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I am so happy that Obama has decided to allow independent 527s to advocate for issues in this election.

I have decided to start this diary with some potential commercial scripts. Anyone out there who wants to use them is encouraged to do so; these scripts are provided free of charge with no claims of ownership to their content.

With the way the media works these days, just creating the ad and sending out a release saying that it will be shown in certain markets is sufficient for getting it shown to millions of people for free during the news. The Republicants have been using this ploy effectively for months now and it is time for Democrats to step into the fray.

If anyone has any other ideas, please include them in the comments. I will start tacking on alternative ideas so we end up with a repository of scripts for those with video making skills.

Note: I have several scripts that build off the Ten Commandments. These ads need to be targeted at the Appalachian belt. These are the people who honestly fear that Obama might be a Muslim, and turn to their faith for guidance.

We need to help them see how McCain's actions have been "un-Christian."

TITLE: LOBBYISTS

[VOICE OVER]: "As head of the Jack Abramoff investigation into political corruption, John McCain met with Republican colleagues and promised ‘not to air their dirty laundry.’"

[VOICE OVER]: "Of the 750,000 pages of documents assembled in the Abramoff investigation, McCain only released 5,000 pages. The rest were sealed until 2056.  That’s right 2056!"

[IMAGE OF GIANT STACK OF PAPERS MARKED "CLASSIFIED" IN RED]

[VOICE OVER]: "Why would you seal corruption documents from the citizens?"

[VOICE OVER]: "John McCain, a member of the Keating Five, doesn’t want you to know." [END]

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TITLE: THOU SHALL NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS 1

[FOOTAGE OF PALIN SPEECH]: "But listening to him speak, it's easy to forget that this is a man who has authored two memoirs but not a single major law or reform - not even in the state senate."

[VOICE OVER]: "As a U.S. Senator, Barack Obama co-authored the Lugar-Obama Cooperative Threat Reduction, which expands nonproliferation programs to conventional weapons, including shoulder-fired rockets and land mines."

[WORDS FADE IN: "Lugar-Obama Cooperative Threat Reduction Act"]

[VOICE OVER]: "Senator Obama also worked with Republican Senator Chuck Hagel and Representative Adam Schiff to secure loose nuclear weapons."

[WORDS FADE IN: "Comprehensive Nuclear Threat Reduction provision"]

[VOICE OVER]: "I guess that means that Republicans don’t think that keeping loose nukes out of the hands of terrorists is an important issue."

[VOICE OVER]: "Senator Obama disagrees."  

[WORDS FADE IN: "Republicans, Thou Shall Not Bear False Witness Against Thy Neighbor"] [END]

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TITLE: THOU SHALL NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS 2

[FOOTAGE OF PALIN SPEECH]: "But listening to him speak, it's easy to forget that this is a man who has authored two memoirs but not a single major law or reform - not even in the state senate."

[VOICEOVER]: "As a U.S. Senator, Barack Obama spearheaded the most sweeping ethics reform since Watergate."  [WORDS FADE IN: "Honest Leadership and Open Government Act"]

[VOICEOVER]: "I guess this means that Republicans don’t think that ethics in Washington is important."

[VOICEOVER]: "That’s not surprising seeing how John McCain campaign manager is a corporate lobbyist. So was his chief political advisor, and his chief economic advisor, the list just goes on and on...."

[PHOTOS OF CHARLIE BLACK, RICK DAVIS, PHIL GRAMM, JOHN GREEN, JOHN TIMMONS, KIRK BLALOCK, RANDY SCHEYNEMANN, CARLOS BONILLA, KRISTEN CHADWICK, WAYNE BERMAN, SUSAN NELSON, CHRISTIAN FERRY, DAVID CRANE, THOMAS LOEFFLER, PETER MADIGAN, ERIC BURGESON and DOUG GOODYEAR]

[VOICEOVER]: "In fact, John McCain has had over 130 different corporate lobbyist working on his campaign."

