Female Politicians Can Run Crass Negative Ads, Too

I confess that I don’t know much about the Massachusetts governor’s race, but here’s a pretty freaky ad for candidate Kerry Healey: Here’s some background about the ad from Salon.com, but if there are any Massachusetts AdPulpers who can shed a little more light on this race, please comment. This political season seems like it’s […]

Tennessee Senate Race Radio Ad Sounds Ugly

So there’s a Senate race in Tennessee pitting the Republican former mayor of Chattanooga, Bob Corker, against Democratic Congressman Harold Ford, Jr. Corker is white. Ford is black. Tennessee is…well, Tennessee. The candidates have political differences. But do they have different musical tastes? Listen to this radio spot. It compares the two candidates. Every time […]

PBR Runs For Minnesota Seat

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Michael J. Fox On Stem Cell Research

We’re definitely seeing the power of the Internet, and in particular YouTube, as it helps candidates spread their message beyond their constituency. This ad is for a Democratic Senate candidate in Missouri, but the issue transcends the Show Me state. Powerful. And very, very sad to see. Share

There’s Nothing Wrong With Being Kinky

I wish I still lived in Texas. I’d vote for Kinky Friedman for Governor in a heartbeat. His campaign, like the man himself, is completely out of the ordinary. For advertising, he’s using Bill Hillsman, the same dude who created commercials for Jesse Ventura and Ralph Nader some years back. See more Kinky video here. […]

Political Ads Get Slicker

From USA Today: The ads are jazzy, edgy, hip — everything you don’t expect in politics. Which is the point for at least two candidates using them this year to portray themselves as likable, with-it guys. The ads for Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Maryland Senate candidate Michael Steele look more like spots for Target […]

Mehlman’s Moneyball

Adam Nagourney, national political correspondent for The New York Times profiles Republican Party Chairman, Ken Mehlman, in today’s Magazine section. It’s a flattering portrayal of a compassionate and intelligent young man. The article makes Mehlman look quite a bit more liberal than many mainstream members of his party. He actively courts African-American and Hispanic voters […]

They Can’t Legislate Very Well And They Sure As Hell Can’t Advertise Effectively

Ad Age says politicians plan to spend waste $1.6 billion on TV advertising in the buildup to 2008. Despite all the media chatter about Howard Dean’s digital legacy and the rise of blogs and websites as the new powers of political marketing, local and national broadcast TV will continue to receive the overwhelming bulk of […]

Current Events Used To Sell Whiskey

Is war fair fodder for advertising? Leo Burnett thinks it is, and so does Diageo, the world’s largest spirits company. According to the International Herald Tribune, the two have teamed to provide a new twist on Johnnie Walker’s “Keep Walking” campaign (originally created by Bartle Bogle Hegarty) for the Lebanese market. courtesy of Flickr user […]

Accomplished? Maybe. Polished? No.

I need not remind anyone how far gone our political process is, but I will offer up further evidence to support the claim, courtesy of Cinemocracy. I never have understood why political candidates don’t see the need for professional advertising. Do they want to be seen as used car salesmen? For whatever reason, budgetary or […]