Ad Watch: Hodgepodge Edition

Written by Morgan Pehme on . Posted in AdWatch

2014 commercials already? Some candidates for U.S. Congress are already up with ads online, likely presaging the intensity of the battle that will be waged in the midterm elections next year. Of course, the majority of us have only just turned our attention to this year’s general election. While the airwaves are not yet saturated with spots aimed at convincing us how to vote this November, there are still plenty of commercials for us to consider. Thus, we present this… [More]

Ad Watch: Beyond The Five Boroughs – Primary Edition

Written by Morgan Pehme on . Posted in AdWatch

So much attention has been paid to the New York City mayoral election that critical primary races across the rest of the state have played out largely under the radar. In this installment of Ad Watch, City & State and our panel of experts analyze commercials from candidates running for the mayoralties of Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse, as well as for Nassau County executive.   Title: “What It Takes” Candidate: Tom Richards Produced by: SKDKnickerbocker (New York City/Washington, D.C.) Length:… [More]

Ad Watch: 2013 New York City Mayoral Primary Edition

Written by Morgan Pehme on . Posted in AdWatch, Campaigns/Elections

In this installment of Ad Watch, City & State and our panel of experts look at one of the television commercials from each of the candidates for New York City mayor who has released one to date. Title: “City of Opportunity” Candidate: Bill Thompson Produced by: Campaign Group (Philadelphia, Pa., and La Jolla, Calif.) Length: 30 seconds Description: In part a biographical spot, in part an issues piece, this ad shows Thompson promising to restore the “city of opportunity” that… [More]

AD WATCH

Written by Morgan Pehme on . Posted in AdWatch, Campaigns/Elections

Total election spending in the United States this year will reach an astronomical $9.8 billion for the 13,000 or so national, congressional and municipal races across the country, according to the research firm Borrell Associates. An estimated 48 percent of that money will be spent by “super PACs,” and the greatest beneficiary of this largesse will be cable-TV outlets, which could make out nicely with over $900 million in sales—more than double what they took in four years ago. But… [More]