New group cancels $1 million ad buy in Alabama

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A new political group has canceled $1 million of television advertising time for the last week of Alabama's primary election.

An ad agency representing the New Sons of Liberty notified TV stations by e-mail Thursday that the ad wasn't ready to start airing and the whole campaign was being canceled. Now TV stations are scrambling to sell the ad time.

The New Sons of Liberty was organized April 29 in Washington. Its website encourged viewers to contact several gubernatorial candidates about the gambling issue. Little else is known about the group.

Democratic candidate for governor Ron Sparks says he believes gambling interests in other states were trying to use the group to oppose the expansion of gambling and the creation of a state lottery in Alabama.

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  • by Lowell on May 22, 2010 at 02:06 AM
    Joey,great to see that you're finally acknowleging that those of us whom were enjoying our country crossing outings had the right to do so.Thing is that the gambling laws or for that matter any other laws that the people wish to change cannot be changed except by voting.You said "make gambling legal if you want to gamble". How? Our government is now determining what is good for its citizens without even taking our feelings or opinions into consideration.Those of us who believe in the constitution are trying extremly hard to hold on to our rights but our rights are slowly being taken away.As for our our hard earned money we pay in taxes you're right;where does it go? Who knows.But how do we justify letting the same people who swander our money away tell us we can't have bingo because it,ll lead to more crime and at the same time sell liquor in its state stores,not to mention allowing strip joints,whom by the way sell state liquor to operate freely.Bingo/Strippers?Bingo BAD!StrippersGOOD?
  • by Joey Location: dothan on May 20, 2010 at 07:48 PM
    the states that have gambling are doing no better than we are financially. We need manufacturing jobs. Real jobs that people can feel good about. If you want to gamble just say you want to gamble. If you want to give the state money then do that. The two dont have to be connected. Make gambling legal if you want to gamble but dont tax it. If you want to support the state with more money than they currently get from taxes then give them all the money you want to give them. Our government at all levels has plenty of money, they just need to spend it properly.
  • by John Location: Enterprise on May 20, 2010 at 01:49 PM
    The defeat of our Education Lottery in 1998 shows the majority of voters will believe any lie they hear. The other southern states all have lotterys except casino MS and laugh at Alabama while they pocket our cash.
  • by daniel Location: dothan on May 20, 2010 at 01:43 PM
    Ok, folks, this coming up election is a good time to start voting for people who are for improving AL. It is the only way to get rid of the parasites that we have in office now. Your vote could mean something, so vote. If you want gambling, lottery, bingo, etc. then vote for people who will support your wishes. Most all politicians are liars, but there are a few who are genuine, so sort them out. Any Riley or Tyson follower is NO GOOD for AL. Also, remember any of the ones who would not pass the bingo vote issue, and who now want votes...DON'T VOTE FOR THEM! They might still win, but maybe not.
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