The Fighting 29th - Ads Campaign Advertisements en Stealth Reed Ads? Update: Here it is: ]]> Ads Analysis Sat, 02 Oct 2010 14:54:29 +0000 Rottenchester 6471 at Reed's Ads Here are Tom Reed's first two TV ads. Both are similar, and similar to Zeller's. The two candidates are just trying to form a positive impression and increase name recognition.

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Zeller Commercial Here's Matt Zeller's first ad for broadcast, via the comments:

It's a good "get acquainted" ad. I've yet to see a Reed ad for broadcast.

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Zeller's Ad and the Reed Campaign's Response

This is Matt Zeller's most recent YouTube post, via the comments on the last post, and it concerns the Masonic Temple in Bath. Tim Kolpien from the Reed Campaign responded in the same comment thread, saying this:

Tom was a partner to raising more than $1 million in PRIVATE capital to restore this historic building and return it to productive use. The matching Restore New York grant has been consistently misrepresented as going to Tom personally. The grant money was applied for by the VILLAGE OF BATH, not Tom Reed. Further, the money has not even been disbursed yet.

Any assertions that Tom received any money are 100% false. This is public money and the records are public. As we have done for the last year, we challenge anyone to show one shred of evidence that this public money was disbursed to Tom. No one can produce any proof whatsoever that these allegations are true.


Often, red herrings are in ALL CAPS when a politician drags them into an argument. As was discussed in detail when this story first broke, it's pretty easy to get a group of "PRIVATE" investors put together some money to renovate a property when the state is matching their investment dollar for dollar. This isn't the same thing as you or me risking our own money without a state match. When the check comes from the state, it won't say "Tom Reed" on it, but at some point this investor group will make a profit, and a check with Tom's name will be cut. That's the fundamental truth of the matter of the Masonic Temple in Bath -- Reed is leveraging a government program for his own profit. It's perfectly legal and pretty common. But the fact that he'd deny the City of Corning the same benefit that he gives himself is a legitimate issue in this campaign.

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Morning News Reader Elmer sends this Corning Leader exclusive interview with Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and Eric Massa.

Massa also met with the Star-Gazette editorial board. Here's the S-G interview.

Finally, the Democratic National Committee has launched a pro-Massa radio ad campaign. Audio and text of the ad after the break:

Audio here


Congressman Eric Massa is fighting for New York. He's taking on the lobbyists and the special interests and standing up for us and our families. And he is working every day to make sure we have affordable quality health care.

Congressman Massa fought to expand health care to millions of children - and now Eric Massa is working for health insurance reform that lowers your costs and protects your choice of doctors and plans.

But it won’t be easy. Health insurance companies have made record profits by doubling premiums and denying people coverage.

And now, they and their lobbyists are fighting tooth and nail to stop reform and protect the status quo - and their profits – at the expense of affordable health care for families, small businesses and millions of Americans. But Eric Massa is fighting back.

Call Eric Massa at 585-218-0040. Thank Congressman Massa for standing up for New York families and our health care.

Paid for by the Democratic National Committee. Not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee. The DNC is responsible for the content of this advertising.

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NRCC Mailer The Albany Project has a copy of a mailer sent by the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) attacking Eric Massa for his vote against the Iraq supplemental. I live in the Northern part of the district and didn't get a copy of the mailer, so it is apparently a targeted mailing.

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Odd Ad Targeting The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) is launching a series of robo-calls and TV ads attacking Representatives who voted to quash an investigation of Nancy Pelosi's knowledge of torture. What's interesting about the ads is that Eric Massa, who voted with his party on this one, is not included in the ads.

In fact, the list of targeted Representatives looks like someone threw darts at a Congressional directory. I can understand why Majority Leader Steny Hoyer [MD-5] was included, since the point there is merely to annoy. But Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin [SD-AL]? Her district is rated a "solid D" by Charlie Cook.

