PRESS RELEASE from American Issues Project

American Issues Project Wraps Up First Phase of Ad Campaign Examining
Relationship Between Barack Obama and Unrepentant Domestic Terrorist William Ayers

Ad ran 7,307 times in 14 markets and gained national exposure from Obama campaign's attempts to bully ad off the air

WASHINGTON, Aug. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- American Issues Project today wraps up its first phase of a television advertising and issue campaign,
which called into question the longstanding relationship between Barack Obama and unrepentant 1960's domestic terrorist, William Ayers.

"American Issues Project clearly has struck a nerve inside the Obama campaign, but even more important is the reaction of the American people, who are starting to question why Sen. Obama would have such a close relationship with an unrepentant domestic terrorist," said Ed Martin, American Issues Project president. "The heavy-handed response of the Obama campaign definitely misfired. The more the Obama campaign has tried to bully the ad off the air with its spurious legal threats and intimidation, the more voters have wondered what he has to hide."

The ad examines the connection between Sen. Obama and domestic terrorist William Ayers, co-founder of the violent, radical Weather Underground movement that "declared war on America" and successfully bombed the U.S. Capitol, Pentagon, police stations and other targets across the nation. Ayers has not only trumpeted his role in the bombings, he is unrepentant. On September 11th, 2001, the New York Times reported him saying, "I don't regret setting bombs... I feel we didn't do enough."

The ad drew a massive and disproportionate response from the Obama campaign, which demanded the Department of Justice prosecute the organization and its donors, threatened stations running the ad in an attempt to compel them to pull the spot and other efforts to "kill the messenger." Notably, the effort was unsuccessful in getting a single station to pull the ad. The Obama campaign sponsored its own paid ad in response, which fails to dispute a single fact the American Issues Project has put forth.

Sen. Obama defends his friend Ayers as "respectable" and "mainstream."  The two worked closely together on several boards including for an organization that Ayers founded and Obama chaired. Sen. Obama's political career was even launched at an event hosted by Ayers in his own home. American Issues Project has as one of its primary purposes protecting America's role in the world and assuring a strong national defense. The Ayers-Obama connection raises an important issue that is directly related to AIP's purposes and which AIP will continue in coming months, and years, to promote.

The American Issues Project's ad aired 7,307 times from August 21 - 29 on 69 stations in 14 markets within Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia. The total ad buy was $2.8 million, making it the largest third-party expenditure to date in this election cycle. The ad impressions in each market were:

Pittsburgh, 402x
WB-Scranton, 497x

Grand Rapids, 551x
Flint, 591x
Lansing, 625x
Traverse City, 547x

Norfolk, 409x
Richmond, 432x
Roanoke, 411x

Columbus, 592x
Cincinnati, 576x
Dayton, 521x
Toledo, 563x
Youngstown, 590x

An electronic version of the ad and full documentation of all statements made are available at American Issues Project's website:

American Issues Project is not disclosing precise future plans, but Martin confirmed that the organization will be active throughout the campaign and beyond. "This initial effort has generated great interest in and support for AIP's mission. There are citizens across America who are eager to join together to promote conservative values and principles. We plan to continue to build AIP through more activities, programs and continued efforts to raise awareness of these important issues going forward," said Martin.

About American Issues Project
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Christian Pinkston, +1-703-994-4314,, for American Issues Project