Video: The First Silent Political Ad

Since June 1, more than 900,000 election ads have run on cable and broadcast television. So it’s no wonder that residents of battleground states are probably marking off the days until their TVs will all switch back to showing the usual car, soda, and fast food commercials. One group, however, isn’t interested in waiting that long: unPAC, which has previously brought us such treats as super-PAC-themed Pac-Man, is raising money to air a one-minute silent ad in the attack ad-saturated swing state of Ohio. (For just $75 it will even throw in a free unF*CK AMERICA tote bag!) 

Have a look:

The ad, a protest against the $2 billion presidential campaign, is meant to be a “message to politicians, special interest groups and the media: we won’t stand by idly while our democracy is bought.” unPAC is a collaborative effort between the consumer advocacy group Purpose, the campaign finance reform group United Republic, and Rootstrikers, which was founded by Harvard Law professor Lawrence Lessig.

More MotherJones reporting on Dark Money

One More Thing

And it's a big one. Mother Jones is launching a new Corruption Project to do deep, time-intensive reporting on the corruption that is both the cause and result of the crisis in our democracy.

The more we thought about how Mother Jones can have the most impact right now, the more we realized that so many stories come down to corruption: People with wealth and power putting their interests first—and often getting away with it.

Our goal is to understand how we got here and how we might get out. We're aiming to create a reporting position dedicated to uncovering corruption, build a team, and let them investigate for a year—publishing our stories in a concerted window: a special issue of our magazine, video and podcast series, and a dedicated online portal so they don't get lost in the daily deluge of headlines and breaking news.

We want to go all in, and we've got seed funding to get started—but we're looking to raise $500,000 in donations this spring so we can go even bigger. You can read about why we think this project is what the moment demands and what we hope to accomplish—and if you like how it sounds, please help us go big with a tax-deductible donation today.

We Recommend

Latest

Sign up for our newsletters

Subscribe and we'll send Mother Jones straight to your inbox.

Get our award-winning magazine

Save big on a full year of investigations, ideas, and insights.

Subscribe

Support our journalism

Help Mother Jones' reporters dig deep with a tax-deductible donation.

Donate