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"F 9/11" ads anger Republicans

The advertising push behind Michael Moore's new documentary critical of President Bush, "Fahrenheit 9/11," is angering some Republicans, who say it is little more than a commercial campaign devised to help Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts. ...

Until the marketing campaign began, Republicans had been dismissive of the film, arguing that it would have little effect on the election because its audience would consist mostly of people already planning to vote against Mr. Bush.

But the advertising campaign has been a different story.

"There's only a very small percentage of Americans that are going to go and see this movie," said David Bossie, head of Citizens United, a conservative group that has run advertisements to promote Mr. Bush. "A much larger number are going to be bombarded by these political ads run by Michael Moore, potentially all the way through the election."

Mr. Bossie has asked the Federal Election Commission to classify the advertising as political and subject to rules that restrict broadcasts of commercials paid by unregulated money from corporations or unions. Under those rules, the advertisements for the film would have to stop 30 days before the Republican National Convention begins on Aug. 30. -- Advertising: Movie Ads or Political Ads? Complaint Says Line Is Too Fine (New York Times)