From NBC's Domenico Montanaro and Lauren Appelbaum
Here's the much-talked-about pro-Edwards ad paid for by a 527 being advised by the candidate's former campaign manager.
The ad begins by laying out stark problems: "The price of dependence on foreign oil. Health care in crisis. Government run by corporate lobbyists. Isn't it time someone had a plan to take them on?"
It then breaks down what is described as Edwards' plan to combat these issues.
The group, Alliance for a New America, is funded mostly by local SEIUs, a group which has endorsed Edwards. Mundy Ketowitz Media got the bulk of the money ($750,000) with music and postproduction outsourced, according to FEC documents. In who's given to the group, it's mostly SEIU and one contribution from UNITE HERE. Here's how the money breaks down: Ohio SEIU ($122,000), California SEIU ($400,000), local SEIU in Los Angeles ($100,000), local SEIU in Oregon ($60,000), local SEIU in St. Paul ($18,000) and Minneapolis ($36,000), Chicago UNITE HERE board ($100,000), NAGE COPE ($50,000), which is the political education arm of the National Association of Government Employees, which is also SEIU. COPE stands for Committee on Public Education.
The group is based in Arlington, Va., and it appears the individual who filled out the paperwork for the pro-Edwards group, Katherine Buchanan, has actually given money to Obama this cycle. A Katherine Buchanan of Arlington, Va., gave $250 to Obama in June.
Here's the script of the ad:
"The price of dependence on foreign oil. Health care in crisis. Government run by corporate lobbyists. Isn't it time someone had a plan to take them on? The Edwards plan: Ban campaign cash from lobbyists. End tax breaks for big oil. Stop job killing trade deals. Stand up to insurance companies for real health reform.
Ask all the candidates what their plan is to level the playing field.
"Paid for by the Alliance for a New America which is responsible for its content. Not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee."