A group called "Campaign to Defend America" ("CDA") has released an anti-John McCain ad that you can see here: youtube.com/watch?v=cN10_6pyshQ . They're supposedly going to be spending in the low seven figures running it on TV. It points out various ways that McCain is "McSame as Bush". Cute. And, it also ends with a rather questionable photo of McCain hugging Bush.
When I first heard about this, one name flashed like a neon sign everywhere I looked. And, it turns out I was right.
From this we learn that the CDA got $1 million from the Fund for America ("FFA"), which in turn was funded by $2.5 million from George Soros, with an equal amount coming from the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). The board of FFA includes: "Rob McKay, the chairman of the Democracy Alliance; Anna Burger of Change to Win; and John Podesta, of the Center for American Progress". The FFA also gave $1 million to "America Votes, a Soros-backed group".
Previously, the CDA ran noiraqescalation.org; the site says it was paid for by them at the bottom of each page. On their about page it says:
Americans Against Escalation in Iraq is a group of independent entities, including the Service Employees International Union, MoveOn.org Political Action, VoteVets.org, Center for American Progress Action Fund, USAction, Win Without War, Campaign for America's Future, the United States Student Association, Working Assets, Americans United for Change, Campus Progress Action and Nation Security Network, that have banded together as a coalition to launch a multi-faceted, multi million dollar effort in fifteen target states to education the American public about the true costs of the war in Iraq, mobilize opposition against President Bush's Iraq policy, as well as apply on-going pressure on members of Congress to oppose this failed policy.
According to this, the CDA is "associated with the liberal advocacy group MoveOn.org".
From last month (link):
Eddie Vale is joining the Campaign to Defend America as its Press Secretary. Vale was previously the New Hampshire Press Secretary for John Edwards’ presidential campaign and also worked as Communications Director for Ned Lamont’s Senate campaign in New Hampshire.
A nifty thing to have would be an online "George Soros Front Group Name Generator" so he can spend more time spending his money.
Politics · Wed, 03/05/2008 - 10:45 · Importance: 4