Well, this probably won’t diffuse any anger felt by those who are accusing W+K, Clint Eastwood and Chrysler for sending out a pro-Obama message in their Super Bowl ad (which is now live again, by the way). But here’s a little clip that’s being dubbed as an “alternate version” of the official big game spot, the latter of which Eastwood has recently defended, claiming there’s no spin to be had in his “Halftime.” But as you’ll see, we can’t say the same for this quick mash-up, which makes its message loud and clear by the end. Did you think the original had an Obama bias or was it “apolitical” as Eastwood claims? Or should we just discontinue the conversation altogether and let the ad be?
Credit Stephen Colbert for bringing the term “Super PAC” to the public’s attention during this election season. If you aren’t a regular viewer of the Colbert Report, see the work paid for by the Super PAC known as Americans for a Better Tomorrow Tomorrow by watching this political ad for Herman Cain, a man who’s such a Washington outsider that “he’s not even running for president.”
Of course, in reality (aka not the South Carolina Primary), big name Super PACs like the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) are in the midst of gussying themselves up for this election. As the AFL-CIO’s main focus is on workers’ rights, its new “Work Connects Us All” campaign from SS+K seeks to reach out to those in a variety industries where AFL-CIO’s work may not be readily apparent. For the slick new site, SS+K partnered with production co. B-Reel to make the project come to life, who’s NYC Executive Producer Max Ahlborn speaks favorably of AFL-CIO’s mission.
He says in a statement, “In Sweden, where I am from, unions have traditionally played a very prominent role building the society from ground up and are currently facing a lot of the same issues as unions of the 2000’s do in the US. They all are in need of changing the public perception of them from being just against policy to being for an equal, just, modern and progressive society. By adding some positivity and forward-thinking, this website is a strong step forward.”
Seeing as Mitt Romney‘s tax returns have got the media’s full attention this week, why not keep with the political theme and highlight a rather timely site that just sprouted up called Romney & Me. If you were ever wondering how your salary translates in the GOP candidate’s world, look no further than this web destination that will do all the calculating for you. For instance, you can learn how long it would take ol’ Mitt to earn your yearly wage, and how much you’d save were you to be taxed at his rate. It’s simple, snarky and just a little side-project from Tim McCormack (a VML ACD/writer), Danny Adrain (BBDO NY art director) and Kesal Patel (BBDO NY techie).
Well, it happened, everybody. The “Shit (this kind of person) Says” meme has found its way into an actual viral marketing campaign. Funny, because I always assumed the whole #Occupy hashtag thing would creep into the commercial real estate industry before this happened. A comforting thought: If this steadily growing meme wasn’t quite played out already, then maybe the commercialization of it will be the nail in the viral coffin. Of course, try telling that to the thousands of people around the country busy filming their own videos right now, titled anything from “Shit Dental Assistants Say” to “Shit Koalas Say.” (Admittedly, I did get a kick out of watching “Shit Chicagoans Say” this morning.)
“Shit Politicians Say” comes from LBi for Americans Elect 2012, an organization seeking to put a third, nonpartisan candidate on the presidential ballot in every state. To do this, Americans Elect is asking voters to cast their ballots for a nonpartisan nominee, using its website as a guide to politician’s and business professionals’ stances on controversial issues. Currently, Ron Paul leads all other candidates as the person with the “most tracked” delegate on the issues, which give his popularity with a niche group of Republican voters isn’t too surprising.
To determine if Americans Elect sounds like a reasonable (read: sane) organization, read this New York Times op-ed on the “radical center.” Credits after the jump.
In an effort to bring awareness to its new Politics channel, YouTube tapped AKQA’s San Francisco office to create the above promotional clip that will be aired as pre-roll during the online video giant’s debate/primary coverage. As the AKQA spot emphasizes, YouTube Politics’ coverage of debates, etc., will allow for viewers to form a video dialogue with candidates. Get those Rick Perry/Herman Cain questions prepared, stat!
Those of you find it too inconvenient to actually head down to Zucotti Park in downtown Manhattan (or any other OWS location at this point) and actively participate in the movement can now play armchair occupier thanks to a new project from creatives Dalit Saad (who’s now at GOOD/ Corps) and Adam Rosenberg. The advertising couple has launched “I Can’t Be There But I Care,” which gives you the chance to show your support from afar via buttons that cost a measly $5. Now you can “Occupy” from the club, the bar, your couch or even jazzercise class (do they really still do that?) with these accessories. Hey, with temperatures dropping in NYC and elsewhere, perhaps this is a better alternative for body and mind. Besides, all proceeds are going to OccupyWallSt.org.