[QUICKLY SCROLL NAMES]
Robert Aiken
Grant Aldonas
Philmore B. Anderson
Rebecca "Becky" Anderson
Stanton Anderson
Susan Auther Andres
Robert Asher
William J. III Bailey
William III Ball
David Beightol
Rhonda A. Bentz
Wayne Berman
Steve Betts
Charlie Black
Judy Black
Kirk Blalock
Carlos Bonilla
Christine Burgeson
Eric Robert Burgeson
Kerry Cammack
Kirsten Ardleigh Chadwick
Rob Chamberlin
Susan Charlton
John Clerici
Josephine "Jo" Cooper
James Courter
David Crane
Dan Crippen
Arthur Culvahouse
Bryan Cunningham
Alfonse D'Amato
Doug B. Davenport
Ashley Davis
Kurt Davis
Rick Davis
Mimi Dawson
John Diamond
Frank Donatelli
Melissa "Missy" Edwards
Kevin Fay
Christian Ferry
Chris Fidler
Thomas Jr. Fiorentino
Sally Furman
Samuel K. Geduldig
Ben Ginsberg
David Girard-di Carlo
Michael Glassner
Juleanna R. Glover Weiss
Slade Gorton
Phil Gramm
John Green
Janet M. Grissom
Wes Gullett
Kristen Gullott
Kent Hance
Robert Harding
Vicki Hart
Robert van Laer Hartwell
Buzz Hawley
John D. Heubusch
William "Van" Hilleary
Deborah Hohlt
Richard Hohlt
Gaylord T. Jr. Hughey
Peter Huntsman
James "Jim" Hyland
Aleix Jarvis
Greg Jenner
Mary Kate Johnson
Nancy Johnson
Edwin "Ned" Johnson
Christine Jones
Charles N. III Kahn
William Kilberg
Steve Kuykendall
William "Bill" Lesher
Jack Lichtenstein
Thomas Loeffler
Gail MacKinnon
Peter Madigan
Aaron Manaigo
Mary Mann
Paul Martino
Mary McAuliffe
John McGovern
Jana McKeag
Timothy McKone
Alison H. McSlarrow
Kyle E. McSlarrow
Michael E. Meece
David A Metzner
Susan Molinari
John Munger
Ken Nahigian
Susan Nelson
Jack Oliver
Steve Perry
Roy Pfautch
Nancy Mitchell Pfotenhauer
Steve Phillips
Elise Pickering
James L. Pitts
Timothy Powers
Anthony Principi
Michael Racy
Sloan W. Rappoport
James Rill
Steve Roman
Warren Rudman
Matt Salmon
Joseph Samora
Randy Scheunemann
Jon Seaton
Kathleen M. Shanahan
Katie Stahl
Milly Stanges
Aquiles Suarez
Don Sundquist
Fife Symington
Jeri Thompson
John Timmons
Dirk W. Van Dongen
David Vennett
J. Antonio Villamil
Raymond T. Jr. Wagner
Jeffrey Weiss
Richard "Dick" Wiley
Tony Williams
James Woolsey
Joseph Wright
Fred Zeidman
Richard "Dick" Zimmer

[VOICE OVER]: "McCain is More of the Same for Washington."

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TITLE: THOU SHALL NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS 3

[FOOTAGE OF PALIN SPEECH]: "The Democratic nominee for president supports plans to raise income taxes ... raise payroll taxes ... raise investment income taxes ... raise the death tax ... raise business taxes ... and increase the tax burden on the American people by hundreds of billions of dollars."

[WORDS FADE IN: "Thou Shall Not Bear False Witness Against Thy Neighbor"]

[VOICE OVER]: "Barack Obama's tax plan would cut taxes for 95% of working Americans.  Obama has a history of cutting taxes for the working class, and provided $105 million of relief while in the Illinois senate."

[VOICE OVER]: "Under Obama’s plan, a married couple making $75,000 per year with a house and two kids, one in college, will get – a $1,000 immediate tax break, a $1,000 Making Work Pay tax credit, a $500 mortgage tax credit, and a $4,000 fully refundable college tax credit."
[WORDS FADE IN AS LIST IS READ]

[VOICE OVER]: "95% of Americans will get tax cuts under a President Obama" [END]

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TITLE: THOU SHALL NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS 4

[FOOTAGE OF MCCAIN]: "Obama would Rather Lose a War in Order to Win a Political Campaign"

[VOICE OVER]: "The terrorists responsible for the 9/11 attacks are not in Iraq.  They are in Afghanistan."

[FOOTAGE OF OBAMA]:  "For at least a year now, I have called for two additional brigades, perhaps three.... I think it's very important that we unify command more effectively to coordinate our military activities. (SNIP) We have to understand that the situation is precarious and urgent here in Afghanistan. And I believe this has to be our central focus, the central front, on our battle against terrorism."  

Logan: "Why does it have to be the central focus? What is so critical to U.S. interests here?"

