campaign advertisements http://michiganradio.org en Could the Supreme Court stop lies in political ads? http://michiganradio.org/post/could-supreme-court-stop-lies-political-ads <p></p><p>The political campaign ad season is upon us. We’ve already seen the first trickle of ads here in Michigan, but we know the spigot is barely open at this point.</p><p>And, this brings us to an interesting court case out of Ohio that will be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court in just over a month. At issue is whether a state can preemptively enforce a ban on a supposedly false and misleading political advertisement.</p><p>This started when the Republican independent committee the Susan B. Anthony List wanted to put up a billboard that accused an Ohio congressman of supporting taxpayer-funded abortions. The Congressman cried foul under an Ohio law that forbids knowingly or recklessly making false or misleading statements about candidates.</p><p>The billboard never went up after the congressman threatened to file a legal complaint. But the Susan B. Anthony List and some other groups challenged the law. That lawsuit was dismissed on a technicality and that was upheld by the U.S Sixth. Circuit Court of Appeals – of which Michigan is a part. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 18:41:11 +0000 Zoe Clark & Rick Pluta 16933 at http://michiganradio.org Could the Supreme Court stop lies in political ads? Stateside for Monday, November 18th, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-monday-november-18th-2013 <p>When we talk about Detroit's bankruptcy filing, the point seems to almost always be made that this is historic. That Detroit is the largest city in U.S. history to seek bankruptcy protection. But, that was almost not the case. In the mid 1970's New York City was on the brink of financial crisis. On today's show: What can Detroit learn from New York's comeback?</p><p>And, as of today, the University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers will no longer sell sugar-sweetened drinks. It's a not-too-subtle push to get healthy, but is it taking away our choice as a consumer? Is it going too far?</p><p>Also, t<span style="line-height: 1.5;">he Michigan Women's Hall of Fame has just announced its latest list of inductees. We took a closer look at one of these influential Michigan women.</span></p><p>First on the show,&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Republicans in Lansing are split over whether people who bankroll so-called “issue ads” should be allowed to remain anonymous.</span></p><p>Issue ads attack or support politicians or causes without using what are called “magic words" like “vote for” or "oppose." Unlike campaign ads, the money behind issue ads can be anonymous.</p><p>But, late last week, Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson proposed new rules that would require disclosure of issue-ad donations.</p><p>Johnson said, too often, issue ads are just thinly disguised political ads, and people should know who is paying for them.</p><p>But, many Republicans disagree. In fact, within hours of Johnson's proposal, the GOP-led Senate acted quickly to amend a campaign finance bill that would make Johnson's new rules illegal.</p><p>Rich Robinson, Executive Director of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network, and Jonathan Oosting, Capitol reporter for MLive.com, joined us today.</p><p> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 22:02:17 +0000 Stateside Staff 15333 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Monday, November 18th, 2013 Should donations to 'issue advertisements' be disclosed? http://michiganradio.org/post/should-donations-issue-advertisements-be-disclosed <p>Republicans in Lansing are split over whether people who bankroll so-called “issue ads” should be allowed to remain anonymous.</p><p>Issue ads attack or support politicians or causes without using what are called “magic words" like “vote for” or "oppose." Unlike campaign ads, the money behind issue ads can be anonymous.</p><p>But, late last week, Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson proposed new rules that would require disclosure of issue-ad donations.</p><p>Johnson said, too often, issue ads are just thinly disguised political ads, and people should know who is paying for them.</p><p>But, many Republicans disagree. In fact, within hours of Johnson's proposal, the GOP-led Senate acted quickly to amend a campaign finance bill that would make Johnson's new rules illegal.</p><p>Rich Robinson, Executive Director of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network, and&nbsp; Jonathan Oosting, Capitol reporter for MLive.com, joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 22:01:43 +0000 Stateside Staff 15329 at http://michiganradio.org Should donations to 'issue advertisements' be disclosed? Snyder's not running (yet), but his ads are http://michiganradio.org/post/snyders-not-running-yet-his-ads-are <p></p><p>Governor Rick Snyder has begun airing a sixty second commercial that, to anyone with an IQ exceeding that of a hamster, is clearly a campaign ad aimed at getting the voters to reelect him next year. It touts all the governor&rsquo;s supposed accomplishments of the last three years, and hints what he wants to do in a new term.</p><p>Snyder says the message is: &ldquo;simply put, we said it and we did it.&rdquo; &nbsp;Actually, the commercial is a shorter version of a five-minute video shown at last weekend&rsquo;s Mackinac Island Republican conference. That version openly referred to &ldquo;another four years&rdquo; with Snyder and Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley in charge.