Posted by AzBlueMeanie:
The Arizona Republic reported in Political tidbits today:
TV ads are beginning to flood the airwaves in one of the hottest congressional campaigns in the country: the race in southern Arizona to fill the remaining months of former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' term.
The National Republican Congressional Committee threw the first punch Thursday.
A GOP official confirmed that the NRCC plans to place $150,000 worth of ads on TV in the Tucson area by today. The commercials would run for two weeks.
Thursday afternoon, a Democratic official said the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee would match the TV buy. The $150,000 worth of ads would begin within 48 hours.
UPDATE: More from the National Journal, DCCC Going Up on TV in Arizona's 8th District.
You won't hear anyone in the corporate media complain -- they are the end recipients of all this ad buy cash. There are going to be some huge Christmas bonuses later this year at the media conglomerates.
UPDATE: With the Federal Communications Commission set to vote Friday on whether to require broadcasters to post political ad data online, the industry has been scrambling to water down the proposed rule. Broadcaster's last-ditch push to hide political ad ad data | Pro Publica:
The data is currently available only on paper at TV stations. We've been tracking the flurry of lobbying against the rule by big media companies, including the owners of many of the nation's largest news outlets. In the latest development, Communications Daily reported earlier this week that the FCC has become more receptive to the industry's attempts to soften the proposed rule.
The exact contents of the rule may be in flux until the vote on Friday, and we won't get a look at the text of the rule itself until sometime after the vote. Those who follow the FCC closely say that while we will likely know the broad outlines of the rule on Friday, the exact text is sometimes not completed and released until days or even weeks after a vote.