The new ad coming out today about the Obama-Ayers connection got me wondering about who the sponsoring group is, and about what it was Obama had originally said. So, I did some poking around and this is what I found:
The ad is not produced by the McCain campaign. It was funded by the "American Issues Project" The AIP is an independent group, co-chaired by Ed Falior, former senior advisor to McCain. It's a brand new 501(c)4, a non-profit not required to disclose its donors. The group spent $3 million on the ad.
It took some determination, but I found the full quote from which two words were used in the ad. The quote is not originally from Obama; Obama was quoting journalist Alexander Cockburn. The original quote reads as follows:
“Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn became respectable fixtures in mainstream liberal Chicago years ago.”
~ Alex Cockburn, 3/2/2008, quote used on Obama's website as of 6/10/2008, since removed.
Obama's team, responding to the ad, tried to implicitly change the subject back to McCain and his houses:
"The fact that John McCain dispatched his paid consultant to launch this despicable ad from a so-called independent committee shows how desperate he is to change the subject from his shocking disconnect with the economic struggles of the American people."