This morning on Fox News Sunday, a group called the National Republican Trust PAC is running ads linking Obama to Jeremiah Wright. They will put $2.5 million into running the ad in Florida, Pennsylvania and Ohio in the final days:
On Saturday night, the Obama campaign dismissed the ad, calling it a “last gasp desperate attack from people who have not steered away from any negative attack. None of these smears have really had an impact,” said spokeswoman Linda Douglass. “People are not interested in this.”
The Illinois senator cited potential attacks from well-funded independent 527 groups when he justified his decision to break his promise to accept public funds, but for the most part, those attacks have not materialized. Still, the impact of the Wright ads in the final days of the campaign was impossible to determine.
FactCheck.org said that the Atta ad "mixes a pile of false claims and the image of 9/11 mastermind Mohammed Atta to create one of the sleaziest false TV ads of the campaign." They indicate that the NRT PAC is run by a former writer for the Moonie Insight magazine:
It has reported spending substantial sums to the conservative Web site Newsmax and to other vendors for "email communication" opposing Obama’s election, and to a Virginia company called Integram for "direct mail." It has also listed expenditures for "media production" and a "media buy."
Its Web site lists its executive director as Scott Wheeler, who also writes articles for Newsmax, which the NRT PAC pays to distribute anti-Obama e-mail messages, many of which are little more than fundraising pleas.
Rick Wilson, the consultant who made the ad, as saying "this is the base giving a collective direction to where the campaign should have gone a long time ago." It remains to be seen whether this will actually help John McCain, or feeds the wingnuts what they want to hear.
Update: Greg Sargent reports that the ads will run nationally too.