Barack Obama Is Your New Bicycle Dot Com

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David Esrati Will Not Stay Quiet

Running for office in Ohio’s 3rd Congressional Distict, ad agency owner David Esrati is trying to get the word out about his campaign. He’s running against the Republican incumbent Mike Turner, who used to be the mayor of Dayton. And that’s what makes the spot below so interesting: When Mike Turner was Mayor, he had […]

Finding The Right Hook For A Political Ad

Steve Novick is a candidate for the U.S. Senate in Oregon. He was also born without a left arm. That doesn’t seem to stop him much: Nice.

Union Airs WAPO’s Dirty Laundry

According to The New York Times, The Communications Workers of America union is seeking to restart stalled contract talks with The Washington Post. The union represents 400 manufacturing workers at the Post. The union is running a radio, print and outdoor campaign that seeks to embarrass the paper’s management and bring them to the bargaining […]

We Can Do Better Than Coal

According to The Washington Post, the coal industry is fighting for Mr. Peabody, even though his coal train long ago hauled it away. In Kansas, where a state agency rejected a permit for two proposed coal plants, opinion polls show that roughly two out of three people opposed the plants. That sentiment, plus soaring construction […]

What Does A Comedy Writer Say When He Runs For Senate?

Well, Al Franken has to tell people he’s serious. Literally. Will Minnesotans buy it? Maybe. They elected Jesse “The Body” Ventura, didn’t they?

User Generated Content At Center of Political Appeals

Politics is a word-of-mouth business. Families discuss it over dinner. Colleagues over lunch. And increasingly, we turn to political communities on the interwebs for more “discussion.” Communities like Huck’s Army, a site run by 19-year old twin brothers. According to Wired, Huck’s Army could turn out to be crucial for Gov. Huckabee’s campaign as it […]

Presidential Politics Is Just Marketing With Tackier Buttons

Thought I’d give loyal AdPulp readers a preview of an upcoming TalentZoo column while it’s all fresh in my mind. Lord knows, this could all change in a week. In a Presidential campaign, politics is theater. It’s entertainment. And above all else, it’s marketing. Can the ad industry learn anything by watching this $1 billion […]