Washington, DC - The Democratic National Committee today announced a significant web ad buy highlighting John McCain's history of stacking the deck in favor of his favorite lobbyists. The new ads will begin appearing today on political, religious and conservative news sites like the Drudge Report, Beliefnet, the American Prospect and MyDD.
The ads feature images of McCain in a casino and say "Betting on John McCain? Casino Lobbyists Are. See How John McCain Stacked the Deck." The ads direct readers to a new video called "Betting on McCain" that details his history of rewarding favored lobbyists who bet on McCain. To see the video, click here: http://www.democrats.org/bettingonmccain
The ad and the video come on the heels of new reports outlining McCain's pattern of using his position as the chairman of a key Senate committee to tip the scales in favor of lobbyists with connections to friends, family and his past campaigns. In return, those lobbyists organized trips to the casinos McCain was responsible for overseeing, steered hundreds of thousands of dollars to his campaign, and at least 40 of them went to work to help put him in the White House.
For images of DNC's new web ads, click here: http://www.democrats.org/page/-/pdf/mccain_gambling.pdf .
The following is a script of "Betting on McCain."
DNC Web Video:
"Betting on McCain"
MCCAIN: "Well, I am a betting man." [NBC Nightly News, 9/25/08]
CHYRON: Betting on McCain? Casino Lobbyists Are
IMAGE: "For McCain and Team, a Host of Ties to Gambling Industry" [New York Times, 9/28/08]
CHYRON: John McCain Stacked The Deck For His Favorite Lobbyists
PHOTO AND CHRYON: Scott Reed, Former Aide & Lobbyist
PHOTO AND CHRYON: Wes Gullett, Lobbyist & Family Friend
CHYRON: And They Returned The Favor ...
CHYRON: $400,000 Casino Campaign Fundraisers / PHOTO: Casino [New York Times, 9/28/08]
CHYRON: Gambling With Casino Lobbyists At 2:30AM / PHOTO: McCain Gambling [New York Times, 9/28/08]
CHYRON: Fundraisers with Famous Vegas Tycoons / PHOTO: Sheldon Adelson [Las Vegas Review-Journal, 3/29/08]
CHYRON: 40 Gambling Lobbyists on the Campaign [New York Times, 9/28/08]
CLOSING CHYRON: JOHN MCCAIN: Special Interest Driven Politics
CLOSING CHYRON: JOHN MCCAIN: More of the Same Broken Politics