Tag: Political Advertising

Political Ad Attacking AOC: ‘Beyond the Pale’

To the Editor: Re “Elizabeth Heng Ad, Targeting Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Draws a Backlash” (nytimes.com, Sept. 13): The burning of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s face as prelude to equating the Democratic Party with the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge is so far beyond the pale of what is acceptable to anyone, regardless of their political affiliation. I am […]

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Ad Targeting Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Draws a Backlash

The advertisement began with a photo of Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez bursting into flames, followed by a black-and-white image of skulls lined up on the ground. A Republican political action committee paid for the provocative advertisement, which aired during the Democratic primary debate on Thursday night. The televised commercial came weeks after the shooting in El […]

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How Kirsten Gillibrand’s Presidential Dreams Unraveled

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was in a bind. With less than three weeks until the deadline to get into the fall presidential debates — which she deemed crucial to keeping her campaign alive — she was on track to fall well short. She had neither the 130,000 donors she needed nor the necessary support in the […]

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Facebook Tightens Rules on Verifying Political Advertisers

Facebook on Wednesday said it was strengthening how it verifies which groups and people place political advertising on its site, as the social network braces for the 2020 presidential election in the United States and works to reduce the spread of online disinformation. The moves build on rules that Facebook introduced last year, in which […]

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Why This Joe Biden Ad Stands Out

Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s presidential campaign on Tuesday made an extraordinarily emotional appeal for his candidacy and his health care proposal through a new ad that highlights his struggles with grief and family loss. In the 60-second television spot, called “Personal,” which is airing in Iowa, Mr. Biden relays the stories of his family tragedies […]

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A Tom Steyer Debate Spot Is in Limbo. His Money Is Poised to Upend 2020 Anyway.

DES MOINES — As Tom Steyer, the 62-year-old billionaire former hedge funder and impeachment impresario, made his first trip to Iowa as a 2020 candidate this month, he embarked on the usual political circuit. He delivered a soapbox speech at the state fair (“We have to break the corporate stranglehold on our democracy,” he said), […]

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Tucker Carlson’s Fox News Show Loses More Advertisers

In keeping with a monthslong trend, the exodus of advertisers from Tucker Carlson’s prime-time Fox News program continued this month. Over the last year, dozens of advertisers, including Pacific Life, Farmers Insurance and SodaStream, have distanced themselves from Mr. Carlson, the host who caused an uproar with his recent on-air comments on white supremacy days […]

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How Flat Earthers Nearly Derailed a Space Photo Book

A highly engaged group of conspiracy theorists can override a fact-based endeavor’s internet ads. This was a lesson that Benedict Redgrove, a photographer, said he took away from his recent attempt to advertise his space photo project on Facebook and Instagram. Another lesson was that flat earthers and lunar landing deniers can be difficult to […]

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As Debate Deadline Nears, Democratic Candidates Scramble to Make the Cut

With the deadline to qualify for the next Democratic presidential debates looming just two weeks away, candidates on the bubble are mounting some of their final offensives, urgently seeking supporters who can help them make the cut. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York has poured more than $1 million into advertising in Iowa and New […]

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Trump Fuels Racial Disharmony. Will It Motivate or Discourage Black Voters?

DETROIT — Mark Greer is a black Detroiter so outraged by President Trump’s regular stream of invective toward people of color that he does his best to avoid exposure to him. So when he clicked on a YouTube link last month to watch an episode of “The Breakfast Club,” a morning radio show popular with […]

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‘Moscow Mitch’ Tag Enrages McConnell and Squeezes G.O.P. on Election Security

WASHINGTON — Senator Mitch McConnell is usually impervious to criticism, even celebrating the nasty nicknames that have been bestowed on him by critics. But Mr. McConnell, the Senate majority leader, is incensed with his new moniker, “Moscow Mitch,” and even more miffed that he has been called a “Russian asset” by critics who accuse him […]

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Tulsi Gabbard, Democratic Presidential Candidate, Sues Google for $50 Million

Representative Tulsi Gabbard, the long-shot presidential candidate from Hawaii, said in a federal lawsuit that Google infringed on her free speech when it briefly suspended her campaign’s advertising account after the first Democratic debate in June. The lawsuit, filed on Thursday in a federal court in Los Angeles, is believed to be the first time […]

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Ad Tool Facebook Built to Fight Disinformation Doesn’t Work as Advertised

Faced with a rising backlash over the spread of disinformation in the aftermath of the 2016 elections, Facebook last year came up with a seemingly straightforward solution: It created an online library of all the advertisements on the social network. Transparency, it decided, was the best disinfectant. Ads would stay in the library for seven […]

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Tom Steyer May Decide the 2020 Democratic Field Needs a Billionaire After All

Tom Steyer, the California billionaire who toyed with the idea of a Democratic presidential campaign before announcing in January that he would not run, has changed his mind and intends to enter the 2020 contest on Tuesday, according to multiple people who have been told of his plans. Word of a possible Steyer candidacy — […]

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I Used Google Ads for Social Engineering. It Worked.

Kevin Hines had one thought as he plummeted toward the Pacific Ocean: I can change anything in my life except the fact that I just jumped from the Golden Gate Bridge. “One sentence could have stopped me,” Kevin wrote. “Had any one of the hundreds of passers-by engaged with me, it would … potentially have […]

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Why ‘Raising a Black Son’ Is a de Blasio Campaign Theme

The first frame in the now-famous 33-second ad is taken up almost entirely by Dante de Blasio’s giant Afro. He was only 15 then, an unlikely star of his father’s equally unlikely victory in the 2013 mayor’s race in New York City. Through Dante, his father, Bill de Blasio, was able to highlight his biracial […]

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New Election Security Bills Face a One-Man Roadblock: Mitch McConnell

WASHINGTON — A raft of legislation intended to better secure United States election systems after what the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, called a “sweeping and systematic” Russian attack in 2016 is running into a one-man roadblock in the form of the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. The bills include a Democratic […]

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New Democratic Debate Rules Will Distort Priorities, Some Campaigns Say

The Democratic Party’s new directive that candidates must have at least 130,000 donors to qualify for the third primary debate in September arrived virtually without warning on Wednesday morning, and immediately sent shock waves through presidential campaigns worried that it would distort their priorities and affect the way they operate. Two-thirds of the sprawling field […]

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