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Friday, 23 March 2007

Attack ads move onto YouTube?

Wired carries an interesting feature on the impact of the enormously successful Vote Different anti-Hillary ad.

Although the ad was the work of an individual, who was initially anonymous, the style could have malicious implications. A similar disinformation campaign to the infamous one organised by Republicans against John Kerry is the fear.
"My concern is not with the average citizen who chooses to publish a blog and share his or her viewpoints on the internet, but with large corporations and unions who seek to unfairly influence campaigns by spending huge amounts of money under the guise of being a blog," said Carol Darr, a former campaign finance lawyer, in testimony submitted to the FEC last year.

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