Thursday, July 31, 2008

'A nasty turn'

automat --

As we face the fundraising deadline at midnight tonight, I want you to know what we are up against.

Less than 24 hours ago, the McCain campaign launched the latest and lowest in a series of misleading attack ads.

This Karl Rove-style ploy misleads people about Barack's energy plan and even mocks his ability to inspire voters and bring Americans back into the political process.

Watchdogs in the media are calling McCain's accusations "bogus," "desperate," "wrong," "misleading," "ugly," "offensive," "reckless," and "a nasty turn into the gutter."

Some in McCain's own party are critical of the ad. One senior Republican strategist quoted by the Washington Post called the latest ad a "wild swing at Obama" that reflects his campaign's "increasing bitterness" and the lack of "any coherent strategy to elect McCain."

Even John Weaver, a strategist who worked for McCain's presidential campaign in 2000 and on his current campaign last year, called the ad "childish," adding that this negative strategy "diminishes John McCain" and "needs to stop."

But we will not let any attack stand. Barack himself responded quickly and forcefully, and within hours our campaign created a response ad to take the Republican smear tactics head-on.

Make a donation of $5 or more now to get our response on the air and show the McCain campaign that there is a cost to this kind of negative politics.

Watch the Ad and Donate Before the Deadline

Your support will also give this campaign a crucial boost in momentum as we fight for Democrats up and down the ballot and in every single state. For the first time in a generation, we are putting offices and staff in all 50 states. And we can't do it without your support.

With the election less than 100 days away, media pundits and Washington insiders will be watching our fundraising numbers more closely than ever. The Republican National Committee and John McCain finished last month with $100 million in the bank. We need to close the gap.

In the face of these new attacks, you can help demonstrate that a movement funded by grassroots supporters giving only what they can afford is ready to take on the Republican fundraising machine and its onslaught of negativity.

There are only hours left to make an impact in July.

Watch the new ad and make a donation of $5 or more before the midnight deadline.

Thanks,

David

David Plouffe
Campaign Manager
Obama for America

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