California group airs anti-tea party ad in Times Square

Consumer Watchdog wants to provide voters with an alternative, labels the movement "insane"

Published September 22, 2010 6:09PM (EDT)

A California consumer-advocacy group has launched an ad on a Times Square video screen aimed at rallying the left before the November elections and labeling the tea party movement as "insane."

The 30-second spot by Consumer Watchdog flashes phrases such as "home foreclosures" and "Wall Street greed" across a 520-square-foot screen as flames burn in the background.

It asks viewers, "Are you mad as hell but think the tea party is insane?"

Jamie Court, president of the Santa Monica-based group, says the nonprofit wants to provide voters with an alternative to the tea party and help channel their frustration in productive ways.

Calls and e-mails to a leading national tea party figure in California were not immediately returned.

Consumer Watchdog is best known for its lawsuits against the insurance industry.

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