December 15th, 2009
01:09 PM ET
11 months ago

DCCC targets GOP members over exec bonus votes

Washington (CNN) – Congressional Democrats are looking to harness public rage over executive pay, launching a new radio ad campaign that hits Republicans for voting against measures that would limit some corporate bonuses.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced Tuesday it will start airing the 60-second spot in the California congressional districts represented by Dan Lungren and Mary Bono Mack, along with districts represented by Lee Terry of Nebraska, Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania and lightning rod Joe Wilson of South Carolina.

Full script of "Remember", as released by the DCCC:


"October 2008, the last months of the Bush presidency.

"The big banks and financial institutions almost collapsed, putting our entire economy at risk.

"Remember?

"We all know we should never let this happen again. That's why what our Congressman Lee Terry did last week is so disturbing.

"Congressman Terry voted to let Wall Street continue the same risky practices that crippled retirement accounts and left taxpayers on the hook for $700 billion dollars.

"And he voted to allow the big banks to pay high rolling executives unchecked compensation and bonuses.

"Maybe the $234,000 dollars that financial special interests have given to Congressman Terry mattered more to him than protecting taxpayers and consumers.

"Doesn't that just make you mad?

"Call Lee Terry, tell him to stop standing up for the big banks and to start standing up for us."


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soundoff (47 Responses)
  1. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    The thing that scares (and saddens) me is that there are those out there who will, in all likelihood either; not understand the gravity of that action/position and or not care how they will be impacted by such self interested behavior.

    Ditto heads have never seen a tax cut (for the wealthy/profitable) that they didn't like, I'll NEVER understand them.

    December 15, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  2. jack

    If the Wall Street boys were doing such a "great" job, why did the economy explode? I grew up believing a bonus was paid for outstanding performance. Stock holders need to bust the heads of these people. The excess paid to worthless executives could be paid out to stock holders and increase the value of those companies. Instead they keep rewarding failure.

    December 15, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  3. Steph

    Amen to that! There are no distortions like the tea party folks like to spew. These are the hard facts, the money received from special interests, the voting record. The ad basically writes itself.

    December 15, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  4. Anon

    Last I heard, this was the Land of the Free. America is where a person can go from rags to riches if he/she works hard enough. So now the politicians are horning in and deciding how much a person can earn? Socialism at its best.

    December 15, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  5. bob in LA

    Is anybody else tired of turning everything into a political ad-op?
    Why cant these guys just do their job- keeping us safe, fed and healthy.
    Not everything has to be a new ad to raise money or point a finger at the other side. Enough

    December 15, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  6. Silence Dogoode

    Ummmm, guys you do remember that Bill Clinton signed the law that deregulated the banks?????

    December 15, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  7. unemployed by Obama

    the rage should be directed toward the cowardly traitor democrates who are going to raise your taxes and put more people out of work.

    December 15, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  8. Independent Bob

    We must take big money out of the equation by voting out all incumbents and electing citizen legilators that will campaign on the strength of self imposed term limits. Political careerism has led to the rancorous political environment in which we live today and have for many years. Not only is it sleazy, but it destroys any incentive to participate in the process. Of course that serves the interests of the Democrats and the Republicans. The major parties only care about maintaining their monopoly on the political process and fighting for power. They want to be the party in power and voters don't really matter. They will do anything to manipulate us.

    The DCCC is targeting Rebublican Congressmen and women for taking money from special interests. I ask you...do Democrats take money from special interests? Of course they do.

    December 15, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  9. A. Goodwin

    Not only is it true, its a great reminder who got us into this mess!! Thanks but no thanks, Republicans!

    December 15, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  10. Carl Justus

    The republicans would jump into the fire to save a CE0's bonus and massive salary for that is where they get their pockets filled with cash, not only for their campaigns, but I beleive they also get some on that is not reported for they sure will go to bat for any rich person they can find.

    December 15, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  11. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    While they're at it, go after John McCain's son bonus that he took a month before Silver Bank of Arizona failed and Bank of America took over to bail out investors and guess what people we the taxpayers bailed out Bank of America. Republican business as usual, especially the kind John McCain is familiar with.

    December 15, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  12. A. Smith, Oregon

    Of course placing 30 billion taxpayer dollars into the greedy hands of American corporate CEO's and management teams during the very worst of economic times for all other American's is a punch in the faces of those without employment and those without homes across America.

    However, given that those same American Corporations gave hundreds of millions of dollars to those same Republican lawmakers for their elections, its entirely predictable. The Republican's are simply paying back their masters in hopes they'll continue pouring money into their Senatorial re-election coffers.

    Outrageous to all Americans and business as usual for the Republican Party, go figure!

    December 15, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  13. MT

    I've got an idea! How about the elected IDIOTS in DC take a look the spending from both sides of the isle, then I'll listen about spending in the private sector.

    DENVER - Two Colorado congressmen spent more than $100,000 each of taxpayer money last year to mail constituents fliers to bolster their campaigns.

    U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colo., spent $103,377 on taxpayer-funded mailing and another $168,223 on reproduction costs in 2008, and U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D-Colo., spent $100,557 last year sending mail to constituents and another $118,831 on copying costs, congressional records show.

    December 15, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  14. Objective Thinking

    More negative attack ads. Grow up, DCCC.

    December 15, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  15. Paul from Phoenix

    I don't think Congress has done a good job. Why did they vote themselves a payraise this year while the rest of us had our pay cut? Point the finger at yourselves first.

    Someone in the media have the courage to ask this quesiton to Pelosi and Reid. Or is real journalism completely dead?

    December 15, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  16. David

    I hope everyone know the reason why these banks are paying the TARP funds back. They do not want a "pay czar" or anyone else telling them what they can or can't do. So they pay it all back so they can give out those huge bonuses again. So much for BO and his ridiculous plans.

    December 15, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  17. DianeR PCFL

    I would have been more blunt than the DCCC . If I had written the ad, I would have said: "Remember Joe Wilson, he's just another corporate-owned Republican who's for banker big bonuses, but against quality health care for you and me."

    December 15, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  18. ran

    Yes. It is about time the gloves are coming off. Continue this with health care reform and go after Lieberman, Nelson, blue dogs, and yes the Republicans.

    December 15, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  19. B

    I think that the American people have just about had it with the nonsense being allowed to go on with the rich and powerful.They continue to Rape the working families of this country. It isn’t enough that Wall street just got handed a blank -GREED- check by the Taxpayers, but now we have idiots like Lieberman taking the Healthcare Bill hostage for his own POMPOUS grandiose ego!

    December 15, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  20. Johnny K

    The Republicans are the party of NO,NO and more No when it comes to helping the American people and YES,YES and more YES when it comes to helping it's friends,Big Banks,Insurance companies,Big Corporations,etc. Send the Republicans a message loud and clear in 2010....

    December 15, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  21. George

    The GOP is owned by the thieves in neckties. They are paid quite well to give the thieves permission to steal. Anything that helps Americans, the GOP is against. Party before country. Please remember this in 2010.

    December 15, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  22. Slider

    It must suck to be so angry all the time. I guess that is why the left in this country has a purpose: to make everyone as miserable as themselves.

    Jimmy Carter even had an index for it.

    What a sad lot you people are.

    December 15, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
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