</p><p>Standard campaign commercial fare. But there are two things odd about this. For one thing, it is highly unusual for any candidate to run such a commercial more than a year before the election. After all, this stuff is terribly expensive. When politicians do things like this, as a friend used to say, &ldquo;it just goes to show you what God could have done if he had just had the money.&rsquo;&rdquo;</p><p>But here&rsquo;s the really odd thing about all this. Snyder is pretending he is not yet running for reelection, and to an extent, the media are letting him get away with it. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m not an announced candidate,&ldquo; the governor told reporters yesterday. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m happy being governor. I&rsquo;m focused on being governor,&rdquo; he said.</p><p> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 13:03:05 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 14578 at http://michiganradio.org Snyder's not running (yet), but his ads are State Bar calling for an end to secretly-funded judicial campaign ads http://michiganradio.org/post/state-bar-calling-end-secretly-funded-judicial-campaign-ads <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: normal; font-family: arial; font-size: small;">Confidence in the judicial system in our state has been undermined because funding sources for many judicial campaign ads remain secret, says the State Bar of Michigan.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: normal; font-family: arial; font-size: small;"><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: normal; font-family: arial; font-size: small;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: normal; font-family: arial; font-size: small;">Bruce Courtade, president of the State Bar of Michigan, discusses "dark money" in Michigan, and why the Bar is claiming Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land made a “bad ruling” back in 2004 on campaign spending.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 22:31:49 +0000 Stateside Staff 14398 at http://michiganradio.org State Bar calling for an end to secretly-funded judicial campaign ads Michigan spending little on advertising Affordable Care Act http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-spending-little-advertising-affordable-care-act <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Only five states will spend less per capita than Michigan to spread the word about the federal health care law, the Associated Press reported.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">From the AP:</span></p><blockquote><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">“Michigan's $5.7 million in outreach spending amounts to 58 cents per resident. That's far less than states that are embracing the Affordable Care Act.”</span></p></blockquote><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Across the country, states and the U.S. government are pumping out advertising campaigns to get people familiar with changes under the Affordable Care Act. <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/brucejapsen/2013/05/11/ad-spending-on-obamacare-may-make-don-draper-blush/">Billions of dollars</a> from state and federal coffers alike are expected to be spent on getting the word out on new requirements, as well as the health insurance exchanges opening on October 1.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">But according to the AP, Michigan has declined money the majority of federal funding for the promos:</span></p><p> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 16:14:06 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13670 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan spending little on advertising Affordable Care Act Commentary: Halloween politics http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-halloween-politics <p></p><p></p><p>First, the good news. A week from now, this election will be over. No more ads, no more lies, no more charges and counter-charges. Do you know one person who regrets that, or who isn’t heartily sick of the campaign at all levels, including the candidates?</p> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 12:36:04 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 9708 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Halloween politics Political Roundup: Ad time, who's buying? http://michiganradio.org/post/political-roundup-ad-time-whos-buying-michigan <p>We’re a little over a month out from the November 6<sup>th</sup> election. At this point you would expect to hear a lot of political ads on television.</p><p>But there seem to be more TV ads for and against the various ballot proposals, and less from the presidential races.</p><p>For example, the Romney campaign pulled advertising from Michigan weeks ago, although a pro-Romney group has been running a new ad. But Susan Demas says money is not the issue.</p> Thu, 27 Sep 2012 21:04:55 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 9277 at http://michiganradio.org Political Roundup: Ad time, who's buying? Money Talks: Political spending hiding in the file cabinet http://michiganradio.org/post/money-talks-political-spending-hiding-file-cabinet <p>Broadcasters are fighting a new rule to disclose more about who&rsquo;s buying political ads. The <a href="http://www.fcc.gov/document/fcc-adopts-rules-transitioning-television-public-files-online">Federal Communications Commission</a> wants TV stations to post information about the political ads they air on a government website.</p><p>That will make it a lot easier to find out what groups are spending money to influence voters.</p><p>Recently, I met Rich Robinson in the parking lot of his office in Lansing. He was taking me on a little trip.</p> Mon, 28 May 2012 11:30:00 +0000 Lester Graham 7629 at http://michiganradio.org Money Talks: Political spending hiding in the file cabinet