AIP emerged on the scene in August, airing controversial anti-Obama ads in four battleground states -- Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan -- that sought to raise questions about his ties to William Ayers, a member of the Vietnam War-era radical group known as the Weathermen. The ad was sponsored entirely -- at a cost of more than $2 million -- by Harold Simmons, a Dallas-based businessman who also helped fund the Swift boat activities four years ago.
The new group was launched by Chris LaCivita, who was intimately involved in the Swift boat campaign, and Tony Feather, one of the co-founders of Progress for America, which spent tens of millions backing Bush in 2004.
According to sources familiar with AIP, it has secured significant financial backing from a handful of major donors and is planning more ads like the Ayers commercial in the weeks between now and Election Day.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Sarcoxie native involved in group launching attack ads against Obama
Sarcoxie native Tony Feather, who rose to political prominence as an aide to Attorney General Bill Webster and has since risen to national prominence, is involved in a group preparing to launch a series of attack ads against Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, according to an article in today's Washington Post: