POLITICS (National): Super PAC's, unwelcome unconventional advertising?: "Super PACs' spending isn't always welcomed by candidates they support" ....
* Washington Post: "Super PACs' spending isn't always welcomed by candidates they support" - From the WP:
If you are a candidate in a close race, you might think it is a good thing when a big outside group starts spending millions on your behalf. And yet, Jeff Link, an adviser to Iowa’s Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate, Rep. Bruce Braley, sounded ambivalent about an unconventional new ad that a liberal environmental super PAC has put up against Braley’s Republican opponent, Joni Ernst. “Time will tell,” Link said. “I don’t know. I don’t know if they tested it. I don’t know what’s coming next. I know as much as you do.”
The 60-second spot by former hedge fund manager Tom Steyer’s NextGen Climate has a lot of people in Iowa scratching their heads. Is it edgy, or just weird?
The ad is the opening salvo in what NextGen says will be a $2.6 million effort — huge by Iowa standards. It looks as if it could be a trailer for next season’s “House of Cards,” with a little “Pulp Fiction” thrown in. Dimly lit, slow moving and shot with Hollywood-quality production values, the ad features two corporate bad guys chuckling over the fact that Ernst has taken a no-new-taxes pledge. Smoke fills the air. One of them opens a briefcase.
What does all of this mean? And does it have anything to do with the environment? The end of the ad promises, “To be continued . . .”
“It’s billionaires fighting with billionaires — Tom Steyer fighting with the Koch brothers,” said David Kochel, a veteran Iowa political consultant who has informally advised Ernst. “People cannot relate to what they’re talking about in that ad. It’s drawn up by people who’ve spent their entire lives in Washington and just don’t get what the real experiences and lives of people are. It’s so completely out of touch and so far-fetched that it’ll never work. It’s a huge waste of money.”
That remains to be seen, but the frustration and confusion many campaigns are feeling about outside spending — even by their allies — are certain........................