Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Feingold Reelection Ad Wins Award

No big news, but this was just an interesting tidbit I found on the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's website under the heading "Awards in Business:

Eichenbaum/Associates' commercial "Morph" for U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) won top honors in the television category at the 2005 Pollie Awards.

I just think that's good news because, as much as we may wish it didn't, advertising plays a major role in politics, and clever ads have been important to progressive triumphs like the election and reelection of Senator Feingold and the late Paul Wellstone.

You can watch-or if your computer is horribly old and slow like mine, read transcripts of-the "Morph" ad, as well as all the rest of Senator Feingold's 2004 ads, and a few older ones, here at his reelection website.

I'm sure that'll be entertaining and educational for those of you with good computers!



At 7:45 AM, Blogger Jerry Troiano said...

I always liked the "tough questions" ad. One of the first things i would tell people when talking about the Senator was how good his campaign commercials were.

At 2:29 PM, Blogger whodat527 said...

I completely agree. I thought the "Tough Questions" ad was fantastic and the best of the bunch. I also really liked "Rubber Stamp," "Focus," and "Made in the USA." Russ definitely needs took to keep that adverstising agency when he runs for president. The ads were not your typical cookie cutter politcal commercials.

At 8:45 PM, Blogger Dan K. said...

I read through a couple of the transcripts, and I agree: "Tough Questions" was really funny. I also really enjoyed the "Honor Roll" one with his daughter, Ellen; most ads featuring a politican's family are corny, but that one made me laugh.

At 9:37 PM, Blogger whodat527 said...

I found this article about the Senator Feingold's appearance on Q&A. According to the article, Russ has already filed a document with the FEC to start the PAC he was discussing on the progam. It looks like he is pretty serious about running.

Feingold talks about bid for White House

By Brian Tumulty
Post-Crescent Washington bureau

WASHINGTON — You might have missed it.

In fact, an estimated 86 million Americans were watching the Super Bowl on Sunday night when Sen. Russ Feingold appeared on a little-watched cable network talking about the possibility of running for president in 2008.

“I didn’t decide to do it at that time,” Wisconsin’s junior Democratic senator explained Wednesday. “I just agreed to be on the program.”

Most of Feingold’s hour-long talk with host Brian Lamb on the C-Span show “Q and A” focused on his Senate career. But the taped program also marked his first in-depth exposure on national television as a Democrat considering a run for the White House.

How serious is he?

Feingold filed a document with the Federal Election Commission on Jan. 21 establishing the Progressive Patriots PAC. This leadership committee, soon to be renamed the Progressive Patriot Fund, will finance his travel around the country as he gauges public interest in his possible candidacy. The committee already has received between $2,000 and $5,000 in contributions, according to George Aldrich, who managed Feingold’s Senate campaign last year.

Feingold’s Senate campaign committee, which has several hundred thousand dollars left over from 2004, and the new leadership fund paid for his recent visit to Florida.

There he spoke to more than a half-dozen groups, including Democratic partisans at Stetson University in DeLand, a bipartisan audience at the Tiger Bay Club in Daytona Beach and law students at the University of Miami.

“It was a very good experience,” he said. “Even though there were a lot of Democrats very disappointed by the election, they were ready to go. They are really hungry for us to try and turn this around.”

On Sunday’s program and during an interview Wednesday with Gannett News Service, Feingold stressed that it’s too soon for Democrats to begin selecting a candidate for 2008.

Instead, party officials and lawmakers need to travel the country and listen to the concerns of average citizens.

“I want to have people talk to me and show that Democrats are willing to listen first,” said Feingold.

He rebuffed as premature a suggestion that he might try to visit every state and mimic his annual practice of holding listening sessions in all 72 counties of Wisconsin.

For now, Feingold said his travel would depend on the invitations he receives.

Next month he will be in Alabama to honor an invitation from Greenville Mayor Dexter McLendon, who wants the senator from Wisconsin to see more of the city than the rundown sections he mentioned in an opinion piece in December.

A Harvard-educated lawyer, Feingold successfully ran for re-election last year on a platform of voting against the Iraq war authorization that Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry supported and for the $87 billion supplemental funding that Kerry opposed.

Feingold was the only senator to vote against the law that gave law enforcement officials new authority to gather private information to combat terrorism.

As the lesser-known partner of the Senate duo that spearheaded the bipartisan campaign finance reform law known as McCain-Feingold, he joked on the show that Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., “likes to say that back in Wisconsin, people say my first name is McCain.”

At 9:45 PM, Blogger whodat527 said...

There's also a transcript of a recent interview with Russ at

At 5:38 PM, Blogger Direwolf said...

Good ads. Thanks for the link. We have been on the short end of the stick on advertising for too long. Sad to say but a history of good ads is actually a requirement to get my vote.

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