Moveon Takes Their Charlie Black Ad National
We previously showed you the clip here at The Silo of the web ad. The national cable ad is similar. Here is part of the release:
New TV Ad Exposes McCain’s Lobbyist Ties,
Calls For McCain to Fire Chief Advisor Charlie Black
A new national television ad calls on John McCain to fire his chief campaign advisor, lobbyist Charlie Black. The MoveOn.org Political Action ad, which will start running tomorrow, comes on the heels of five McCain staff resignations in the past two weeks due to past lobbying ties to foreign governments and interests, and conflicts of interest.
The television ad follows a similar Web video and will air nationally on cable. The ad is based on a video, viewable here: http://pol.moveon.org/charlieblack/video.html.
Charlie Black, one of John McCain’s top advisers, ran the lobbying firm BKSH & Associates, which represented brutal dictators like Ferdinand Marcos in the Philippines and Mobutu Sese Seko in Zaire and rebel leader Jonas Savimbi in Angola. Black also profited off the war in Iraq by representing firms such as Blackwater and Iraqi fraudster Ahmed Chalabi. Working with Chalabi, Black’s firm helped promote the lie, later repeated by the Bush Administration, that the Hussein regime possessed weapons of mass destruction.
In the past week, multiple members of John McCain’s senior campaign staff were forced to resign after revelations of past lobbying work on behalf of countries like Burma’s brutal military dictatorship and Saudi Arabia.
John McCain’s campaign is run by over 100 lobbyists representing foreign and corporate interests, and the Senator is under increasing scrutiny for his ties to an industry he claims to scorn.
"John McCain’s claim that he’ll change Washington is tough to believe when his campaign is run by some of the most infamous lobbyists in the industry, most notably Charlie Black," said Eli Pariser, Executive Director of MoveOn.org. "If the American people can’t trust John McCain’s judgment on who runs his campaign, how can we trust him to run our country?"
MoveOn.org members flooded John McCain’s presidential headquarters with thousands of calls over the last 24 hours demanding that the candidate fire Charlie Black.