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abdulmismail
12-27-2007, 03:01 PM
I’m taking the liberty of forwarding this suggestion that I initially sent to Ron Paul 2008 HQ as a possible mechanism to circumvent the lack of attention from the US media with respect to Dr. Paul's campaign. Ron Paul 2008 HQ thought it was a great idea but they went on to point out that it was more a ‘grass roots’ campaign. This is true but the only snag is the financing – which is why I wrote to the RP2008 Campaign HQ. So, if there are any takers, perhaps you could liase with your state level representatives of Ron Paul 2008 to secure the funds (or use the funds you've raised yourselves).

My suggestion to Ron Paul supporters is as follows;

Rent high powered lasers that project messages in the sky during the evening all over town and at parties, from this weekend until February 2008 in as many cities across the US. This will result in embedding Dr. Paul in the minds of potential and undecided voters and it should encourage people to do some research over the festive season. Given the lack of media coverage, it’s important to focus on generating new forms of promotion that will draw people to the internet where as you know, Dr. Paul is the King of Candidates and reigns supreme. The Ron Paul blimp is one such novel example but it's suceptible to weather and could be grounded during poor weather. Laser projections are not constrained by poor weather conditions.

The projected messages should be short and sweet. In addition to "Google Ron Paul" and "Who is Ron Paul?" you should also employ campaign messages such as "Abolish income tax", "Stop the war", "Vote for fiscal sanity", “Protect our borders”, “Yes to protecting personal liberties”, “No to policing the Internet”, etc.

Just for the sake of providing an example (I have no affiliation to nor am I promoting this organisation);

http://www.viecoballoons.com/Ad-Lasers-MoreInfo.htm

The beauty of these devices, they’re available everywhere and in terms of costs, they’ll be far less expensive to hire literally thousands of these products than paying for TV ads.

Hiring this equipment for one night will probably cost ~$200 (that's a guess) but I refer to several weeks of rental (until the caucuses are over). That equates to $4000 per machine which may be a bit too much for individuals to afford. If one multiplies $4000 by the number of cities across the US you’d like to get your message across to and that will collectively total >$2M but from a campaign perspective, that's minute compared to the money spent on TV ads but it's seen by everyone. So, the idea is that the RP2008 campaign would pay for the hiring but the grassroots campaign would do the promoting. As I mentioned above, if you raised the money yourself for Ron Paul 2008, then perhaps you could invest the funds to hiring such machines.

Make sure you contact the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to ensure you project away from the flightpath of any aircraft.

Best of luck.

Cordially,

Abdul M. Ismail

Think12345
12-27-2007, 03:05 PM
Hmmm....

Sounds intriguing. Just how high in the sky those machines can project a message?

dirknb@hotmail.com
12-27-2007, 04:40 PM
Hmmm....

Sounds intriguing. Just how high in the sky those machines can project a message?

Those lasers have to project onto a surface.

abdulmismail
12-28-2007, 07:17 AM
Those lasers have to project onto a surface.

This is true unless you can rent military type lasers that can project on to clouds but the more cost effective solution is to project onto an even surface.

Here are some examples;

http://www.projectionmedia.co.uk/laser.html
http://www.newimagelighting.com/Laser%20Advertising.htm
http://www.lgfx.co.uk/projection.htm#video
http://www.internatlaser.com/

Still, the idea is more effective than media campaigns especially since the media tends not to give as much air time to Dr. Paul's campaign.

fabijo
12-28-2007, 07:23 AM
I was thinking about this type of thing in New York City, but it would be difficult to get clearance for this. The lasers might cost a little, but paying the city for the permission is what will cost thousands.