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FAIR Ad Registers as 'Garbage'

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FAIR Ad Registers as 'Garbage'

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Iowa's biggest newspaper has nixed accepting a controversial ad by a national group that wants to curb immigration.

"Very rarely do we turn down ads," The Des Moines Register President and Publisher Barbara A. Henry said. "The one ad I wouldn't run shows a picture of a garbage dump, and I think they are insinuating that people who are immigrants are garbage."

The 159,000-circulation Register has run about half a dozen other full-page ads by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), a Washington-based group that says it "aims to restore reasonable and moderate levels of immigration."

FAIR Executive Director Dan Stein said the ads are intended to get presidential candidates vying in the Jan. 24 Iowa caucuses to talk about immigration. "The ads by definition have to have some edge to them if they're going to get some attention," Stein said.

FAIR and a coalition of other lobbying groups, such as the Americans for Immigration Control Foundation and Negative Population Growth, are making a "big buy" of newspaper ads and TV spots, Stein said, He declined to reveal the cost of the campaign, but said the series of print ads was running in nearly all of Iowa's 33 daily newspapers - but not in the 18,000- circulation Ottumwa Courier. …

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