David and Goliath 527's

“This is a moment of truth for George W. Bush,” Edwards said at a Democratic rally. “We’re going to see what kind of man he is and what kind of leader he is. … We want to hear three words: Stop these ads.
Kerry said the attacks by a group of Vietnam veterans and former Swift Boat commanders have intensified "because in the last months they have seen me climbing in America's understanding that I know how to fight a smarter and more effective war" against terrorists.

"That's why they're attacking my credibility. That's why they've personally gone after me. The president needs to stand up and stop that. The president needs to have the courage to talk about it."

Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, a group funded in part by a top GOP donor in Texas, has been running ads featuring veterans who served in Vietnam at the same time as Kerry and question his wartime record. yahoonews

Let's see, left wing attack group 'closely aligned with the Kerry campaign' puts out exclusively anti-Bush propaganda including commercials featuring Bush and 'der Fuhrer'. Billionaire George Soros and Peter Lewis contribute $5 million dollars to run negative ads against Bush. (George and Peter have collectively given $27 million to such groups.)

Total Receipts: $9,086,102
Total Expenditures: $17,435,782

A group of decorated Vietnam Veterans get together... with one Texas (where 4 out of 11 of the founders live) Republican contributing $100,000:

Swift Boat Veterans for Truth
Total Receipts: $158,750
Total Expenditures: $60,403

Isn't it against the law for candidates to have any control over what these 527's do?

And it's a little hypocritical to ask GW to stop ads by a 527 group but Kerry and Edwards haven't done much to stop such ads against Bush by MoveOn.org.

Posted by Eric Simonson at August 23, 2004 2:38 AM