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Are the Democrats not buying ads on the local radio stations? Is the Romney money machine (Citizens United) that much more powerful?

Normally I don't listen to any station but AM950 locally. But this weekend I had occasion to get out and driving and listen to other stations because I wanted to hear the news.

WCCO, KQRS, and 102.1 New Country ALL have wall to wall Romney ads all the time. What's up with that? Are these stations simply refusing to take any Obama ads? Because I can't believe that the Obama campaign hasn't tried to buy any.

My BP will absolutely not let me listen to a Romney ad. I have to turn down the radio, bigtime.

I absolutely don't understand, though, why any of these other so called "normal" radio stations are doing this. Obama campaign didn't have enough money to put on even one ad? Evidence enough that Citizen's United is out to subvert democracy, I think.

This is how they get you. By making you believe that everybody else in the whole world is for their guy. Their guy that's going to take away your Social Security and Medicare, and undercut your civil rights.

Bleah. Minnesota is a Blue State. Waste your money, a-holes.

At least I hope fervently that's true. Only a few days till the election. I hope so much to be celebrating Tuesday night.  

Also, I didn't put this diary up to discourage any of us. Just it really disturbed me and I had to say it somewhere. Forgive me.

But, I suspect a lot of things will disturb us these last few days. We ARE going to win this thing. I believe that with all my heart.


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  •  Tip Jar (2+ / 0-)
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    KateinIL, exiledfromTN

    Old Mamasan would certainly be glad to know that Ronnie's gotten past it. I'll tell her the next time I see her. Stephen King, Hearts in Atlantis

    by Rosebuddear on Sun Nov 04, 2012 at 02:07:38 PM PST

  •  Insane amounts of money (4+ / 0-)
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    Rosebuddear, ImpactAv, buckstop, Bronx59

    The republican SuperPACs have cash to burn and already have saturated the swing states. I'm guessing they're trying to get a popular vote victory and swing local races.

  •  Same thing in my town in Colorado. (1+ / 0-)
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    I was doing a lot of computer work at a local coffee shop this past week, and every other ad was Mitt. People were groaning. I would have asked to change the station, but didn't, because I assumed it was that way on the other local stations as well.

  •  Broadcasters cannot refuse to sell airtime (1+ / 0-)
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    to one candidate for federal office if they sell it to another. Under federal law, they risk their broacast licenses if they discriminate against a candidate in terms of allowing access.

  •  Take A Look (1+ / 0-)
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    We've been getting ads in Illinois for the past several days. They're just trying to smear the President as much as possible while they can get away with it.


    $838.5M spent so far by conservative groups
    $403.8M by liberal leaning groups

    This is just what we know so far. The spending has gone through the roof and not all the data is available for the past several days.

  •  The stations in the cities are picked up in WI. (1+ / 0-)
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    Think they are trying to market west central, and northern WI.  TV stations coming from Duluth are insane.  The calls are just as bad.  Took the phone off the hook.  Get out of the house and GOTV!

    I'm just wasting a great big Corporation and the entire fund. The girders of Wall Street And the temples of money. And the high priests Of the expense account. And Im wasting the whole thing. J. Strummer

    by bongojazz on Sun Nov 04, 2012 at 02:29:27 PM PST

  •  who listenes to rasio except right wingers? (2+ / 0-)
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    Rosebuddear, Bronx59

    Most people I know have satellite service or ipods. Radio is dead except for the wingers. I won't use it for local advertising because it not my demographics. Let Rove waste their money, at least they won't have it for next time.

    •  Uh, there is black talk radio, & some libs, and I (1+ / 0-)
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      Listen to WCLV, classical music which is really soothing in this rotten political season.

      Yes, I am liberal & listen to talk radio. ESPN CLE radio  totally sucks.

      The radical Republican party is the party of oppression, fear, loathing and above all more money and power for the people who robbed us.

      by a2nite on Sun Nov 04, 2012 at 04:39:03 PM PST

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      •  we don't even get NPR where I live (0+ / 0-)

        It's just country and hate radio 24/7. I sometimes forget there is another world somewhere else, however I still think that the death of radio as we knew it is not that far behind newspaper.

  •  Romney ads and robocalls here in PA (1+ / 0-)
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    They have money to spend.  I don't think they can swing PA unless they are willing to engage in wholesale election fraud.  Which I wouldn't put past them.

    Anyone who ever knew fear and want knows Romney is talking about him..

    by docterry on Sun Nov 04, 2012 at 03:10:29 PM PST

  •  The right wing own AM radio. (2+ / 0-)
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    Rosebuddear, Bronx59

    Ever since the magic of Rush appeared on their airwaves in the late 80's-early 90's.

  •  They have to spend the money somewhere (2+ / 0-)
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    Bronx59, Rosebuddear

    The radical Republican party is the party of oppression, fear, loathing and above all more money and power for the people who robbed us.

    by a2nite on Sun Nov 04, 2012 at 04:32:41 PM PST

  •  It's because Romney/Ryan are using MN as an ATM (1+ / 0-)
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    They haven't really campaigned here, but they've been fundraising here--looking for small donations from teabaggers and big checks from rich assholes.  

    When you shake down the people of a state for that much money, you have to show them that you're trying to win that state.  Radio ads are cheaper than other options and you can buy a bunch of stations in discounted blocks.  They just consider it a cost of fundraising from Minnesota RWNJs, who overall have deeper pockets than RWNJs from other states.  

    That's my 2 doesn't mean much.  

    •  that's reassuring, actually (0+ / 0-)

      I've been spending so much time in my comfy little progressive talk radio bubble (bless you, AM950, for saving my sanity lo these many years :) that it was quite shocking to me to see how every single other station was absolutely saturated with this crap. Way more so than on TV.

      I thought "could they possibly believe this state is actually in play? They must or they wouldn't be bothering."

      Your 2 cents has relieved my mind considerably, Mark. Thanks :)

      Old Mamasan would certainly be glad to know that Ronnie's gotten past it. I'll tell her the next time I see her. Stephen King, Hearts in Atlantis

      by Rosebuddear on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 05:51:53 AM PST

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