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Pro Hillary 527 Formed to Hit Obama

Wednesday, 20 Feb 2008 01:08 PM

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Democratic insiders have set up a new independent 527 organization called the American Leadership Project (ALP) to help Hillary Clinton beat Barack Obama in Ohio — and possibly Texas and Pennsylvania as well.

The group will use TV ads, mail, and phone communications to target white women under 50 in several Ohio cities, including Cleveland, Columbus, and Youngstown.

If there are any excess funds, ads will also target Latinos in Texas and middle-class families in Pennsylvania, ABC News reports.

ALP has developed three ads promoting the idea that Obama is a talker and not a doer. The ads are called “If speeches could solve problems" -- and while they don’t specifically mention Obama, they will contrast Obama and Clinton on issues of importance to middle-class voters, such as the economy, health care, and the mortgage crisis.

"Our purpose is to encourage audiences to look beyond the campaign speeches and political rhetoric to specific proposals to address these core issues," says an ALP mission statement obtained by ABC News.

Marc Ambinder of The Atlantic said the pro-Clinton 527 is "canvassing Clinton donors for pledges of up to $100,000 in the hope of raising at least $10 million by the end of next week … A Democrat who was briefed on the project said that Pennsylvania attorney William A. K. Titelman is leading the effort to solicit money.”

Among the Democratic insiders running ALP are:

  • Mattis Goldman of SeaChange Media, a former ad maker for Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and others.

  • Paul Rivera, founder of Britton Marcy, LLC, senior political adviser for the 2004 Kerry-Edwards campaign and a Clinton-Gore White House advance staffer from 1994 through 1999.

  • Roger Salazar of Acosta/Salazar LLC, who worked in the Clinton White House from 1994 to 1999 as assistant press secretary. He was national spokesman for then-Sen. John Edwards' 2004 presidential race, and national spokesman and deputy press secretary in Al Gore’s 2000 presidential campaign.

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