Amendment Supporters Hit the Airwaves

This week we learned that amendment supporters are running radio and TV ads. The radio ads started this week on Monday, and the TV ads apparently begin next Monday.

Various amendment supporters have said in the past that they would not be running any ads because they don't have the money. As early as Monday, Rep. Mark Gundrum said on the Charlie Sykes show, "We have zero dollars to be putting ads on TV."

Julaine Appling and Lorri Pickens from Vote Yes for Marriage have repeatedly told reporters and supporters at their events that they did not have plans to run ads.

It isn't a coincidence that they waited until now. Because they almost certainly paid for the ads after Monday, Oct. 23rd, this means this expenditure--and where the money came from--will not show up on the campaign finance filing due to the state Elections Board by the end of the day on Monday. The 23rd was the last day of the filing period. After the 30th, the campaigns must file every 24 hours, but those reports are likely to get much less scrutiny.

Here's what we know so far about the actual contents of their ads and where they're running.

An ad has been running statewide on radio stations. It contains at least one completely false piece of information: it says there is a gay marriage lawsuit about to make its way to the Wisconsin Supreme Court. There is no such lawsuit. You can listen to the ad here. (The music sounds like it's straight out of a horror movie.)

We know for sure they are beginning to air TV ads next Monday for sure in Green Bay, Eau Claire/La Crosse, and Milwaukee, and most likely statewide.

Because we have amazing supporters in every nook and cranny of this state, we also learned today that they intend to use paid actors for their commercials.

At least one potential theme of their ad is showing children who wonder what their future will be like if Wisconsin fails to "protect marriage." It's interesting that they have to pay people to act this out. None of our commercials use actors; they show real Wisconsinites.

All of these developments are a sign that supporters of the amendment are scared. They know that we are running a serious campaign to win, and they can't ignore that it's getting very close.

We've asked for your help many times, but if you can contribute again, it would be a huge help to us in this final stretch as we try to stay on the air and keep talking to voters. You can donate here to make sure our voice continues to be heard.

10 Comments:

At 4:46 PM, Blogger Jenn said...

There's no gay marriage lawsuit "jeopardizing the tradition of marriage"? Then how in the world can they get away with outwardly stating there is? If this is in fact a boldface lie, they've really stooped to new lows.

 
At 5:03 PM, Anonymous keith said...

I'm with Jenn. What is the proper procedure for dealing with lies in ads?

It seems that we've done a respectable job of addressing Gundrum's lies and Fitz's lies in news releases... A tit for a tat. They issue a release with a lie. We issue a release with the truth, and the media by and large do their job and ignore both news releases and move on to the next reality show.

But ads get air time, unlike news releases. And our ads have been pretty much unnoticed.

If we cannot buy airtime with ads that address the lies directly, can we rely on the media who make money from the ads to call for the Truth?

 
At 5:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

WHen these ads do show up - Flood the media to do their job - investigate and report.

 
At 5:52 PM, Blogger Joshua Freker said...

Interesting to see that the "Vote Yes" radio ads obtained by WisPolitics today have different language. I don't know if they changed the language because of scrutiny...or if they're still running the ad we posted on the blog. If you are out there and hear any of them, let us know. The ads are apparently running on several talk radio stations, as well as some FM music stations, like 106.7 FM out of Chetek (country music).

I'll post the links to the ads on WisPolitics as an update to the blog.

 
At 5:55 PM, Blogger Joshua Freker said...

It appears the Vote Yes side may be using a very different lawsuit to stoke fears. There is one lawsuit filed by gay state employees seeking equal health insurance coverage. From my understanding, it goes out of its way to say it's not about gay marriage or civil unions. It's about equal treatment in compensation for state employees. That's a far, far cry from a marriage lawsuit.

 
At 7:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard, and double-checked to be sure, that the ad says "gay rights lawsuit", not "gay marriage lawsuit".

I think there is a pending lawsuit regarding UW Domestic Partner Benefits which makes that claim "not untrue" but it still prods listeners to believe that we're moments away from becoming "West Massachusetts" and that "the sky is falling as we speak". Shameful...

Hopefully this round of mudslinging propels our lead to 13 points as Mark Green's mudslinging has done for Jim Doyle!

 
At 10:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Check the link in this blog post. It does indeed say "gay marriage lawsuit." The ad linked on the WisPolitics site says "gay rights lawsuit."

 
At 11:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Indeed it does: I stand corrected...

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Anonymous said...

I heard, and double-checked to be sure, that the ad says "gay rights lawsuit", not "gay marriage lawsuit".

I think there is a pending lawsuit regarding UW Domestic Partner Benefits which makes that claim "not untrue" but it still prods listeners to believe that we're moments away from becoming "West Massachusetts" and that "the sky is falling as we speak". Shameful...

Hopefully this round of mudslinging propels our lead to 13 points as Mark Green's mudslinging has done for Jim Doyle!

 
At 3:07 PM, Blogger Nancy said...

Bush says he supports civil unions for Gays, see this:

http://time.blogs.com/daily_dish/2006/10/bush_backs_civi.html

The hypocrisy is astounding.

 
At 11:12 AM, Anonymous Joel said...

Wisconsin cannot have this ammendment fail! It must pass and it will. Y'all are scared because it has passed with a majority of the vote in every state that has had a referendum and it will continue to do so. The people of this country do not want gay marriage. It is bad for families, it is bad for children, it is bad for the economy, it is wrong for this state, and it is wrong for this country.
On November 7th, please vote "Yes" for Wisconsin families and "Yes" to traditional marriage.

 

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