Citizens United, a conservative advocacy group based in Washington, plans to release a 95-minute film in the five swing-state publications to highlight Obama's record on abortion rights, foreign policy and his past associations, including his relationship with former pastor Rev. Jermiah Wright. The group said it planned to spend more than $1 million to distribute about 1.25 million copies of "Hype: The Obama Effect."
"We think it's a truthful attack. People can take it anyway they want," said David Bossie, Citizens United's president.
Readers of The Columbus Dispatch received their copy Tuesday. The Cincinnati Enquirer, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, The Palm Beach (Fla.) Post and the Las Vegas Review-Journal are scheduled to receive them in coming days.
The film raises questions about Obama's political base in Chicago and the media's reporting on Obama.
Among those interviewed are conservative columnist Robert Novak, former Clinton strategist-turned-pundit Dick Morris and former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and discredited Obama critic Jerome Corsi also give interviews.
Bossie was involved in the House's investigation of President Clinton that led to his Senate impeachment trial.
Obama campaign spokesman Isaac Baker said middle-class families are tired of "slash and burn politics."
"Ohio voters aren't buyingincreasingly negative and desperate smear tactics, and we're confident they'll see right through these dishonest, debunked attacks from the fringes of the far right," Baker said.