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07-02-2008, 10:31 AM
Remember the Swift Boat ad four years ago? Sixty seconds of well-honed video, produced by an obscure independent group, that crippled Democrat John Kerry’s presidential campaign.

This year, the NPR Election unit is teaming up with the Center for Investigative Reporting to report on the new crop of independent groups. With changes in political strategies and campaign law, they're potentially more important than ever.

But we need your help. Why? Even though NPR and CIR have the best research tools available, many of these groups will use strategies that will be visible only to voters.

Over to You:

If you hear from independent groups, tell us about it here or send an email to secretmoney@npr.org. Which group contacted you? Using what medium? What message? When? Which races? President, Senate, House, governor.

To clarify: We’re tracking outside groups – not candidates or political parties. These groups might be unions, well-known advocacy organizations on the left or right, or entities with vague names like “Americans for a Better America.” For examples, click here to listen to an earlier story about groups operating in Iowa and New Hampshire.
Messages We're Looking For

— Push polling: Phone calls that sound like polls but are meant to spread negative information. If you can record it, we can put it on the air.

— Organized phone banking and automated robo-calls: Again, we'd love to get the audio.

— Print: Direct mail brochures and letters. Newspaper ads. Even the flyer that someone stuck under your windshield. Scan it, e-mail it to us and it can end up on NPR.org.

— Radio ads: A favorite way to hit a target audience without drawing outside attention. Did we say we love audio?

— TV ads: We think we'll have a handle on these. But we like surprises.

These groups are out there. Please help NPR find them.

Link: Secret Money Project (http://www.npr.org/contact/election_secretmoney.html)

Should we present them all the information regarding the smear campaign, media blackout, GOP breaking the rules, etc...?

McFly breaking his own campaign finance reform law?

McFly raising money in England...?

CFR, Bilderburg, Logan Act, etc...?

07-02-2008, 10:35 AM
They specifically said they weren't doing campaigns (and specifically didn't say why not). And considering they were only very slightly better than the Murdoch properties about airing Dr. Paul's views...

But NPR is the one non-'net media I heard doing a comparison of amounts of coverage during the primaries, so....?

07-02-2008, 10:43 AM
Yeah, no campaigns, but - if we left out Dr. Paul, the only conclusion they could possibly come up with... rigged by elite...