Obama: "This is where they can plan attacks. They have sanctuary here. They are gathering huge amounts of money as a consequence of the drug trade in the region. And so that global network is centered in this area. And I think one of the biggest mistakes we've made strategically after 9/11 was to fail to finish the job here, focus our attention here. We got distracted by Iraq."

[VOICEOVER]: "The war on terrorism is not in Iraq. It’s in Afghanistan."

[WORDS FADE IN: "Republicans, Thou Shall Not Bear False Witness Against Thy Neighbor"] [END]

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TITLE: AMERICAN

[VOICE OVER]: "One of John McCain’s top fundraisers pled guilty to funding a terrorist group in Columbia."

[PHOTO OF CARL H. LINDNER JR.]
[WORDS FADE IN: "Source: Huffington Post, July 2, 2008"]

[VOICE OVER]: "John McCain’s chief political advisor (Charlie Black) represented Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos, Angolan Guerilla leader Jonas Savimbi, and Nigerian Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, and Somali dictator Mohamed Siad Barre."

[PHOTOS OF THESE DESPOTS]

[VOICE OVER]: "John McCain’s campaign manager represented Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska, a close ally of Vladimir Putin, whose U.S. visa was revoked because of his ties organized crime."

[PHOTO OF RICK DAVIS AND VLADIMIR PUTIN]

[VOICE OVER]: "John McCain’s foreign policy advisor (Randy Scheunemann) lobbied for the Republic of Georgia.  Yes, that Georgia."

[FOOTAGE OF MCCAIN CLAIMING "WE ARE ALL GEORGIANS."]

[VOICE OVER]: "I don’t know about you, John McCain, but I’m an American."

[END]
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TITLE: THOU SHALL NOT LIE

[FOOTAGE OF PALIN]: "I told the Congress ‘Thanks, but no thanks,’ for that Bridge to Nowhere.  If our state wanted a bridge, we'd build it ourselves."

[VOICE OVER]: "Sarah Palin strongly supported the Bridge to Nowhere before she dropped it.  Plus she kept the money! Over $200 million dollars that she claims that she didn’t want."

[VOICE OVER]: "In fact, as Mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, Sarah Palin aggressively hired Washington lobbyists, bringing home over $20 million to her tiny town of 6,000 people.  $20 million for only 6,000 people."

[VOICE OVER]: "Now that’s bringing home the Washington bacon."

[WORDS FADE IN: "Sarah Palin, Thou Shall Not Lie"] [END]

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TITLE: THOU SHALL NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS 5

[FOOTAGE OF PALIN SPEECH] "Terrorist states are seeking nuclear weapons without delay ... he wants to meet them without preconditions."

[VOICE OVER]: "The Lugar-Obama Cooperative Threat Reduction Act expanded nonproliferation programs to conventional weapons, including shoulder-fired rockets and land mines."

[WORDS FADE IN: "LUGAR-OBAMA COOPERATIVE THREAT REDUCTION ACT"]

[FOOTAGE OF OBAMA SAYING]: "This funding will further strengthen our ability to detect and intercept illegal shipments of weapons and materials of mass destruction, enhancing efforts to prevent nuclear terrorism."

[VOICE OVER]: "Senator Obama also worked with Republican Senator Chuck Hagel to secure Nuclear Weapons from terrorists."

[WORDS FADE IN: "COMPREHENSIVE NUCLEAR THREAT REDUCTION provision – Sen. Barack Obama, Sen. Chuck Hagel, Rep. Adam Schiff"]

[WORDS FADE IN: "Thou Shall Not Bear False Witness Against Thy Neighbor"] [END]

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TITLE: THOU SHALL NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS 6

[FOOTAGE OF MCCAIN]: "Obama would Rather Lose a War in Order to Win a Political Campaign"

[VOICE OVER]: "This is an abominable claim by John McCain, when his own campaign advisor advisors, stated of another terrorist attack in America, "Certainly it would be a big advantage" to McCain.

[VOICE OVER]: "John McCain’s advisors believe another terrorist attack would be good for their campaign."

[VOICE OVER]: "Well, it certainly wouldn’t be good for America."

[VOICE OVER]: "’Country First,’ huh?  How about ‘Campaign First?’"

[WORDS FADE IN: "Thou Shall Not Bear False Witness Against Thy Neighbor"]

[END]

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TITLE: THOU SHALL NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS 7

[FOOTAGE OF PALIN SPEECH]: "America needs more energy ... our opponent is against producing it."

