Two updates regarding The Republican Wall of Shame ad project:
First, from the LP blog:
So far donors have contributed or pledged the amounts below toward our proposed "Republican Wall of Shame" ad. If we reach $5,000 by 11:59 p.m. on March 4, we plan to proceed with the ad project.
Please note, the total below is in addition to the original $10,000 donation we received for this purpose.
3/3 11:00 a.m. ET: $3,900
3/3 1:15 p.m. ET: $4,500
Click here to contribute toward the ad. (Type "wall of shame" in the comments section.)
Second, from George Phillies in comments on a previous IPR post:
Does the LNC have a line item in its budget permitting the expenditure? Not the last time I looked.
There is disagreement within the LNC as to whether or not the budget covers the expense. The 9K for marketing does not cover 15k for an ad. Brand development had itemization behind it.
Meanwhile the Libertarian Party of Ohio has criticized the “Republican Wall of Shame” approach on their website, saying “If you want the bees to show up, put out the honey, not the vinegar!” – a point also made by some critics of the proposed ad in IPR comments.
Robert Capozzi, himself a critic of the ad proposal, points out:
I believe Peter Breggin once psychologically profiled the three major ideologies, saying that liberals are motivated by guilt, conservatives by shame, libertarians by anxiety. Seems about right to me, generally. So, it’s no surprise that CPACers would respond to shame!
Other critics have questioned whether the Washington Post is the best place to advertise, and Dr. Phillies has taken issue with the inclusion of Newt Gingrich on the Wall of Shame for the reason he was included. As a strong proponent of anthropogenic global warming theory, Dr. Phillies believes that including Mr. Gingrich on the wall for this reason makes the LP look like “global warming deniers,” in his words.
Other reactions have been more positive:
This is a wonderful idea! I’ll work our budget to see what we can come up with, as far as a donation.
I like the idea very much.
I donated to run the ad and I voted yes in the poll.
The current poll results, via http://www.lp.org/poll:
A donor gave $10,000 to help run the “Republican Wall of Shame” in the Washington Post. Which best matches your opinion?
Great idea! Run the Wall of Shame ad.
38% (184 votes)
Great idea! I will donate to help fund the ad.
5% (22 votes)
I’m a Libertarian, and you should not run this ad. Return the donor’s $10,000.
40% (191 votes)
I’m not a Libertarian, and you should not run this ad. Return the donor’s $10,000.
4% (17 votes)
13% (64 votes)
Total votes: 478
As of this writing, the poll is active on the LP.org front page.
The “Wall of Shame” in action at CPAC:
Additional previous discussions on IPR: