April 29th, 2009
08:31 PM ET
14 years ago

Special interests pouring hundreds of millions into TV ads

(CNN) - President Obama cited energy concerns and healthcare reform Thursday night as two of the top priorities that he will address in the coming months - and special interest groups have already zeroed in on those issues.

So far in 2009, $250 million has been spent on television commercials in an effort to help influence the debate on these and other items on the legislative agenda, according to Campaign Media Analysis Group. Evan Tracey, CMAG's chief operating officer, points out that issue ads on energy alone account for $110 million of the $250 million figure.

soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. SLM

    What a waste of money. Too bad they couldn't put it to better use. Still trying to understand why most on these blogs think it is the governments responsibility to take care of them. Healthcare reform should be the availability of affordable Health insurance for all, to purchase, it shouldn't be free. When something is "Free" it loses it's value.

    April 29, 2009 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  2. Texas Teacher

    And are we really surprised? Come now... this is exactly what one would expect from the special interests. They have been lobbying just this way forever! Now they are feeling threatened... and I hope rightly so... so of course, they are going to pull out the heavy guns! We just have to use our brains, and CNN has to be aware that we voted for Barack Obama because we are sick of these very same Special Interest groups! Making the changes that need to be made will not be cheap... but they can only bring a worth while return. Obama has only been in office for 100 days. Bush had 8 years to screw up this country on all levels.... let's give Obama a little over 100 days to clean up the mess he inherited from the Bush/CHENEY administration!

    April 29, 2009 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  3. S Callahan

    Well, we knew this would happen....funny thing though..it's Spring and there will be lots less watching the tv's....

    April 29, 2009 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  4. Dan, TX

    Excellent stimulus for advertising agencies and outlets. Fantastic.

    April 29, 2009 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |

    If the special interest groups can raise this much money to zero in on these topics, they can also help to pay down some of this deficit.

    Some things just never made since in this country and I have lived here all of my life.

    April 29, 2009 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  6. Andi

    Just mute the TV when a commercial comes on.

    SLM: 'When something is "Free" it loses it's value"....like, air and water, eh?

    April 29, 2009 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  7. Andi

    I forgot. It will work in the "I seen it on the TV so I know it's true" districts.

    April 29, 2009 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  8. kl

    Free health care works great for Canada and France,why cant it work for the U.S. the same way?Create your own jobs and stop complaining.

    April 29, 2009 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  9. Joe Tucson

    For this reason I give this President and Janet Napolitano an F fail. And fail bad! They had the interest groups pour in tons of money that they took for this. Because the American people got sold down the river again. Just enforce current laws on the books. Deport all Illegals that invaded this country.

    April 29, 2009 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  10. Mitch

    What percentage of that money comes from the special interests who stand to lose if we finally join the rest of the developed world and support universal, affordable health care? Our ridiculous health care system delivered through employers is strangling business... and as a result, people are dying... figuratively and literally! Health care reform this year!

    April 29, 2009 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  11. Alex

    Why don't you tell us which health insurance and which oil companies are spending money to propagandize the population against progressive health care or energy policies? And maybe tell us when their reps/lobbyists are going to be on CNN, along with Dr. Gupta?

    April 29, 2009 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |