with contributions,
which can be made on line at http://www.phforamerica.com."
Stephen Marks can be contacted at (703) 731-3539 or at
See below from the Obama campaign's "Fight the Smears" website Fight
the Smears (http://fightthesmears.com/)
Scamming the faithful
Innocent people have been passing around a web video launched by a
political professional and career smear peddler that turns out to be a
cynical and manipulative attack on Barack Obama's reading of the Bible.
The trickster's claims about Barack's faith are every bit as false as
his claims that this amateurish video is really a TV ad.
The Truth About the Video
The video was launched on the scam artist's website, PHforAmerica.com.
He claimed that the ad "will air on TV immediately following the
Democratic National Convention," and he even asks for money to "help
this ad air as often as possible in the key swing states."
But real TV ads are most often produced in short, even lengths --
usually 30 seconds or maybe as long as one minute. This supposed "ad"
runs 2:09 and is so poorly made that it would never air on TV -- and
sure enough, it still hasn't, even now that the Democratic convention
has come and gone.
Far from mocking the Bible or people of faith, Barack's speech actually
celebrates the role of people of faith in public life and At the
beginning of October, the scammer behind this deceptive home video
announced that he finally got his "ad" on TV -- but it turns out it
only aired one time, at 2:00 a.m., on a single station in Pittsburgh.
Nothing has changed here. Barack Obama is still celebrating the role of
faith in public life, the lies and deception in the video are still
insulting and wrong, and the scammer is still untrustworthy. The
amateurish clips on his website still feature the same low-quality
video and audio that real 527s wouldn't use -- and the ads are also
still missing the required legal disclaimer at the end saying who
The scammer's announcement sounds realistic at first, but making scams
seem plausible is what tricksters like him are known for. In the end,
he's even less credible now than he was when he first started taking