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Thursday, July 31, 2008

Report: Hilton Family Fuming Over McCain Ad Spoofing Paris and Obama

There has been much talk about the ad above where the McCain campaign invokes Britney Spears and Paris Hilton by comparing Barack Obama's "rock star" appeal to the two used in the ad, but since the Hilton Family are McCain donors, was it smart?
Many have defended the comparison of Barack Obama with Paris Hilton and Britney Spears and many have criticized it, but considering that the Hilton family are donors to the John McCain campaign, the next question becomes, wasn't it like biting the hand that feeds you?

The Hiltons are the family behind the international chain of full-service Hilton hotels and resorts. There are 533 Hilton branded hotels across the world.

Reports are starting to come out that after the release of the video, the McCain campaign phones were ringing off the hook- the callers being none other than McCain donors from the Hilton family.

Paris Hilton's father, Rick has donated $6,300 to the McCain campaign, her mother Kathy, 2,300 and Paris' grandfather William, co-chairman of the Hilton Hotel chain, and the original owner of the San Diego Chargers, has donated tens of thousands of dollars to the RNC and McCain.

Which explains the reports buzzing around the blogosphere about how Grandpa William was none too pleased with the use of his grand-daughter to compare to Barack Obama in the new ad..

It seems that the elder Hilton has donated $18,400 to the McCain campaign, and $35,000 to the National Republican Senatorial Committee in the last couple of years. (Paris’s father, Rick Hilton, has given an additional $6,900 to the McCain campaign. Suffice it to say, he’s none too pleased either.)

The McCain campaign finally hit on a theme that reports are saying has gained traction, but the use of a member of a very rich, influential family that happens to be supporters of John McCain, could be called not thinking ahead or looking at the big picture by some.

The same comparison could have been made using any number of different people, so one has to wonder why the campaign chose Paris Hilton, knowing that her family are contributors to John McCain and the Republican National committee.