[VOICE OVER]: "Obama’s energy plan will invest $150 billion over ten years to deploy clean technologies, protect our existing manufacturing base and create millions of new jobs that stay in America."

[WORDS FADE IN: "Source: The Blueprint for Change: Barack Obama’s Plan for America"]

[VOICE OVER]: "It is a matter of national security and economic security that America weans itself off foreign oil."

[VOICE OVER]: "Barack Obama is committed to green technologies and creating green collar workers throughout the United States."

[WORDS FADE IN: "Sarah Palin, Thou Shall Not Bear False Witness Against Thy Neighbor"] [END]

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TITLE: THOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY

[VOICE OVER]: "During his time in captivity, Carol McCain loyally waited for her husband’s return."  

[IMAGE OF JOHN MCCAIN GREETING PEOPLE ALONGSIDE CAROL UPON HIS RETURN.  ZOOM IN ON CAROL.]

[VOICE OVER]: "And how did John McCain return her loyalty?  By cheating on her with a young millionaire beauty queen after his wife was crippled in an auto accident."  

[IMAGE OF CINDY MCCAIN. WORDS FADE IN: "Source: Faith of my Fathers by John McCain]

[VOICE OVER]: "John McCain then asked this beauty queen to marry him before his first divorce was finalized."

[VOICE OVER]:  "John McCain committed adultery and violated a sacred covenant with his wife and with his God."

[VOICE OVER]: "If John McCain cannot be faithful to his sacred covenant of a husband, then why should anyone believe that he'll be faithful to the sacred covenant of a President?"

[WORDS FADE IN: "Thou Shall Not Commit Adultery"] [END]

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TITLE: WHICH COUNTRY FIRST?

[VOICE OVER]: "John McCain called 'Buy American' provisions for the American government 'disgraceful.'"

[VOICE OVER]: "Just ask the Machinists in Pennsylvania who build Harley-Davidsons what is disgraceful."

[VOICE OVER]: "Just ask the workers across this country who have seen their jobs outsourced.  The very companies that shipped their jobs overseas have been rewarded with billions of dollars in tax breaks that John McCain supports and plans to continue."

[VOICE OVER]: "So when American workers hear John McCain talking about putting 'Country First, it’s fair to ask – Which country?" [END]

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TITLE: TROOPS

[VOICE OVER]: "McCain claims that he supports the troops, but what does his record really say?"

[VOICE OVER]: "In September 2007, McCain voted against the Webb amendment calling for adequate troop rest between deployments."  

[VOICE OVER]: "In May 2006, McCain voted against an amendment that would provide $20 million to the Department of Veterans Affairs for health care facilities."

[VOICE OVER]: "In April 2006, John McCain was one of only 13 Senators to vote against $430,000,000 for the Department of Veteran Affairs for Medical Services for outpatient care and treatment for veterans."

[VOICE OVER]: "In March 2006, McCain voted against increasing Veterans medical services funding by $1.5 billion to be paid for by closing corporate tax loopholes."

[VOICE OVER]: "That's right. John McCain values corporate profits over war veterans. Just whose side are you on, Senator McCain?" [END]

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* EXISTING VIDEOS * (Thanks, slinkerwink!)

Thanks, Sneaky.

And thanks Brave New Films.

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+ UPDATE 1

TITLE: NEVER AGAIN (from Kevvboy)

[IMAGES OF MARKETS PLUMMETING AND HEADLINES OF DISASTER ON WALL STREET]

[FOOTAGE OF JOHN MCCAIN]: "And I promise you, we will never put America in this position again."

[VOICEOVER]: "Even John McCain knows that he and his party are responsible for America's economic crisis."

[VOICEOVER]: "Vote for change.  Vote for the future.  Vote for Barack Obama." [END]

Originally posted to TheOpinionGuy on Mon Sep 15, 2008 at 09:55 AM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Tips for Going on the Offensive! (0+ / 0-)
  •  Bring back the flip-flopper (0+ / 0-)

    Begin with McSame saying "I am going to bring change to Washington"

    Show an old position, show new position.
    (Finance reform, Bush tax breaks, abortion, etc.)

    Voiceover:  "In 26 years in Washington the only thing John McCain has changed is his mind."

    The Republicans spent hundreds of millions demonizing anyone who changed their minds.  Now it is a perfect time to use their own meme against them.  It has a bonus effect of reminding everyone how old he is, how long he has been part of the problem in Washington, that he is a liar and can't be trusted.

