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CNNMoney: Debit card fee battle heats upupdated: Tue Mar 15 2011 06:32:00

The battle to sway hearts and minds over debit card swipe fees is heating up fast on radio waves, in Capitol Hill newspapers and even on subway cars throughout the nation's capitol.

Dirtiest campaign ads of 2010updated: Wed Oct 27 2010 05:26:00

There were some low blows delivered in campaign ads this election year, and Tom Foreman has the worst of the worst.

Graphic anti-abortion ads air on Washington stationsupdated: Wed Oct 27 2010 05:26:00

A disturbingly graphic political ad is airing on local stations in Washington this week -- and stations are telling viewers there's nothing they can do to prevent it.

Meeks, Crist debate Obama agendaupdated: Wed Oct 20 2010 02:07:00

Florida Senate candidates debate the issues and their support for President Obama's agenda.

Preston on Politics: Vegas airwaves cluttered with political adsupdated: Wed Oct 20 2010 02:07:00

Pick up a television remote control in your Las Vegas, Nevada, hotel room today and you are guaranteed to find a program to teach you how to play craps, blackjack and roulette as well as be inundated with 30-second messages about who to vote for in the Nov. 2 election.

Record spending on political adsupdated: Wed Sep 08 2010 08:01:00

CNN's Tom Foreman takes a look at some of the more interesting political ads hitting the airwaves this year.

Obama missing from Democrats' campaign adsupdated: Wed Sep 08 2010 08:01:00

In 2008, Democratic candidates peppered campaign ads with images, video and audio of then-presidential candidate Barack Obama.

Fortune: The $4 billion election: A few media companies are set to feast on 2010 political adsupdated: Thu Feb 04 2010 14:39:00

The midterm elections are nine months away, but it's not too early to begin handicapping them -- from a dollars and cents vantage point, that is.

CNNMoney: $600 million spent to influence health care debateupdated: Wed Nov 18 2009 09:37:00

The price tag to influence the health care debate in the halls of Congress has surpassed $600 million and is fast becoming a legislative record breaker.

CNNMoney: Health care lobbying: Political power machineupdated: Sun Sep 13 2009 06:47:00

The fight over health care overhaul is on track to be the most expensive issue ever to hit the hallways of Congress.

Steinhauser's political reportupdated: Thu Oct 30 2008 08:20:00

Both major candidates battle in Florida today. Plus, Barack Obama buys lots of prime time TV space. Paul Steinhauser reports.

30-minute Obama ad shows campaign muscleupdated: Thu Oct 30 2008 08:20:00

Sen. Barack Obama's 30-minute TV ad, which ran simultaneously on broadcast and cable networks at 8 p.m. ET Wednesday, is muscle-flexing that has little precedent, a campaign advertising expert said.

Final days of electionupdated: Thu Oct 23 2008 17:30:00

Larry King talks with panelists about the latest uproar about Gov. Palin and their thoughts going into the election.

GOP argument: Don't give President Obama a blank checkupdated: Thu Oct 23 2008 17:30:00

A new Republican ad appears to suggest that Barack Obama has all but won the presidential race, an argument several vulnerable Senate Republicans may have to reluctantly embrace with only days until Election Day, an expert in campaign advertising said.

Both campaigns spending about the same on negative adsupdated: Sun Oct 12 2008 13:14:00

The race for the White House is being waged in the final weeks in American living rooms through a blitz of negative campaign commercials.

Campaigns air negative adsupdated: Sun Oct 12 2008 13:14:00

While John McCain digs at Barack Obama's connection with Bill Ayers, Obama is firing back at McCain for his tax plan.

Independent groups are new power in political adsupdated: Tue Oct 07 2008 17:59:00

Pundits may have spent the year declaring the passing of the 527 era, but the view from primary states this month is beginning to make the reports of that death look just a bit premature.

A fuel-injected electionupdated: Fri Aug 08 2008 09:26:00

A new batch of campaign ads aim to convince voters that candidates have the answers to U.S. energy problems.

Energy crisis is fuel-injecting election up and down the ballotupdated: Fri Aug 08 2008 09:26:00

Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell blames challenger Bruce Lunsford for the increase in the state's gas tax. Michigan Rep. John Dingell pledges to stop price gouging and rein in energy speculators.

