Dome: DNC launches ad for American Jobs Act

September 26, 2011 

The Democratic National Committee is refreshing its television advertising campaign in support of President Barack Obama's American Jobs Act.

Dubbed "Get Going," the ad is running in the Raleigh and Charlotte markets on broadcast and cable stations. The DNC refused to share details about its saturation or frequency. But if the previous ad campaign is any indication, TV viewers will see it often.

The 30-second ad replaces the "14 months" spot featuring clips from Obama's speech to a joint session of Congress. No Obama one-liners in the new one - just a voiceover.

DNC spokesman Alec Gerlach said the ad buy will last indefinitely.

Based on figures provided to Dome, the DNC spent $461,535 to run TV spots in the Raleigh and Charlotte markets in the two weeks after Obama's address to a joint session of Congress. From Sept. 13 to Sunday, the DNC spent about $200,000 on Raleigh broadcast and cable and $260,000 in the Charlotte market.

A DNC spokesman refused to comment on the figures.

Pope featured in New Yorker

Art Pope, the Raleigh businessman and conservative donor, is about to get some national exposure.

A profile of Pope is set to appear this week in The New Yorker magazine. It is written by Jane Mayer, a veteran staff reporter who among many other things wrote an article about the influence of the conservative Koch brothers that received a lot of attention.

Pope, a retail executive, is a former state legislator and former candidate for lieutenant governor. Through his family foundations, he has invested millions in a network of foundations, think tanks and advocacy groups, in North Carolina and nationally, to promote conservative and free market ideas.

He also has been a major financial backer of Republican Party candidates.

Caring for the disabled

Vicki Smith, executive director of Disability Rights North Carolina, on Thursday will share a North Carolina Policy Watch panel with Joshua Smith, legal director for Georgia's protection and advocacy system for people with disabilities and mental illness.

The advocates will discuss the persistent problem of finding appropriate placement for North Carolinians with mental illness.

The state is the subject of a federal investigation, instigated by Disability Rights, over the use of assisted-living centers as homes for people with mental illness.

The event is at noon at Marbles Museum, 201 E. Hargett St., with box lunches available at 11:45 a.m. There's a $10 fee; register at bit.ly/pBVIlT.

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