    John McCain the last member of the Keating five.

    by AppleP on Mon Sep 15, 2008 at 10:05:49 AM PDT

  •  Regarding troops ad (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Zanna

    It's probably also worth mentioning that McCain has received% $?,???,??? in disability payments at the same time he is denying benefits to other veterans.  

    [I don't know the exact number, but believe it is something like $57K per year, for something like 25 years now.)

    To fit your theme, would the rubric be "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you?"

  •  Let's get all Reagan on their ass... (0+ / 0-)

    As the screen slowly fades into the commercial, underlying ominious music plays...

    The first thing viewers see is a picture of today's Dow Jones screen (that digital board we see on the news that shows where the industrial average is at at any given moment).  That picture then meshes into headlines about Merrill Lynch and Lehman Brothers.

    [Voice Over]: Longtime financial institutions are collapsing, causing worldwide financial panic.

    From the Merrill Lynch/Lehman Brothers image to a picture of a "For Sale" sign with the banner "Foreclosure" drapped across it.

    [Voice Over]: Four million Americans have lost their homes.

    To a picture of a newspaper headline about the unemployment rate going above 6%.

    [Voice Over]:  And now more Americans are out of work than at any time since 2000.

    To a picture of John McCain and George W. Bush in the Rose Garden.

    [Voice Over]: And now, after eight years of failure and incompetence, the Republicans want voters to reward them with another term in the White House?

    To the infamous picture of John McCain hugging George W. Bush.

    [Voice Over]: Can America really afford four more years?  

    The words of that last statement lay over the slowly fading picture of the two men hugging.

  •  I'm starting today (0+ / 0-)

    It's been years since I've used these programs so don't expect too much. But I'm gonna give it my best. :)

  •  Read Jim Kunstler's "Clusterfuck Nation" today (0+ / 0-)

    He has a meme ready -

    [snip]
     At least one thing ought to be clear: this has happened due to the negligence and misfeasance of the regulating authorities, namely the Republican Party, and that now all the hoopla surrounding Sarah Palin can be swept away revealing that group to be what they actually are: the party that wrecked America. I hope one or two Barack Obama campaign officials are reading this blog. You must commence the re-branding of the opposition right now. The Republicans must be clearly identified as, the party that wrecked America.
    [/snip]

    http://jameshowardkunstler.typepad.c...

  •  A record of his votes against veteran's interests (0+ / 0-)

    I don't think there even needs to be a voice over ...

    Just a record, in text, listing his votes against veteran's interests, against a "filmstrip" backdrop of the men and women in our military - not "fake actors" as were used in the RNC, but actual military personnel.

    The lack of a voice over could be interpreted as a "moment of silence" for lives lost as well.

    I think it would be very poignant, and really, i don't see it as the least bit exploitative.  McCain's votes against veteran's interests really is beyond words.

  •  SPELLING AND INCEST (0+ / 0-)
    1. I love this idea.  However, be careful of your spelling!!! One of those ads had "judgment" misspelled - we don't want to hear how stupid Democrats are or what not.  I am an English teacher, among other things, and would be happy to do what I can to proof this.
    1. I am also a survivor of childhood sexual abuse.  Does anyone want to know how I, a survivor and now the mother of two daughters and an educator who helps kids who have been abused, react to the NO ABORTION EVEN IN THE CASE OF RAPE AND INCEST???  Please!  Someone!  Put this in front of all Americans - do we want someone a heart beat away from the Presidency who might appoint Supreme Court Justices who have SUCH extremist views?  And what of that ad about Obama's attempt to educate kids about how to avoid predators!  I WISH I could have had had such an education!  I would be happy to talk to anyone about this.  Every American who votes for McCain / PALIN is, in my view, voting against helping sexually abused kids!!!!
  •  I am shooting some ads this weekend myself (0+ / 0-)

    I'd love it if we could get them into the mainstream in swing states.

    My ads will focus on the fact that McCain is a liar and he is NOT giving specifics about how his policies help regular Americans. They will be shot much like that SEIU ad that just came out. Regular people.

    But on the MACRO level I am looking for an idea to promote voter empowerment. McCain;s lies will continue until he loses on November 4th. I want to create ads for FactCheck.org to empower voters to see for themselves who's lying and who isn't.

    I use this often while canvassing and undecided voters seem to really appreciate it.

    I'm vacillating between a comedic theme for it or some other style. I plan to write the script today but I am open to suggestions and other's scripts on this.

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