Campaign Cash: Negative Ads Target Pro-Choice Candidates
Business groups shelling out dough to protect their interests are also affecting crucial social issues like abortion.
Some of the most prolific, unrelenting and negative ads that have swamped the airwaves this election season have been aimed at prominent pro-choice candidates, writes Sharon Johnson at Women's eNews -- particularly those ads attacking California Senator Barbara Boxer's, a stalwart champion of women's rights in Washington:
But the nail-biting race in California between Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer, who is trying to defend her seat against Republican challenger Carly Fiorina, the billionaire anti-choice former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, is attracting some of the biggest money.
From Sept. 1 through Oct. 10, business groups and conservative organizations spent more than $4 million on round-the-clock TV ads and mailings attacking Boxer's support on everything from the federal stimulus program to environmental restrictions on oil companies.
Outside groups have spent about $121,000 helping Boxer attack her opponents, according to The Associated Press.
It's not exactly a fair balance. Johnson mentions other pro-choice candidates who are similarly under siege, including senators Russ Feingold and Patty Murray, and a number of representatives who rode in on the Obama wave and are now in trouble.
Groups like NARAL and Emily's List are desperately trying to step up their own contributions to help candidates who support a woman's right to choose, but as Johnson writes, "The Citizens United decision has given business groups a tremendous advantage in courting voters."
Read the full story at Women's eNews.