December 25th, 2007
05:10 PM ET
7 years ago

Holiday season fails to slow third-party efforts in Iowa

(CNN) - The presidential candidates themselves may have taken most of the week off, but some independent groups have been busy as elves in the final days of the holiday season, making moves to support – or attack – their candidate of choice in Iowa.

The moves – which come with just over a week to go until the state’s first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses – may not be naughty. But most are certainly not nice.

Democrat Barack Obama, who spent the weekend making an issue independent groups running ads on his opponents’ behalf, may now have even more reason to gripe about third-party spending.

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees - which is backing New York Sen. Hillary Clinton – launched a radio spot in Iowa and New Hampshire attacking the Illinois senator’s health care plan, and revealed plans to create a Web site and send out mailings opposing him.

Meanwhile, Democratic Courage, which was organized just this fall in opposition to Clinton’s White House bid, announced that it had finally raised enough to fund an ad buy on Iowa television attacking her candidacy. The group, which was founded by two supporters of former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards, has also created holiday-themed Web ads attacking Obama.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney got an unwelcome holiday surprise of his own: a new group called American Right to Life launched ads on Iowa cable late last week attacking the Republican presidential candidate’s past position on abortion issues. Nearly 200 spots aired in just a few days – and this week, the group revealed they were planning to triple their ad buy.

And a conservative political action committee called RightMarch.com announced it was launching a mail effort opposing Democrat Hillary Clinton’s presidential candidacy.

Not every candidate got a lump of coal this holiday season. The National Rifle Association – which endorsed Democrat Bill Richardson during his last campaign, for governor of New Mexico – filed FEC paperwork announcing plans for a mailing in support of his presidential bid.

–CNN Associate Political Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand

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  1. Joel, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

    Romney is just another lying, flip-flopping, two-faced pro-abortionist.

    December 26, 2007 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  2. Mark - Findlay, Ohio

    Come on people wake up! There is only one candidate out that that truly believes in the constitutional rights of the people, you know by the people, for the people, while all the other candidates believe in a government by big business for big business. He is the only candidate that will not accept or seek funding by big business because he will not allow them to own him. He is the only candidate who wants to return this great country to beliefs it was founded on and that is Dennis Kucinich, vote your hearts and beliefs and not who the media and big business say you should vote for. Vote Kucinich and return our country to the people!

    December 26, 2007 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  3. Ajay Jain

    "Former" Senator Edward can honk/attack and suggest ALL the programs all he wants from the "outside" and Hillary will get things done from the inside by becoming our President in 2009!

    Thats called a polite political SLAP in the FACE Mr Edwards! Edwards can try all the issues, raise any objection, run all the 527 third party ads, but with public money he is no match for Hillary and/or Obama in 2008.

    Go Hillary44 08! http://hillaryis44.org/

    December 26, 2007 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  4. KES, VIRGINIA

    NO ,MATTER WHAT FOX ARE SAYING TO MIS-LEAD THE IOWA VOTERS I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THAT OBAMA IS ONE STEP LEFT TO MAKE HISTORY=== FOR AMERICA. HE IS THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN RESTORE THE AMERICAN NAME IN THE WORLD AGAIN. HE IS A GIFT TO US FROM THE WORLD. GO FOR OBAMA

    December 27, 2007 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
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