June 30th, 2010
09:19 AM ET
4 years ago

Energy ads set to air in four states

An actor meant to represent Sen. Richard Burr is scrubbed clean in a new ad paid for by a coalition of liberal groups.
An actor meant to represent Sen. Richard Burr is scrubbed clean in a new ad paid for by a coalition of liberal groups.

(CNN) – A coalition of liberal advocacy groups is launching an ad campaign Wednesday that praises two senators for supporting clean energy policies while slamming three others the groups say fall short.

The initial $2 million ad buy is funded by VoteVets.org, the League of Conservation Voters, the Sierra Club and union group SEIU.

Democratic Sens. Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Harry Reid of Nevada are the two beneficiaries of the campaign running statewide for the next two weeks on broadcast and cable.

Getting the negative treatment are Republican Sens. Richard Burr of North Carolina and Republican Mike Johanns as well as Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska.

The ad that targets Sen. Richard Burr portrays the senator as an oil-covered animal that washes up on the beach. The narrator then says, "Senator Burr's record is a little … oily" as the actor is scrubbed clean in a large tub.

The positive spot, set to run in McCaskill's home state of Missouri, features a veteran of the Iraq War who thanks the senator for supporting the creation of clean energy jobs in the state.

“Clean energy offers the hope of new middle class jobs on which you can raise a family and send your kids to college,” said SEIU president Mary Kay Henry. “If Senators care about working families, this is a no-brainer.”

SEIU said in a statement the ads are part of a larger "$11 million ad campaign to help ensure that the U.S. Senate acts on comprehensive energy and climate legislation this summer."

In a statement to CNN, Sen. Nelson pushed back against the ads, saying “It seems special interest attack ads are the only thing bipartisan about Washington.”

-CNN's Peter Hamby contributed to this report


Filed under: Energy • issues • SEIU
soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Get A Grip

    SEIU = Thugery........and these Democrats would know all about that.

    June 30, 2010 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    These ads can benefit Sen. Reid. Sen McCaskill is my girl. She gets it!

    June 30, 2010 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  3. Amazed @ the duplicitousness

    The initial $2 million ad buy is funded by VoteVets.org, the League of Conservation Voters, the Sierra Club and union group SEIU.

    SEIU said in a statement the ads are part of a larger "$11 million ad campaign to help ensure that the U.S. Senate acts on comprehensive energy and climate legislation this summer."

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    Nice to see this is where Union members dues are going instead of helping to offset the losses in their pension fund....

    Also like the way CNN calls it a "positive spot"..... oh no their not politically biased..... Nah....not at all

    June 30, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  4. Right Leaning Independent

    These little Liberals are sooo funny with their goofy little ads that no one cares about. Why not take this waste of money and help out some of the unemployed that you profess to want to take care of. Oh, you want to use my money for that while you waste yours on these immature ads....

    June 30, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  5. Sarah, the baby seal basher

    A bath wont help these clowns,like pigs,they will go right back to the mudpit.

    June 30, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  6. Dale

    Translation – liberals want more tax dollars. Oh, but it's for your own good because we know more than you do. BS

    June 30, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  7. Rick McDaniel

    Clean energy is a pipe dream. The truth is, there is no substitute for the gasoline engine, that is at all practical, and that is the essential change needed.

    Electric is not practical, hybrid is proving to be less beneficial than previously thought, and there is currently no other practical solution available.

    Someone needs to be working on something entirely new, that will work......but I doubt they are.

    June 30, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  8. Jeff in Houston

    I've said it before here, and CNN will likley censor me again: Anything based on greed and power is on firm footing and will prevail. As proof, Exhibit A: Oil and Big Corporations.

    I wish the producers of these ads all the luck in the world. They will need it. They represent a small group of people attempting to represent the common citizen and the future of this country.

    June 30, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  9. Dano

    If the disastrous oil leak in the Gulf doesn't convince Americans of the need to wean ourselves off oil – no matter the short term cost – I don't know what will. Don't tell me the country that sent a man to the moon in less than 10 years and harnessed the energy of the atom can't devise a new way of fueling our cars, homes, and factories that doesn't damage the planet and enrich our enemies!

    June 30, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  10. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    Is that the same SEIU that controls ACORN, AARP and President Obama? There is a real trustworthy group. The same one that wants to take away choice from America's workers? The one whose president is the most frequent overnight guest of the Obozo White House. The one that defends the inefficient, overpaid workers? The one that received all of that money from the failed stimulus program?

    June 30, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  11. SEIU stinks

    Run the other way if SEIU is involved. Keep these thugs out of government (they already have a hold on the president).

    June 30, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  12. gt

    here go again more gutter , trash , poltics,,,, ugh...

    June 30, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  13. Gale

    Saw this ad on news last night. Yep, clean black oily coal. I'm sure two more Democrats taking generous donations to their campaign by self promoting lobbyist! Clean Coal! I've got a bridge in San Francisco I want to sell you, cheap!

    June 30, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  14. John D

    What a joke! The two most hated getting the benefits from these adds. As a private sector Union member I am disgusted by the SEIU and their liberal BS!

    June 30, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |