(CNN) - The conservative group Judicial Confirmation Network is launching a new television ad in key battleground states Wednesday that in part features Barack Obama's ties to the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the controversial pastor who nearly derailed the Illinois senator's presidential bid last spring.
The independent ad is the first campaign spot in the general election to highlight Obama's lengthy relationship with Wright, a subject that generated considerable media scrutiny during the primary season but one John McCain has said should not be an issue in the race for the White House.
The ad also ties Obama to William Ayers and Tony Rezko - two prominent and controversial figures in Chicago. Ayers, a University of Chicago professor, was a founder of the 1960's radical group Weatherman that claimed responsibility for bombing the Pentagon. Rezko is a real estate developer convicted earlier this year of mail fraud, attempted extortion and money laundering who helped Obama secure a property in Chicago. Both men have been longtime supporters of Obama's political career, but the Illinois senator has said he is not close to either one of them.
Earlier: McCain says Ayers connection 'open to question'
A spokeswoman for the group says more than $500,000 is being spent on the ad, which is set to run in Ohio and Michigan markets through Election Day. It will also run nationally on Fox News during the upcoming debates.
The organization is classified as a 501(c)4, and as such does not have to disclose its donors to the Federal Election Commission. it's the second 501(c)4 to launch an ad attacking Obama Wednesday — Veterans for Freedom, which opposes his position on the war in Iraq, is spending more than $2 million on an ad taking aim at the Illinois senator.
"Choosing the right justices is critical for America," the ad's announcer states. "We don't know who Barack Obama would choose, but we know this: He chose as one of his first financial backers a slumlord now convicted on 16 counts of corruption. Obama chose as an associate a man who helped to bomb the Pentagon and said he ‘didn't do enough.’ And Obama chose as his pastor a man who has blamed America for the 9/11 attacks.
"Obama chose to associate with these men, while voting against these men," the announcer also says, as images of current Supreme Court Justices John Roberts and Samuel Alito are shown.
The group, which advocates naming conservative justices to the bench, says the ad is part of a $1 million grassroots campaign to "to raise awareness and recruit activists on the critical issue of the U.S. Supreme Court." The campaign will also include an extensive outreach effort including direct mail, e-mail, and text messaging.
I can not believe we are back to the desperate republican tactics. PALIN is an IDIOT. I am discussed with the christian right and I am a ministers wife. I pray daily for the people of America to vote with their intelligents. I know why people turn away from GOD it is the christian right GOD save us and them.
This speech is no match for Sara Palin's pastor's sermon about
Alaska being a refuge in the last days, and witch hunting. This woman is far more scarier than Rev. Wright. And besides, when I go to fill my
gas tank up at $4.00 a gallon, Rev. Wright is not standing at the pump,
but the republican ghost is. They are the one's we should fear.
Palin is anti-woman, bans books, no foreign policy credentials, and
a threat to our national security. This is what can REALLY hurt Americans
and for this they should be fearful.
You are kiddingme with this recycled nonsense. C'mon moveon.org-let's get down and dirty.
Well, it looks like my comment didn't make it....
I just want to say that again to all of my fellow supporters of Barack Obama, I LOVE YOU GUYS!
You give me hope for the future. YOU are the ones that I have been waiting for. You prove that YES, WE CAN! SI SE PUEDE!!
We need to stay focused and continue to WORK in order to elect Obama to the office of POTUS!
There is only one thing I am concerned about, and that is the future, and the only way that we are going to make it is TOGETHER
VOTE FOR DEMOCRATS
VOTE FOR OBAMA
NOT THIS TIME!!
Just another sad attempt by McCain and his piss poor decision makings.
As a former GOP voter I am sad that I voted for Bush both years and cannot support McCain because of Palin. She is a disaster.
NO FOREIGN POLICY EXPERIENCE IS DANGEROUS AND PALIN HAS NEVER SEEN RUSSIA.
Yawn.....haven't we seen this movie before?......and by the way, thanks Hillary....we won't forget you.
Hillary already tried this one, as well as "Joe six-pack."
Huckabee's premiere was pathetic - Wright and Ferraro. He's gonna sink, too.
Same old (and I emphasize OLD in regard to McSame), crap! No one is surprised though. We were all wondering when the swift boat would come roaring back.
Now they are getting desperate
I think most folks are over Rev. Wright though
Obama distanced himself from the nut jobs he accidentally came across in his life time.
McCain put his nut jobs on his campaign team and on the ticket as his running mate!
Try again you neocon world domination hitler youth republicans, it's not working this time!! We are kicking you out on your hiney's, and it will be worse the more you try to lie!
Obama '08: The ability to lead, the wisdom to change, the plan to succeed
That is sooooo predictable!!!
Its about time O was held to the ground on his ties with these people. I guess it is about time his chickens came home to roost.
Yes, the GOP definitely needs to stick to the issues.
2 words: Keating Five.
Jeez John, what a slimeball you are.
Haha!! McCain is using his final grenade, he has NOTHING! No Idea's, No Solutions, No Leadership. John your a small, small, little man...
DESPERATE TIMES CALL FOR DESPERATE MEASURES... TACTICS!!!
The McLame camp will do anything to get elected. People are smarter than this, it worked with Bush but not this time idiots!!! FEAR MONGERING WILL NOT WORK THIS TIME!!
The McSame camp has no campaign, no substance so they go negative and try FEAR MONGERING! IT WON'T WORK!! PEOPLE ARE SMARTER THAN YOU GIVE THEM CREDIT FOR.
Swiftboating is the Republican way. The party is full of rich white men who will do anything to win. Just look at the corporate board rooms of this country. It is these fat cats who have walked away with millions of golden parachute dollars before their companies tanked. Shame on these greedy ole-boys. They are the biggest terrorist group in America today.
Desperate GOP idiots are scraping the bottom of the barrel. They have no dignity, and therefore deserve no respect. McCain has lost this campaign.
John McCain knows that he can't win. Palin's fifteen minutes are up. So here comes the desperation ads!
Let's talk about Mr. McCains infidelity to his first wife, and Cindy McCains adultry when she beded down with John. If the McCain people (Carl Rove) want to open up the judgment of each canidate based on thier personal lies, thn this is fair game as well.
This is too obvious. It's going to backfire.
Vile lies from Republican racist-hate NAZI's.
Real Americans won't fall for this. Its a foul stink that will blow over, just hold your nose.