Ladd Ehlinger, Jr.
A shot from the Janice Hahn attack ad.
Yesterday, a guerilla filmmaker launched what is a deliberately offensive political attack ad. It's a mock rap-video aimed at Democrat Janice Hahn, who is running for Congress in California's 36th District. The YouTube video, called “Give us your cash B—ch!,” accuses candidate Hahn of enabling gang members to get out of jail “so that they can rape and kill again.” Hahn’s camp says the premise of the video is entirely baseless. Hahn and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) have asked that the video be removed immediately. But the filmmaker, Ladd Ehrlinger, isn’t budging. Text at the end of the video says it was paid for by Turn Right USA and was “Definitely NOT authorized by any candidate. So suck it McCain-Feingold.” Do videos like this have a place in politics? Does this one go too far? Is Ehlinger just vying for attention, making a legitimate political statement – or both? Will this video help or hurt Hahn or her Republican rival, Craig Huey?
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Frank Stoltze, KPCC Reporter
Ladd Ehlinger, Independent Filmmaker and Blogger; creator of the video attack ad “Give us your cash, B—ch!”
Janice Hahn, Los Angeles City Councilwoman, 15th District; Democratic candidate in the special election to fill the seat in California’s 36th congressional district
Tom Hollihan, Professor of Communications, USC’s Annenberg School of Communications