Washington, DC – A Saudi lobby in the United States has launched a television advertisement campaign against Qatar, contracts reviewed by Al Jazeera show, with $138,000 spent on seven, 30-second TV spots.
The TV spots have been purchased by the Saudi American Public Relation Affairs Committee (SAPRAC).
The advertisements, which began airing on NBC-4 in Washington, DC on July 23, say Qatar is supporting “terrorism” and destabilising US allies in the region, allegations that the Saudi-led group of countries has maintained since cutting ties with Qatar on June 5.
Doha rejects the allegations as “baseless”.
Four of the ads will run during Meet the Press, a weekly news-interview programme that sees host Chuck Todd interview high-level politicians on Sunday mornings.
The programme leads the Sunday show news market and has seen gains in viewership over the past year, according to reports. 
For the four spots, totalling 120 seconds, SAPRAC paid $120,000, or $1,000 per second.
The three other ads were …