Dec 1, 2013 — It may have been an election off-year, but that didn't stifle the creativity of political ad-makers in 2013. From "Creepy Uncle Sam" to screaming donkeys, there were plenty of eye-catching spots on the airwaves — or YouTube — this year.
Oct 24, 2013 — The federal government shutdown ended just a week ago, but it's already surfacing in ads for candidates in both parties. It's a preview of how candidates plan to frame the latest budget crisis in the 2014 election season.
Nov 2, 2012 — From a DVD claiming that President Obama's real father was a communist poet, to small-market TV ads of child readers urging support for the president, this campaign season has seen its share of outside-the-mainstream efforts to influence the election.
Oct 26, 2012 — Democrats and Republicans are on track to spend about $1 billion each on TV advertising in the presidential race — most of it negative and almost all in battleground states. There's little evidence the ads sway voters, but the campaigns are happy to settle for low odds, given the lingering memories of the close 2000 election.
Oct 3, 2012 — The nonpartisan group Free Press is calling on stations to do just that. At the very least, the group says, stations should fact check more. A new study by the group found that stations almost never reject third-party and superPAC ads — and few of them were engaging in serious fact checking.
Jul 12, 2012 — ESPN will sell ad time to candidates in local markets now instead of just nationally. And on NBC, the Olympics will be chock-full of political commercials.
Apr 27, 2012 — The Federal Communications Commission has approved a rule requiring TV stations to post details online about the amount of political advertising they air, and what they charge for the ads. For the first two years, the ruling applies only to major network affiliates in the nation's biggest markets.
Apr 19, 2012 — In 2008, Barack Obama captured two-thirds of the Hispanic vote, winning in crucial swing states with large Hispanic populations like Colorado, Nevada and Florida. Obama's re-election campaign is now targeting those same states with its first set of Spanish-language TV and radio ads.
Feb 6, 2012 — While the barrage of negative ads is likely to be bad during the general election, the Republican primaries have seen a confluence of factors that have made for particularly fertile ground for negative ads: the introduction of superPACs collided with a war for control of the GOP between conservatives and hard conservatives.
Jan 12, 2012 — As the race heads to socially conservative South Carolina, the Republican presidential candidates are accusing each other of being less than pure on the issue.