Thursday, August 28, 2008

The Texas Side-step

Can't donate enough to your candidate's campaign? Do what Harold Simmons did. Run your own ad! Last election, Harold wrote a $3M check to the the folks who ran the Swift Boat Veterans ad. And he'll spend just under that on this effort. His bio on Forbes says to expect him to spend $400 Million on "philonthropic gifts" this year.

Clearly all that money is going into media, since it's a series of crappy speech clips, newspaper article scans and ken-burns-effect photographs. One might argue that spending a little more on production value might have made the ad a little more interesting to watch. A little more convincing. A little bit more truly terrifying. Like that Orville Redenbacher commercial Crispin busted out with a fully rendered 3D ressurection. THAT was fucking scary.

But I like this guy's style. Flip a couple million dollar bills out of the wad of dough in your pocket and drop it on some TV ads smearing the shit out of the candidate you don't like. I wish I could casually flip out $3M. "Whatdya need? A tank? A racehorse? Solid-gold sneakers? a yacht? What's it cost? A couple Mil? Hereyago."

That's less than one hundredth of what this guy will do, philanthropically this year. Shit you could BUY CUBA with $400M. And replace all those sweet '57 Chevys with hybrids. I wonder what other kind of havoc could you wreak with $3M?

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