Bloomberg: ‘Cash-Poor’ Trump Campaign Pulls Ads In Florida

Trump walks past reporters with no comment
Trump walks past reporters with no comment
Donald Trump (image via public domain/White House)

Bloomberg News reports Donald Trump’s campaign has “all but pulled its advertising out of Florida, as it stakes its relatively small bank account on the industrial northern states that carried him to victory in 2016.”

Team Trump reportedly canceled $5.5 million in ad spending in the Sunshine State although there is still about $350,000 in ad spots still scheduled to run before Election Day.

The Trump campaign contends its “organizational strength” will carry the day to victory in Florida.

“Trump is now placing his final bet on just 4 battleground states: Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio & Pennsylvania,” reports Bloomberg.

The media outlet adds that since Labor Day the president has scaled back campaign ad spending by $24 million. At the same time, former Vice President Joe Biden has been outspending Trump at a ratio of 3-1 as he added $197 million to his ad budget.

Update: After I shared this post this morning, Thea McDonald, Deputy National Press Secretary for the Trump Campaign, reached out this response from Tim Murtaugh, Trump 2020 communications director:

“The Bloomberg story is horribly wrong and should never have been written. The campaign, with the RNC coordinated buy, is up with a seven figure buy in Florida on broadcast TV alone. In addition in Florida, we are up with six figures in local cable, six figures in Spanish language, and six figures on radio. Our ad buying week by week in the state has been consistent, and the reporting on this issue demonstrates a clear misunderstanding of how ad buying works (and in some cases a misunderstanding of simple addition and subtraction). Last week we announced a $55 million buy over the final two weeks, which is a 40 percent increase over our previous levels. Just yesterday we added $6 million on top of that for the final week. Including Florida, the Trump campaign is on television in 12 states and also nationally. This is sloppy reporting at the highest level.”

Bloomberg has updated their report adding details and quotes of advertising strategy.

The RNC is picking up some of that slack, buying $4 million in ads beginning last week. It’s now airing an ad in Florida attacking Biden on Medicare, falsely claiming that the Biden health care plan would eliminate private health insurance.

Trump Campaign Runs Ads In DC To Calm The Donald

Donald Trump smirks during a press event
Donald Trump (photo: public domain/Flickr)

The Daily Beast reports that, in an effort to buoy Donald Trump’s temper tantrums regarding his falling approval numbers, his campaign has begun running pro-Trump ads in the Washington, D.C. area on networks the Donald is sure to watch.

With their boss growing increasingly agitated with the state of his re-election campaign and with the efforts of Republican critics to undermine it, President Donald Trump’s team hatched a plan. They’d run a series of hard-hitting ads and place them on networks that they knew the president and congressional Republicans would watch.

And so, over the past month, the Trump campaign has spent slightly more than $400,000 on cable news ads in the Washington, D.C., area, buying time largely on Fox News but with some smaller buys on CNN and MSNBC as well, according to filings with the Federal Communications Commission. The ads began running in late May and are scheduled through June 23.

It is, on a purely electoral level, a remarkably quixotic use of campaign cash. The purchases have no real shot of moving D.C., Maryland, or Virginia into the Trump column.

Trump Campaign Threatens TV Stations For Airing Anti-Trump Ad

Donald Trump’s re-election campaign has threatened TV stations they could lose their broadcast licenses for airing an ad criticizing how the Donald has handled the ongoing COVID-19 threat.

From Bloomberg News:

President Donald Trump’s campaign, in a letter on Wednesday, told stations in five battleground states to stop showing the ad from Priorities USA, a political action committee that supports Democratic candidate Joe Biden.

Failure to remove the ad “could put your station’s license in jeopardy” before the Federal Communications Commission, the campaign said in the letter. “Your station has an obligation to cease and desist from airing it immediately to comply with FCC licensing requirements.”

The letter was sent to stations in presidential battleground/swing states – Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin – which are considered vital to Trump’s reelection.

The spot, from anti-Trump PAC Priorities USA, shows a graphic of the increasing cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. from January 20 to March 22. The audio uses sound bites of Trump downplaying the seriousness of the coronavirus threat at the time.

“The coronavirus,” Trump says at the beginning, “this is their new hoax.”

This is the updated version of the spot released today:

World Leaders’ Response To Trump Is Now Biden Campaign Ad

L-R Former Vice President Joe Biden, Donald Trump

After several world leaders were captured on video apparently laughing at Donald Trump, Trump responded by calling Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau “two-face,” canceled his press conference for the day, and left the NATO summit in London early.

The video clip, which went viral, is now part of a campaign ad for former Vice President Joe Biden. In the spot, Biden calls Trump ‘dangerously incompetent and incapable of world leadership.’

Pete Buttigieg Ramps Up Spending, Releases 1st TV Ad

Democratic presidential candidate Mayor Pete Buttigieg has released his first campaign ad with a substantial $210,000 media buy in Iowa where the first votes of the 2020 election cycle will be cast.

The ad, titled ‘The Only Way,’ focuses on Buttigieg’s experience as a mayor and military veteran.

