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  • Stronger Than The Storm

    NJ Gov. Chris Christie and his hand-picked appointees directed that $25 million of the federal superstorm Sandy rescue money be used in a TV advertising campaign that starred Christie during his reelection year. The Press found that the section committee paid a politically connected PR firm $2 million more in profits than the losing bidder - who said they would not put the governor in the TV commercials.
  • Craftmatic

    The Craftmatic Adjustable Bed has been sold for decades and marketed mostly to elderly consumers in their homes. The bed is expensive, sometimes sold for as much as $9,000, and those who buy it are told it could virtually save their lives. Elderly customers see the commercials which run nearly non-stop on daytime television and call an 800-number, where they are prompted to set up an in-home demonstration with a Craftmatic salesperson. They are told there is no obligation to buy, but what Inside Edition found is the salespeople rarely leave without closing the deal, and it is rarely to the benefit of the consumer.
  • Special Leadership Accounts

    After reporters suspected a problem with two of Pennsylvania's House of Representative caucus leaders' accounts, they discovered that more than $24 million dollars were being wasted on fancy dinners and parties, campaign-style TV commercials, and flights to and from the state capital on the state plane. Using more than $120,000 from the Special Leadership Accounts, the leaders bought dinners for friends using taxpayer funds.
  • The Rascal

    Inside Edition uses hidden camera to reveal deceit and high pressure employed in the sales of the nationally advertised "Rascal" scooter. The report shows how elderly, disabled consumers and their families have been victimized by Electric Mobility, a New Jersey company that produces the electric wheelchairs. The deceptive sale tactics have been taught by the company executives, one of whom was a twice convicted felon, the investigation reports.
  • To Sell the Truth

    Brill's Content analyses the anti-smoking campaign started by the recently established American Legacy Foundtaion. The story reveals that "a $100 million-plus effort to use the glitz and tricks of advertising to battle teen smoking ... is being hampered by politics and by a bureaucracy's need to self-perpetuate." The article reports on how the foundation's ad creators are pressed to comply with the "so-called antivilification clause, which forbids the foundation form attacking the tobacco companies directly and introduces a specter of liability..." The article looks at the controversies surrounding a recent ads that showed body bags being brought to the corporate headquarters of "a major tobacco company," and describes other creative ideas that have remained nascent.
  • Creative Differences: Battle Over Residuals Could Set the State For a Hollywood Strike

    "The Writers Guild of America, which represents about 11,500 screenwriters, and the Alliance of Motion Picture and TV Producers, which represents the major studios, recently broke off negotiations for a new contract after they failed to hammer out a compromise on residuals... In 1999, Hollywood studios paid out residuals of $177.8 million to writers and $293.6 million to actors for film and TV work."
  • Readin', Writin' & Commercials

    60 Minutes exposes the practice of passing commercial advertising and propoganda off as educational materials; under-funded teachers are bombarded with aids such as documentaries submitted by foreign countries and companies through innocent-looking intermediaries at a time when they underfunded.