Campaigns take to the airwavesupdated: Wed Jun 25 2008 16:38:00

Preston on Politics talks to CNN TV advertising consultant Evan Tracey about the candidates' TV campaign strategies.

Will Obama's name help a Republican senator?updated: Wed Jun 25 2008 16:38:00

Sen. Barack Obama's name is likely to help several Democratic candidates down ballot, but what about a Republican?

Preston on Politics: Obama's 'Shock and Awe'updated: Tue Jun 24 2008 07:48:00

Barack Obama's decision to forgo public financing for his presidential campaign provides him with the tools needed to implement a "Shock and Awe" television ad strategy designed to paralyze John McCain's campaign, an expert on political TV advertising said in an interview with CNN.

Republicans use Obama as the bad guy in negative adsupdated: Sun May 04 2008 21:22:00

Is Sen. Barack Obama the new Sen. Ted Kennedy, Sen. Hillary Clinton or former House Speaker Newt Gingrich? For Republican candidates and political ad makers, the White House hopeful might very well be.

America Votes 2008updated: Sun Apr 27 2008 09:22:00

CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser goes over today's big stories on the campaign trail.

Ad wars: Obama buys more, Clinton sets tempoupdated: Sun Apr 27 2008 09:22:00

When it comes to campaign commercials, Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are going where no candidate has gone before.

White House hopefuls burn millions on Super Tuesday adsupdated: Fri Feb 01 2008 18:26:00

With just days to make last-minute pitches to voters in two dozen states, the presidential candidates are pouring millions into television advertising before Super Tuesday.

$40 million spent to tout candidates on Iowa TVupdated: Tue Jan 01 2008 18:15:00

Iowa's 2.3 million eligible voters have been bombarded with close to $40 million worth of political ads on television this cycle -- more than three times the amount spent there in 2004.

Iowans prepare for caucusupdated: Tue Jan 01 2008 18:15:00

Five generations of an Iowa family say they plan to participate in the Iowa caucuses for the first time.

Romney spending $85,000-plus a day on TV adsupdated: Tue Nov 13 2007 14:02:00

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has spent $10.2 million on television advertising this year -- a record amount at this point in a presidential campaign -- according to new data provided to CNN.

Political television advertising to reach $3 billion updated: Mon Oct 15 2007 11:27:00

A wide-open presidential race and a willingness by candidates, interest groups, unions and corporations to buy TV time will lead to historic spending for political and issue-advocacy advertising in the 2008 election cycle, an analysis shows.

$3 billion for campaign adsupdated: Mon Oct 15 2007 11:27:00

CNN's Tom Foreman reports on the record spending expected in the 2008 campaign's TV political ad wars.

Romney's record-setting ad strategy appears to pay offupdated: Wed Oct 03 2007 11:52:00

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Sen. John McCain are marking "firsts" in their bids for the Republican presidential nomination.

Court decision puts 'issue ads' back into '08 raceupdated: Mon Jun 25 2007 18:06:00

The Supreme Court's reversal of federal limits on independent political advertising has the potential to add "another X factor" to an already-unpredictable 2008 presidential race, one campaign finance analyst said Monday.

CNNMoney: Politics: Off year, on the moneyupdated: Mon Jun 25 2007 02:19:00

There typically aren't a lot of political advertisements in odd years since there aren't any Congressional races and no presidential election. But this odd year is shaping up to be a bit odder than the most.

CNNMoney: TV political ad spending hits recordupdated: Thu Nov 02 2006 11:53:00

It's been business as usual when it comes to political advertising this year: the nastier the better.

CNNMoney: Election ad spending hits $515Mupdated: Fri Nov 11 2005 07:44:00

Elections and political issue spots hit a record $515 million this year, according to a news report Friday.

CNNMoney: White House race: Reno cashes inupdated: Tue Oct 12 2004 09:30:00

Had enough of presidential politics yet?

Campaigns turn to Internet for political adsupdated: Mon May 17 2004 16:32:00

Want to watch John Kerry morph into a cicada?

For campaigns, ads are must-see TVupdated: Mon Apr 26 2004 16:01:00

Television advertising is the biggest single expenditure of a presidential campaign, a way for candidates to beam a message straight into living rooms without interference from the pesky press.

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