Conservative Ad Campaign Seeks to Counter MoveOn.org

July 7, 2008 - 8:21 PM

(CNSNews.com) - Lacking the financial backing of a billionaire like George Soros, conservative activists are seeking grassroots financial support to counter one of Soros' favorite projects - the anti-war, anti-Bush group, MoveOn.org.

William Greene, director of the conservative website, Rightmarch.com, is using the grassroots donations to conduct an ad campaign criticizing MoveOn.org for its recent decision to post at least two ads on its own website comparing President George Bush to former Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler.

The conservative radio ads, featuring JewishWorldReview.com publisher Binyamin L. Jolkovsky, criticize the Democratic presidential candidates for refusing to repudiate MoveOn.org for posting the Hitler ads, which Jolkovsky describes as a "despicable action."

Comparing Bush to Hitler "mocks the victims of Hitler's genocide as part of a strategy to win at all costs," Jolkovsky alleges in the Rightmarch.com ad, which began running Monday on the Salem Radio network.

The network includes about a dozen radio stations in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, where the most important early presidential contests are being held.

Rightmarch.com will launch its newspaper ad campaign on or about Jan. 21 in New Hampshire, just six days before that state's primary, and will continue with ad placements in South Carolina newspapers just before voters go to the polls there on Feb. 3, according to Greene.

The ads will continue running "as long as we have money for them," Greene told CNSNews.com.

"We don't have a Soros backing but ... we know how to get e-mails out nationwide to hundreds of thousands of conservatives on the net and that's how we've been able to raise the money to place the ads that we've been placing," Greene said.

The ads comparing Bush to Hitler were part of a contest conducted by MoveOn.org called "Bush in 30 seconds."

The group invited the public to submit video ads that would "best [tell] the truth about President Bush's failed policies," according to the contest's website. Hundreds of ads were posted on the MoveOn.org website, including the ones comparing Bush to Hitler, and 14 were selected as finalists.

MoveOn.org announced the winners of the contest in New York City Monday night at an event billed as the "climactic finale." A long list of Hollywood liberals who served as judges in the contest and also want the president defeated in his re-election bid were on hand.

After posting the Hitler ads, MoveOn.org stated that it regretted the action but insisted that those ads would never have been selected as finalists in the Bush in 30 seconds contest.

However, Greene is not convinced of MoveOn.org's truthfulness.

"I don't believe a whole lot of what they say publicly," Greene said. "They've tried to backtrack by claiming they didn't sponsor these ads. They claim that they regret the appearance of these ads on the site ... but it's their website and they were responsible for posting the ads."

The winning ad is to be "broadcast nationwide over 30 times January 17-21 in an ad campaign by the MoveOn.org Voter Fund, coinciding with the President's State of the Union message," according to a MoveOn.org press release.

Rightmarch.com, which Greene describes as an umbrella website for conservative organizations to respond to the political left, waged another response-oriented ad campaign last year when MoveOn.org took out a full page ad in the New York Times accusing U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld of being a traitor.

"They are free to say whatever they want to say. But that doesn't mean we have to listen to them and put up with it," Greene said.

Democratic presidential candidates are mum on the subject of the Hitler ads, Greene said. "We've seen nothing anywhere where they're saying anything in response to the outrage that a lot of Americans are feeling about these ads," he said.

"The Republican National Committee called on them to repudiate it ... and you never heard anything. That's one of the reasons we decided to take it further and actually put these ads out there in all the primary states - get it into all the newspapers, to as many radio stations as possible," Greene said.

When contacted in New York City Monday, MoveOn.org spokesman Trevor FitzGibbon refused to speak with CNSNews.com , hanging up his cell phone instead. An e-mail request for reaction to this story received no response.

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