Now that he’s wrapped up yet another rollicking State of the Union address, President Obama is hitting the YouTubes and answering questions from you, the viewers. AKQA worked with the site to create the State of the Union homepage that streamed Obama’s speech live on Tuesday night. Today, though, the prez will face the masses and address their biggest concerns, whether they be regarding foreign policy, education, healthcare, you know, the usual Washington talking points. The deadline to submit video entries and what not has already passed, but you can watch the commander-in-chief respond this afternoon at 2:30 EST here.
The digital shop also created a custom YouTube logo (below) that includes the presidential batphone. What AKQA isn’t commenting on, though, is whether or not the Google-owned giant selected AKQA SF to launch a new movie portal. We’re looking further into this.
Yesterday, the Illinois Appellate Court declared that former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel did not satisfy Chicago residency criteria, which would’ve allowed him to run for mayor of the city. The ruling shocked many (Emanuel included), as popular opinion was mistakenly held, even by some AgencySpy commenters, that Emanuel had already proved residency, and his name would appeal on the mayoral ballot. America’s endless appeals system wins again.
While Emanuel and company have ample time before the Feb. 22 mayoral election to get the Illinois State Supreme Court to overturn the ruling, early voting opens in the city in less than a week on Jan. 31. If Emanuel’s name doesn’t appeal on the early voting ballot, his campaign is in quite a bit of trouble, and donors will not be happy. As his people scramble to get the high court to reverse the ruling, Emanuel is reaching out to his supporters via the internet, asking them to vote online and offer their e-signature to a campaign trying to get Rahm’s name back on the ballot. Locally-marketed websites like Chicagoist are being covered with “Your Opinion Counts” flash banner ads. But, will this digital campaign help convince the Illinois Supreme Court that Emanuel can run?
For those wondering why Emanuel’s duty to the federal government made him lose Chicago residency while part of the Obama administration, the law states that he may still vote in elections in his hometown, but it says nothing about his eligibility to run for office. As Emanuel was sitting comfortably in the lead with polls predicting 44 percent of the vote going his way, Former Sen.Carol Moseley Braun, with 21 percent support, is looking to gain some of Emanuel’s supporters. However, most believe that former school chief Gerry Chico with 16 percent tallied will benefit the most should Emanuel stay off the ballot.
Update: The New York Times is reporting that the Illinois Supreme Court just ordered Emanuel’s name back onto the ballot. The Court also agreed to hear the case on an expedited basis, nullifying the validity of 300,000 ballots without Emanuel’s name that had been printed by noon.
While continuing the battle to prove his status as a Chicago resident, Chicago mayoral candidate Rahm Emanuel is beginning to run campaign ads in anticipation of the Feb. 22 election. Those from outside of Chicago might be wondering why a candidate whose legitimacy is still under debate is producing television commercials and acting like his name is already officially on the ballot. Well, that’s because it is in a sense.
(ed: The original Rahm ad we posted this morning was pulled. Here’s its replacement for the time being)
In April, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed SB1070 into law, making “looking like an illegal immigrant” a searchable offense in her state. Despite drawing nationwide criticism for approving the controversial, racist law and for reallocating $10 million of federal money from education to border control, Brewer was reelected on Nov. 3. After a summer of protest and anger, Arizona is still using its law enforcement to racially profile Latinos in their state. Considering that Arizona used to be part of Mexico, this accounts for an awful lot of people being racially-profiled for as long as at least another one of Brewer’s terms in office.
In order to continue protesting the law, the Border Action Network teamed up with Y&R NY to help turn the racial-profiling back onto Governor Brewer. The Profile the Governor website adopts the governor’s methods of reasoning, concluding that if every Latino-looking person could be an illegal immigrant, then everyone blond, Caucasian woman could be the governor of Arizona. This includes random people on the street, Reese Witherspoon in Legally Blonde, and even Lindsay Lohan during her prison mugshot.
So, find a photo where you’re at your whitest and most blonde, upload it to the website and find yourself at the head of Arizona’s state government. Really, who can tell the difference?
Credits after the jump.