By JIM KUHNHENN
The images are searing, violent. Smoke and flames pouring from the World Trade Center towers. Bullets ripping through military protective vests.
The scenes are from this year’s campaign ad wars, waged outside the control of candidates or political parties.
Heading into the final weeks before the Nov. 7 elections, independent advocacy groups, many financed by a few wealthy donors, are spending millions on ads in some of the most contested states and congressional districts.