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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, September 18, 2007
CONTACT: Alex Howe, at Fenton Communications, 202-822-5200

MoveOn Responds to Giuliani:
Doubles Ad Buy for "Giuliani: A Betrayal of Trust"

Tells Voters What Giuliani Doesn't:
He Went 'AWOL' and Was Thrown Off Iraq Study Group

Former Mayor Ducks Iraq Issue in His New Ad

MoveOn will expand the buy for its "Giuliani: A Betrayal of Trust" TV ad. The buy will be run nationally on CNN to answer the former mayor's release of his new ad today.  Giuliani's most recent ad, responding to the organization's criticism, demonstrates that he can't answer the basic charge leveled against him:  that he betrayed the public's trust when he went AWOL from the Iraq Study Group (ISG) to take on high-fee speaking engagements.

According to Newsday, Giuliani missed ISG meetings in favor of lucrative speaking opportunities. He was eventually asked to resign from the ISG.  MoveOn released an ad yesterday highlighting this and calling on Republican voters to ask Giuliani, "Where were you when it counted?"

The ad, which was already slated to run in Iowa starting today, will now also run nationally on CNN.  MoveOn spent $50,000 to air the ad in Iowa and will now spend $50,000 more for the national air time, bringing the total buy to $100,000.

"It's no surprise that Giuliani can't respond to our charge that he went AWOL on Iraq. Maybe he thinks voters care more about what he says about MoveOn than what he's failed to do to end the war," said Eli Pariser, Executive Director of MoveOn.org Political Action.

The New York Times reviewed MoveOn's ad today:

'… a direct hit on Mr. Giuliani and could severely undermine his argument that he is the best person to lead the nation in a time of war…It is a searing ad…If Mr. Giuliani becomes the Republican nominee, this spot will no doubt re-emerge to the benefit of the Democratic nominee'."

Today's MoveOn release is here: http://pol.moveon.org/giuliani/0918release.html
People can watch and contribute to the ad here:  http://www.moveon.org/r?r=2976
Backup facts for the ad : http://pol.moveon.org/giuliani/

Newsday, "Rudy Missing in Action for Iraq Panel," June 18, 2007
http://www.newsday.com/news/local/longisland/ny-usrudy0619,0,7996765.st
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