The campaign-style ads continue on Clear Channel's Denver stations

For the American Petroleum Institute, the campaign isn't over.

On election day a week ago, broadcast outlets were clogged with political ads intended to sway the opinions of folks taking the whole undecided-voter thing to extremes. Such content has dried up for the most part, but not entirely. After all, some organizations view campaigning as a continuous process rather than a period that ends, at least temporarily, after votes are cast. Right now, for example, Clear Channel's Denver talk properties are running spots funded by the American Petroleum Institute; the commercials urge listeners to demand that their congressional representatives pass legislation relaxing restrictions about drilling for oil. Following the defeat of Amendment 58, which would have eliminated a tax credit for Colorado drillers, the energy industry apparently sees an opportunity to capitalize on pro-exploration statements made prior to the election, by Barack Obama as well as John McCain. So why wait for another election to push the agenda a little further?

That's a rhetorical question the sales staffers at Clear Channel would like to hear a lot more often during the post-election ad-buying doldrums. -- Michael Roberts

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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