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The website praises the "Swiftboating" of John Kerry in 2004, and states that the group hopes to be the equivalent for Barack Obama in 2008. The group has produced a commercial showing Senator Obama discussing certain Bible passages and their relevance to governance today. The ad narrator characterizes Obama as ridiculing the Bible. The group's website states that it is seeking funds to show the two-minute commercial to a wider audience. [2] [3]

In response, the Obama campaign website "Fight the Smears" called Marks a "scam artist" and said his group's "claims about Barack's faith are every bit as false as his claims that this amateurish video is really a TV ad." The campaign claims the length (2:09) of the ad and its poor video quality call into question Marks' intentions to run the ad on television. On the substance of the ad, the Obama website states, "The video takes 5 sentences out of a 4,500-word speech Barack gave in 2006 completely out of context to stoke division and hatred." [4]

According to The Stiletto blog, Marks countered that "pH for America has taken the YouTube version of the ad and re-cut it into 1-minute and 2-minute spots that will air 42 times during the first week of October. The ads are supposed to start running today [October 1, 2008] in three PA cities (Pittsburgh, Altoona/Johnstown and Erie) and two MI cities (Lansing and Flint)." Marks further threatened legal action, stating, "How can the Obama campaign call me a 'scam artist' ... when they know full well that I have produced and aired 527 TV ads in the past two presidential campaigns? Unless they can prove anything about this ad is a scam, they are guilty of libel, and I am pursuing legal action regarding this matter." [5]

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  1. Press release, "New 527 Organization 'MoveOnForAmerica.Org' to Expose the Real John Kerry to America With the Most Brutally Hard-Hitting TV Ads Ever Seen: First Ad Will Expose John Kerry's Role in Securing Freedom and Parole for Would-be-Cop Killer Who Escaped a Massachusetts Prison During a Furlough, Just Like Willie Horton," Stephen Marks / via Business Wire, September 7, 2004.
  2. "," accessed August 2008.
  3. "Domain registration for," WHOIS search, accessed August 2008. Stephen Marks is listed as the website contact.
  4. "Scamming the faithful,", accessed October 2008.
  5. The Stiletto, "'Fight The Smears' Targets 527 Group pH For America," Blogger News Network, October 1, 2008.

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