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Obama ad attacks McCain for Baghdad Ferris wheel project being built on land leased by a Democratic Party donor

Will it go 'round in circles?

Maybe you’ve heard what has been dubbed the "Ferris wheel" radio attack ad targeting John McCain.

"Well, the Iraqi government is finally spending some of its $79 billion surplus from oil," begins a scratchy voice over the sound of carnival music. “Where’s the money going? A Ferris wheel."

The ad, which has been playing on several radio stations in Colorado and other battleground states, goes on to describe the 650-foot-high Ferris wheel that Iraqi politicians hope to construct in Baghdad’s al-Zawra Park. "It’s enough to make your head spin," the ad continues. "John McCain wants America to keep spending $10 billion a month in Iraq when we should be rebuilding America."

The irony is that even though the project is being used against McCain, the man who holds a fifty-year lease on al-Zawra Park, Llewellyn Werner -- the subject of a Westword feature article -- has given tens of thousands of dollars to the Democratic Party over the past decade and is a supporter of Barack Obama.

Once a key advisor for former California governor (and perennial Democratic presidential hopeful) Jerry Brown, Werner is now operating numerous investment projects in Iraq, including the construction of a $500 million amusement park in al-Zawra Park called the Baghdad Zoo and Entertainment Experience.

Read more about Werner and his scheme in the October 2 Westword. -- Jared Jacang Maher

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