In New York, only John Hall [NY-19] made the cut, and Cook rates his district as safer than Eric Massa's, Mike Arcuri's [NY-24] and newcomer Scott Murphy's [NY-20]. In 2008, Hall beat his opponent by 18 points, compared to the nail-biters experienced by Massa, Arcuri and Murphy.

The NRCC was incompetent and ineffective in the last cycle, and this ad buy signals that we're probably in for more of the same in 2010.

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Robocalls The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) is launching robocalls in the 29th which will try to link Eric Massa with Nancy Pelosi. There are also radio and TV ads, but it's not clear if any of those are going to show in the district.

Linking Pelosi with Massa is a long-time Republican strategy that didn't work out too well for Randy Kuhl. Pelosi's approval rating is as good or better than Congress' overall, it pretty much tracks Congressional Democrats' ratings, and it completely overwhelms Congressional Republicans. Republicans are between 18-30% approval, versus 43-50% for Democrats.

While the Republicans flail around trying to find an unpopular Democrat to link to Massa, unless trends change, Massa's job in 2010 will be much simpler. He just needs to point out that his opponent is a Republican.

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Strange Bedfellows I received this mailer [pdf] in yesterday's mail. It was created by a consortium of unions and drug companies, and it congratulates Eric Massa for voting for S-CHIP expansion.

The Hill points out that the Chamber of Commerce is congratulating Massa for his vote on the stimulus package.

Seeing the Chamber of Commerce and drug companies spending money to congratulate Massa has me waiting for frogs to fall out of the sky, peering at the horizon in search of horsemen.

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NRCC Radio Ad Liz Benjamin has the details on a National Republican Congressional Committee radio ad targeting Eric Massa and other Democrats supporting the stimulus. USA Today notes that the ads are launched at a time when there's pretty broad support for the stimulus plan.

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Still More NRCC Money The National Republican Congressional Committee dropped $209K on ads opposing Eric Massa yesterday in the 29th. That brings the NRCC's total to $605K.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Commitee spent another $9K on mailings Tuesday, bringing their total to $905K.

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The Air War Intensifies The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee just dropped another $350K on a media buy in the 29th. That brings DCCC spending in the 29th to almost $900K.

The DCCC has not posted a new anti-Kuhl or pro-Massa ad, so it's not clear what ad that money is paying for.

With this buy, the DCCC spending has far outstripped their Republican counterpart. The NRCC has spent less that $400K in the race, and their last expenditure was on some direct mail last Friday. $9K of direct mail on Monday.

I'm no expert in media buys, but I assume the window for booking TV time before the election is almost closed.

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New Massa Ad: Kuhl Wants to Cut Medicare The latest Massa ad is embedded below:



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New NRCC Ad, DCCC Mailer Rochesterturning has scans of the new DCCC mailer, which, like the recent TV ad, highlights free trade.

The NRCC has released their first ad in the 29th district, which is embedded below. The charges in the ad are almost identical to Kuhl's most recent ad. (via The Albany Project)

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New Internet Ad Reader Michael sends a screenshot of the Internet ad below, which is sponsored by the same group that sponsored an anti-Kuhl health care ad.

The ad shows the good and the bad of Internet advertising. The good is that you can figure out (roughly) where a user is from, and push ads related to the user's location. The bad is that you often can't control where your ad appears.

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New Kuhl Ad: Sick The Kuhl campaign has released another ad, this one attacking Eric Massa's health plan.


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New Kuhl Ad: Flatline The Kuhl campaign's new ad is embedded below:


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DCCC Ad Buy: $159K The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) put $159K behind the ad released yesterday. That seems like a lot of money, except that their buy in neighboring NY-26 is almost twice that number. Overall, the DCCC has spent almost $900K in NY-26, on a weaker candidate, in an only slightly-less Republican district than the 29th.

(via Exile at the Albany Project)

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New DCCC Ad The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has released a new ad, embedded below:


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New Kuhl Ad: Maggie Brooks The Kuhl campaign has released a new ad featuring an endorsement from Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks. It's embedded below.


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