“As a veteran and as a mayor, I’ve seen what we can achieve when we have each other’s backs,” begins the 30-second spot. “But in today’s divided America, we’re at each others throats.”

“Our rivers and oceans are rising. Health care costs are soaring, and our kids are learning active shooter drills before they learn to read,” Buttigieg says speaking to the camera. “To meet these challenges and to defeat this president, we need real solutions, not more polarization.”

The Buttigieg campaign has also recently opened 20 field offices in Iowa and hired an additional 30 staffers in the Hawkeye state, according to Politico.

The spending comes after Buttigieg raised more than any other Democratic White House candidate last quarter raking in over $24 million.

The aggressive moves will enthuse Mayor Pete’s supporters and will hopefully move him up in the polls.

Despite positive debate reviews and much interest in the mainstream media, the 37-year-old is consistently ranked 5th in most national polling.

RealClearPolitics currently shows Buttigieg averaging about 4.4%.

In an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night, the South Bend Mayor explained how he plans to make inroads among the Democratic candidates as the field narrows:

“Now that it’s starting to winnow down, people are starting to look for the contrasts. And it will be important for me to convey how I’m different from the others. I like the others, I appreciate the others, I admire the others but I’m not like the others. It’s not just a matter of style, it’s also a matter of approach.”

“It’s why I’m not making the same promises that some of the candidates to my left are. I share the goals and believe that we can do it in a way that will bring Americans together.”

Trump Endorsement Ads Use Stock Video Footage Of Actors

Trump campaign is producing 'endorsement ads' for Donald Trump, but the people you see are just actors from stock video clips
This is not a Trump supporter (screen capture via iStockPhoto)

In an effort to boost Donald Trump’s standing with certain demographics (like women, Hispanics and younger voters), the Trump campaign has produced video endorsements now running on Facebook and Google.

One, for example, gives us “Tracey,” a young blond woman, walking down the beach, while a voiceover (which a viewer would assume is Tracey) says, “President Trump is doing a great job. I could not ask for a better president of the United States of American.”

But here’s the thing: “Tracey” is actually a stock video clip anyone can buy at

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Anyone watching the campaign ad would assume “Tracey” is a real Trump supporter.

This is literally “fake news.”

There is a disclaimer on the campaign ad – “Actor portrayal. Actual testimonial” – but the disclaimer only shows for a brief period and is in a tiny font size.

There are additional videos featuring a young, bearded hipster and a Hispanic man.

Politician Runs Campaign Ads On Pornhub “You Have To Be Where The Voters Are”

Joachim B. Olsen of Denmark (images via Facebook)

I think American politics could use a little bit of this politician’s lighthearted sense of humor.

A former Olympic shot-putter-turned-politician in Denmark has placed campaign ads on porn website PornHub in advance of the general election.

Joachim B Olsen, who scored a silver medal at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, was elected to the Danish parliament at the 2011 election, representing the Liberal Alliance in the Greater Copenhagen constituency.

By the way, did I mention he’s hot???

Olsen in 2012 shortly after being elected to Parliament

With this year’s general elections looming on the horizon (June 5), Olsen made the unusual move of buying campaign ads on Pornhub which read, “When you’re done wanking, vote for Jokke.”

Jokke is the 41-year-old’s nickname.

When a Twitter user argued Olsen was receiving more attention than his opponent, Rasmus Paludan, the founder and leader of the anti-immigrant party Hard Line, Olsen tweeted: “There is no limit to how far I will go for the nation. If it takes an ad on pornhub to keep Rasmus Paludan out of the foreign media, I’ll take one for the team.”

In an interview, Olsen told the Danish Broadcasting Corporation, “You have to be where the voters are.”

He also admitted his campaign is 95% serious, but makes a point to leave room for a little “fun.”

“I hope people get a good laugh,” he said. “I have received a very positive response to it. I don’t know if there are votes in it.”

And yes, he knows the unconventional campaign ad buy might upset some conservative folks.

“I am well aware that some people are outraged,” he offered. “One cannot say anything today without people being outraged. Those who know me as a politician, they know I’m a serious politician. But I also have humour, and I think this is fun.”

Olsen in 2015 during a radio interview


Anti-Ted Cruz Ad Uses Donald Trump Sound Bites

We all knew this was coming. I’m just surprised it took this long.

A new anti-Ted Cruz ad from Progressive Change Committee (not affiliated with Beto O’Rourke campaign) uses images of Sen. Ted Cruz and sound bites from Donald Trump to describe the Texas Republican:

“I must tell you something about Ted Cruz. I have never, never met someone who lies more than Ted Cruz.

One of the great liars of all time. That’s why we call him ‘Lyin’ Ted.’

Lyin’ Ted! He holds the Bible high, and then he lies.

Ted Cruz, he’s taken so much money from so many different people, and he’s totally controlled.

He’s a nasty guy, nobody likes him, nobody in Congress likes him.

Cruz is not a truthful person.

Cruz is the most dishonest guy I think I’ve ever met in politics.”

(h/t JoeMyGod)