Attack Ads: Doing The Dirty Work (No. 203)

First Aired Thursday, October 14, 2004

The McCain-Feingold law put a stop to so-called "soft money" contributions to political campaigns. But "527" groups, which are independent of the parties, can flood the airwaves with attack ads. Critics say this loophole allows candidates to distance themselves from third party groups while distracting voters from more important campaign issues. We ask, "Yeah, but do they work?" Produced by Gene Brodeur and Scott Sterling for KUSM/MontanaPBS, MSU-Bozeman.