Calif. Group Airs Anti-Tea Party Ad In Times Square

NEW YORK (AP) — A California consumer-advocacy group is hoping to rally the left before the November election with an ad on a Times Square video screen that labels the tea party movement as “insane.”

The 30-second spot by Consumer Watchdog, which began airing Tuesday, flashes phrases such as “home foreclosures” and “Wall Street greed” across a 520-square-foot screen as flames burn in the background.

It asks viewers, “Are you mad as hell but think the tea party is insane?”

The Santa Monica-based nonprofit wants to provide voters with an alternative to the tea party and help channel their frustration in productive ways, said its president, Jamie Court.

“Popular anger can be such a force for change, and people who support progress can’t allow the tea party to use that anger for their ends, which is to get control of the reins of government and then do away with it,” Court said in a phone interview Wednesday.

The ad directs viewers to the Consumer Watchdog website and to Court’s recently published book, “The Progressive’s Guide to Raising Hell.”

Representatives for the Tea Party Express and Tea Party Patriots, two of the country’s largest tea party organizations, did not immediately respond to requests for comment from The Associated Press on Wednesday.

The spot will air 18 times a day until Oct. 15, according to Neutron Media, the Toronto-based company that sells ad space for the CBS-owned screen.

The $25,000 ad buy also covered a previous Consumer Watchdog spot criticizing Google for tracking its users’ online activities. That ad started running Sept. 1 and was replaced by the election ad, Court said.

Consumer Watchdog is best known for its lawsuits against the insurance industry and other corporations, the proceeds of which account for about one-third of its funding, Court said. It also receives significant financial support from trial lawyers and labor unions.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  1. ADAM says:

    I DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU BUT I’M STARTING TO GET SICK AND TIRED OF HEARING ABOUT THE TEA PARTY. THEY ARE NOTHING BUT GANGSTERS WHO HIDE BEHING THE AMERICAN FLAG. THEY HAVE HATRED FOR PEOPLE OF COLOR. THEY ARE LIABLE FOR THE HATE-FILLED RHETORIC WHICH LED A 22 YEAR OLD MAN IN TUCSON, ARIZONA TO GO ON A SHOOTING RAMPAGE WHICH SERIOUSLY INJURED CONGRESSMEMBER GABRIELLE GIFFORDS (D) OF ARIZONA AND KILLED 11 PEOPLE. AMONG THE DEAD A FEDERAL JUDGE AND A 9 YEAR OLD GIRL ( GRANDDAUGHER OF A LEGENDARY BASEBALL MANAGER DALLAS GREEN-YANKEES, METS, PHILLIES). THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OUGHT TO INVESTIGATE SARAH PALIN AND THE TEA PARTY. HER WORDS CONTRIBUTED TO THE TRAGEDY. HAD PALIN WATCHED WHAT SHE SAID PUBLICLY, WE WOULD NOT BE HEARING ABOUT WHAT TOOK PLACE ON 1/8/2011. IT’S A DAMN SHAME. TEA PARTY NEEDS TO BE GO!!😦

  2. Funky says:

    If they did it to pursuade voters, they’re the insane ones. New York City always votes Democratic.

  3. CJNYC says:

    I think most of the readers have it right! The Tea Party scares the hell out of both the Democrats and the Republicans. The special interest also has a target on their backs by the Tea Party. The powers that be will stop at nothing to make the Tea Party into a bunch of Hood wearing flag burning KKK’s if they thought it would work. I think its makes all the bums think twice about keeping their jobs.

  4. Proud Agnostic says:

    As insane as you “have to read it to know what’s in it”?As insane as we can absorb another attack ,we will be stronger for it?As insane as exposing your children to the hate of Wright & Ayers for 20 years?I need to go get my dictionary and look up the word insane.

  5. TRACY WHITE says:

    A consumer advocacy group wants to reach out to the whack job liberals, so they
    advertise on the times square billboard in liberal New York City!! How appropriate!!

    GO TEA PARTY GO. SEND THEM LIBERALS PACKING (IF YOUR GAY , NO PUN INTENDED)

  6. Right Now says:

    Wow! What a bunch of baloney! Didn’t anyone notice the last line of the article?This “Consumer Watchdog” orginization is funded by Insurance Lawsuits, Trial Lawyers AND Labor Unions!!! How does that qualify then as anything but Paid Hacks?!? This “Consumer Watchdog” is just a Lapdog for special interest groups that want to continue the fleecing of our political system. The “Tea Party” scares the hell out of them because they know that Frivilous Lawsuits, Lawyers and Organized Crime (Unions) will be the first targets of reform!

  7. Mr. G. Eardley says:

    You are insane if you think lower tax will result in a better America NOW IS THE TIME TO PAY MORE FOR A BETTER TOMORROW

    1. Attn: Mr. Eardley says:

      This just in: our country is bankrupt. Soon enough we will be called the United States of China.

      1. KL says:

        eardley is right, you try to not buy things from chine, you probably own a foreign car!!!!!!

    2. Phil McCrackin says:

      Mr. Eardley you don’t get it. Tax revenue today will not be used to fund a better tomorrow for America. The tax revenue collected today is being used to pay for a so-so yesterday. Our government is writing checks that it can’t cash, has been for years. Raising taxes isn’t the answer, living within our means is! I can’t survive if my personal finances have expenses greater than income, my business can’t survive that way either. The government does it every year!

  8. An American Thinker says:

    The Left, sheesh.
    First, anyone who disagreed with them was a racist; now they’re insane.

    What a pack of fools

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  10. I Cantseeit says:

    Show the ad!

  11. Tony says:

    What is insane about wanting lower taxes? I think what is insane is the fact that people WANT higher taxes.
    At any rate, it doesn’t matter to me in the least what they say or do, I am STILL going to vote against all the tax junkies in Congress–Republican OR Democrat!

    1. Open Your Eyes says:

      Tony, it is rather ignorant of you to claim that you are “STILL going to vote against all the tax junkies in Congress–Republican OR Democrat!”

      You have ONE vote for your ONE member of the House of Representatives. NY does not have a Senator up for election/reelection.

      Considering that…how can you vote against ALL the “tax junkies in Congress?”

    2. KL says:

      You do not get services unless you pay taxes!! Our European counterparts cannot believe we have to pay a fortune to get health insurance , to send our kids to college. Check it out. US rich are getting richer, the poor poorer, this is what you get when you have low taxes. The rich can hide their fortunes, Sheesh , Pull you head out

  12. John Q. Public says:

    The revolution is nigh, Tea Party or no.

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