Originally Posted by zuben el genub
It isn't so much the politicians - it's PACS and action groups.
If someone was totally outraged about a Mormon running for office, we had that case a couple of years ago about Warren Jeffs and plural marriage. There is nothing to stop some action group from hammering on that - it isn't libel since they are not associating it with a candidate, it was a real case, but it makes people associate this nonsense with all Mormons by inference. The same goes for other religions.
We didnt see much of this type of "additional ads" way back. But you are right, more action-groups are funding ads of their own to bash a component. Thats why we started hearing such announcement like "This is .......and I approve this message" so to distinguish their own campaign-funded ad.
But you can BET most of the extra ads this election, espexially in the last two days were Dum Trump-funded. His birth certificate rants didnt work last term and didnt stop a second term. By now, Trumpage is probably a messy ball of sinus and salivage...