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Best Political Video Of 2009

By Greg L | 31 October 2009 | 51st HOD District, Blogs | 11 Comments


The Berry Award winners for 2009 have been announced, and local candidate Rich Anderson has garnered the top prize for this video, entitled “Leadership”.  Congratulations to the Anderson campaign for setting the standard this election cycle!

Looking at the campaign finance reports, not only did Anderson manage to win with a great video here, but it appears he spent less than a tenth of what his opponent did in this race on video production costs.  Paul Nichols’ campaign finance report shows a $15,000 expense for video production, where Anderson’s total outlays for all of his videos is a mere $1,200.  If Anderson’s cost-effectiveness as a candidate carries forward to his likely tenure as a legislator, I’d say the residents of the 51st District are going to get a great deal this election.

All of the videos nominated this year really demonstrated how Republican candidates are taking the lead in developing multi-media content for their websites and using Web 2.0 resources to supplement their campaigns.  This election cycle has seen a lot more video from candidates, and the quality of those has dramatically improved every year.  There’s little doubt the use of website video will continue to increase in political campaigns as more and more voters use the internet to inform themselves about the candidates who are asking for their votes.  While few have the time or ability to attend a lot of political rallies, just about anyone can click on a YouTube video when it’s convenient for them, and more and more candidates are making sure they have something worth watching.

One of my videos got nominated, and came in fourth place, which isn’t bad for being the only video not commissioned by a campaign or a political party to get considered for this award. With nearly 20,000 views on YouTube, it was among the most popular of the nominees, and turned out to be the highest-viewed video on YouTube regarding the AG race, so I’ll count that as a victory.

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  1. Anonymous said on 31 Oct 2009 at 7:41 pm:
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    Good thing Anderson isn’t using his uniform for political gain like Gill was attacked for last election…

  2. Greg L said on 31 Oct 2009 at 8:19 pm:
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    Oh, ye of little knowledge. But I can understand that some civillians don’t grasp what DoD and Air Force regulations allow and do not allow.

    First, DoD regulations about the uniform apply to those that are WEARING them. In the video, the uniform is not being worn. As to the pictures that appear, controls over their use apply to those who are currently on active duty or are in the reserve component, and specify that use for political purposes must not have the subject in question as the only one wearing the uniform. Memorabilia pictures with other persons in uniform after a person has retired or otherwise separated from service are permitted.

    It’s a far cry from someone putting a uniform on in order to have campaign photos taken of him and someone using memorabilia photographs to demonstrate a distinguished career in military service. You will note that in every picture where civillians are present, Rich Anderson is in civillian clothes.

  3. FED UP said on 31 Oct 2009 at 9:54 pm:
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  4. Anonymous said on 31 Oct 2009 at 11:19 pm:
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    Even if Anderson didn’t break the rules, I find it highly offensive that anyone would wrap themselves in the flag. People take patriotism way too seriously. It’s like anyone in a uniform is someone we’re supposed to bow down to. What about the people who really make this country great, like teachers, carpenters, and the union members who do the everyday work that keeps this country running? Nobody is honoring the work they do day in and day out to keep this economy strong.

    So big deal that Anderson was in control of nuclear missle bases. Doesn’t anyone wonder about the idea of putting someone who had their finger on the trigger of global nuclear annihilation in our legislature? Is he going to get off on having his finger on the trigger of eliminating a woman’s right to choose, the protection of immigrant rights, and keeping people who have served their time disenfranchised? I have to wonder about the mental stability of anyone who would agree to push the buttons that would destroy millions of lives.

    I can’t wait until this election is over and I can stop tracking this horrible blog. You neanderthals make me sick. Haven’t you learned anything after Obama won last year?

  5. Groveton said on 1 Nov 2009 at 7:57 am:
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    “I can’t wait until this election is over…”

    I imagine that’s true for all of Virginia’s Democrats. Of course, there will be another election in a year and another the year after that, etc.

    I am old enough to remember the presidencey of Jimmy Carter. Deja vu, all over again?

  6. Patty said on 1 Nov 2009 at 8:30 am:
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    Mrs. F

    Please go back to your blog.

    How come you don’t have a Rishell sign to go with your Deeds? You say you are moderate. That’s the biggest joke around.

  7. Patty said on 1 Nov 2009 at 8:33 am:
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    Congratulations Mr. Anderson!!!

  8. Not Luke Torian said on 1 Nov 2009 at 4:08 pm:
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    Anon, you sanctimonious, anti-American, leftist nutbag twit.

    Nice to see the only reason you’re here is because some campaign or party paid you to be here. You paint quite a picture of the mentality of the kind of people working for Paul Nichols. Nuclear disarmament, pro-abortion-on-demand, anti-business, pro-criminal and now, surprisingly, pro-illegal alien. How about forced redistribution of income, free taxpayer-funded needles for heroin addicts and prohibiting the display of religious convictions in public?

    I am so sick and tired of Democrats trying to present themselves as moderates while right under the surface they’re a bunch of closet Hugo Chavez wannabe’s. Obama showed us what that turns into, and it sucks, big time. His policies will destroy this country, and apparently you’re just peachy with that.

    Go sell your BS in Havana, because we’re not buying any of it here. Not after what Obama has done so far.

  9. Freedom said on 1 Nov 2009 at 5:42 pm:
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    Rich Anderson, has done it already…you can see it in the video. He has served his nation admirably…in him, you don’t see a police citation of his challenging a police officer on the side of the highway (and getting his nose bloodied in the process) In Rich, you don’t see a millionaire (at the expense of the unfortunate) who can afford to throw big money into his campaign and offer a tax-funded hand-out to everyone. In Rich, you don’t see a man who supports an ever expanding, freedom-sucking government.

    Rich Anderson has served his country for 30 years already and is willing to do even more. He is a common sense, ordinary citizen, family man, a man who recognizes the capabilities of the American people to make life better for themselves and all citizens, not through non-incentivizing government funded entitlements, but simply through hard work.

    The 51st District and the all of Virginia needs Rich Anderson in the HOD.

  10. Kevin C. said on 3 Nov 2009 at 10:25 am:
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    Anonymous said: “What about the people who really make this country great, like teachers, carpenters, and the union members who do the everyday work that keeps this country running? Nobody is honoring the work they do day in and day out to keep this economy strong.”


    So, I take it you’ve never heard of LABOR DAY?

    Or maybe it’s possible you don’t KNOW what Labor Day is, or means?

    No wonder you voted for oBAAma.

    How you likin’ all that, “CHANGE?”

  11. Kevin C. said on 3 Nov 2009 at 10:41 am:
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    Anonymous said: “I can’t wait until this election is over and I can stop tracking this horrible blog.”

    You talk as if someone is holding a GUN to your head FORCING you to, “…track this…blog?”

    As the saying goes, “Don’t let the door hit you in the ASS on your way out!”

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