Sunday, April 13, 2008

Freedom's Watch

The NY Times has an interesting article on the conservative 527 group Freedom's Watch. If you don't know Freedom's Watch, they do ads like this:

And they were the main focus of the push back against's "General Betray Us" adverts last year.

Here is a segment of the article:

But after a splashy debut last summer, in which it spent $15 million in a nationwide advertising blitz supporting President Bush’s troop escalation in Iraq, the group has been mostly quiet, beset by internal problems that have paralyzed it and raised questions about what kind of role, if any, it will actually play this fall.

The group was conspicuously absent this week as Gen. David H. Petraeus, the United States commander in Iraq, returned to Congress to testify. Moreover, the troubles at Freedom’s Watch come as some Democratic-aligned groups are seeking to take the offensive, with one group, Progressive Media USA, planning to raise $40 million to spend on advertisements and other efforts to undermine Senator John McCain of Arizona, the presumptive Republican nominee.