Era of new PAC money unleashed in Iowa

  • Article by: KEVIN DIAZ , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 1, 2012 - 12:03 AM

Independent Super PACs fill the airwaves with attack ads.

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wildfoxJan. 1, 12 1:10 AM

Anyone whom bases their decision on commercials and "attack ads" simply has not done their political home work. My suggestion is write down the issues most important to YOUR life and do some research to figure out what person will best represent you. I think if everyone does this the majority of citizens will realize that the GOP favors the rich and corporate welfare. So basically if you do not fall into that category think twice about pulling the lever for them. If you vote on morality issues this is a mute point ... progress made will not be overturned and there will be equal rights for all as stated in our constitution.

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darkelfJan. 1, 12 3:54 AM

it's sickening, and a waste. think of the good that money could do, instead.

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norselandcJan. 1, 12 7:23 AM

Our burgeoning Corporocracy rears its ugly head.

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docgeddyJan. 1, 12 9:00 AM

Word of the Year for 2012: Mute.

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wileyrulesJan. 1, 12 9:26 AM

Because corporations are people too.....

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whataboutmeJan. 1, 12 9:27 AM

can you imagine living in des moines and having to be bombarded by this on your television screen daily, hourly by the minute! AHHHHHHH

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jamue11eJan. 1, 1210:27 AM

whataboutmeJan. 1, 12 9:27 AM "can you imagine living in des moines and having to be bombarded by this on your television screen daily, hourly by the minute! AHHHHHHH" ---- Wait for it, it'll be her in full force in August for our September Primary. Hopefully, a few of them will have dropped out by then though. Like someone else said, word of 2012 is MUTE.

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splitpeasJan. 1, 1210:44 AM

Doesn't matter if Gingrich wanted to play nice or sling mud (the former which he has tried to do), he did not have the money that Romney or Paul have (as frontrunners). All of 'em are not perfect, but it was easy for Newt's to be "aired out."

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concernedduhJan. 1, 1211:39 AM

The Democrats still have the BIG money and will continue to spend more on advertising than the GOP. The PACs will not offset the big money the Dem's get from unions, Wall Street and the mega rich liberals. When you count the impact of the "free" advertising provided by the press and Hollywood that are overwhelmingly biased towards the Democrats, the GOP does amazingly well, with much less funding. The GOP does not have the foot soldiers, like OWS and ACORN that the Obama campaign uses to get on-demand media attention either.

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orpheus90Jan. 1, 1212:31 PM

What's going on in Iowa is but a microcosm of what we'll see saturating the national airwaves come this Fall. It's going to be unrelenting - and unnerving. Fair warning to networks, local stations and other media outlets who'll be tempted to take the money and run: viewers will turn off their sets in droves if subjected to this sort of carpet-bombing political ad blitz. They have other viewing options, as you well know by now...

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