Spoof Katherine Harris Campaign Ad Runs Up Huge Numbers at Contagious Festival

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Popular viral video opens new front in political wars.

Opening a new front on the political wars, a comedic political ad, which spoofs the faltering Florida Senate campaign of Congresswoman Katherine Harris, is running up big numbers in HuffingtonPost.com's Contagious Festival. In an era when political blogs and other web based media is having an increased impact on elections, spoof political ads may well be the next development in the battle for votes.

HuffingtonPost.com is a nationally recognized web site for political news and opinion founded in 2005 by Arianna Huffington. The site hosts a "viral web content" contest entitled the Contagious Festival.

Leading by 45,000 unique visitors, the Rejected Katherine Harris Campaign Video has dramatically outpaced its nearest competition on the site. While presenting a comedic charicature of Harris, the video outlines voting irregularities from the 2000 presidential election and places responsibility squarely in Harris's lap.

Discussion of the ad has shown up on numerous Florida political sites and across the country.

The creators of the spoof ad have remained anonymous, using only a yahoo.com e-mail account as their point of contact. Questions have arisen as to whether professional political consultants or others are involved in creating and promoting the five minute video.

To view the video, go to http://cf.huffingtonpost.com/ and click on "The Rejected Katherine Harris Campaign Video."

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