Democratic PAC goes after House freshmen in new ads
August 12th, 2011
08:10 AM ET
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Democratic PAC goes after House freshmen in new ads

Washington (CNN) - Three House Republicans are the targets of a new series of political ads purchased by House Majority PAC, a Democratic group focused on regaining control of the House of Representatives.

The group is going after three lawmakers: Republican Reps. Tim Griffin of Arkansas, Scott Tipton of Colorado, and Chip Cravaack of Minnesota. All three are serving their first term in Congress.

“The American people are disgusted with House Republicans’ misguided priorities and votes to throw middle class families under the bus,” Alixandria Lapp, Executive Director of House Majority PAC, said in a statement Friday. “Whether it’s ethics problems or voting for tax loopholes to keep corporate profits sky high, protecting profits for companies that ship jobs to China, or ending Medicare as we know it, House Republicans have plenty to answer for back home this August recess.”

In their release, House Majority PAC notes that the ad purchase cost in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

In the ad targeting Tipton, a narrator derides the congressman for saying that coming to Congress “clouds your vision.” Tipton made that comment earlier this month in debate on raising the federal debt ceiling, making the point that some lawmakers forget about small businesses when they come to Congress. House Majority PAC linked to the full speech in their release.

The ad goes on to show headlines from Colorado newspapers saying “Tipton money goes to nephew’s company” and “Tipton may have violated ethics rules.”

House Majority PAC is one of several Democratic independent-expenditure groups formed within the last year. The organization is considered a Super PAC, meaning that corporations and unions can contribute unlimited amounts of money to the group.


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soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. mark whitt

    alary of retired US Presidents .............$199,700 FOR LIFE
    Salary of House/Senate .......................$174,00​0 FOR LIFE
    Salary of Speaker of the House ............$192,600 FOR LIFE
    Salary of Majority/Minority Leaders ...... $166,700 FOR LIFE
    Average Salary of a teacher ................ $40,065
    Average Salary of Soldier DEPLOYED IN AFGHANISTAN $38,000
    I think we found where the cuts should be made! If you agree... RE-POST

    August 12, 2011 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  2. JIMMY

    thank you liberals, just got a 800k 30 loan @ 4.25%, sure i had good credit and 400k cash down, but 30 yrs @ 4.25%. The rich keep getting richer, my only hope is that we push you liberals further behind :)

    August 12, 2011 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  3. Sue

    All of the Democrats are getting as desperate and pathetic as Obama. Hey, maybe they should have a cross country bus tour like Obama? I am surprised that they are not running on Obama's record in regard to unemployment, economy, and gas prices!!

    August 12, 2011 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Many in the Tea Party caucus do not have misguided priorities as much as they are simply ignorant of the bigger picture. To say that they have misguided priorities is to say that they are aware of the bigger picture and simply ignore it. I say they are totally ignorant of the bigger picture, not merely misguided.

    August 12, 2011 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  5. T'sah from Virginia

    Salary of retired US Presidents .............$199,700 FOR LIFE
    Salary of House/Senate .......................$174,00​0 FOR LIFE
    Salary of Speaker of the House ............$192,600 FOR LIFE
    Salary of Majority/Minority Leaders ...... $166,700 FOR LIFE
    Average Salary of a teacher ................ $40,065
    [Average Salary of a custodian..............$19,000]
    [Average Salary of a Sr. Programmer Analyst (woman)......... $50,000 (men)....$80,000-$100,000]
    [Average Salary of Secretaries.............$25,000]
    Average Salary of Soldier DEPLOYED IN AFGHANISTAN $38,000
    I think we found where the cuts should be made! If you agree... RE-POST

    August 12, 2011 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  6. Clwyd

    As a teacher receiving that average salary or a little higher I think you missed the boat. The CEO's making billions and paying on average 17% in taxes due to the tax loopholes is where we need to make sure they have pay their 37%. That will balance the budget a lot faster! T'sah from Virginia you are all wrong!

    August 12, 2011 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  7. gt

    amen mark ! great point.. thats what happens when those in power set there wage scale...pathedic

    August 12, 2011 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  8. Marcus

    Jimmy, you arrogant punk, well off liberals won`t let you in their gated communities. The poor, disenfranchised ones are going to take your $h!+.

    No one that is truly successful in this country can say they didn`t get lucky as part of the recipe. Those sactimonius jerks that think they are solely "self-made" ultimately fall.

    Oh, and watch your women. They like your money but like liberal`s honey – if you know what I mean.

    August 12, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  9. Ralph

    In response to Mark Whitt's post on the retirement payments made to House/ Senate members of Congress.
    I'll accept your numbers regarding their salaries, BUT I respectfully want to point out that I believe Congress doesn't get their retirement payments until AFTER they've served at least 10 years.

    Salary of House/Senate ……………..$174,00 0 FOR LIFE

    Salary of Speaker of the House ……$192,600 FOR LIFE

    Salary of Majority/Minority Leader … $166,700 FOR LIFE

    August 12, 2011 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  10. cindy

    Heres an idea for you. anyone-everyone who signed the Norquist pledge should pick up their checks and benefits from Norquist Ilk. They are NOT listening to the people who elected them and not performing befitting the American people period. In other words we are NOT getting what we pay for. Give the bill to Norquist Ilk and let THEM pay for it instead of the AMERICAN govt. After all-we are broke anyway.

    August 12, 2011 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  11. Rick McDaniel

    That's how the Dems operate......they tell no truths, they lie to the public, and they deceive the public, at every turn. They are the "welfare party" and they intend to keep the poor, poor, jobless, and dependent on them, so the Democratic Party can become a dictatorship to the people.

    The public needs to wake up, and get the real facts, before it is too late to save America, from those who would take it over.

    August 12, 2011 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  12. Ray E. Georgia

    Well,
    You wouldn't put the Shuck on me, would you? The American People are Disgusted with House Republician's MISGUIDED Priorities and votes to throw middle class families under the bus? Who has a Bus anymore? Some of you people need to get a better line. That one is getting old. How about YOU PEOPLE NEED TO START DOING IT YOURSELF. Before the Great Society people did do it themselves. I wonder how they survived? Not on a Welfare State. It is time to Phase out Social Security, Dump Medicare and eliminate Obama Care.

    August 12, 2011 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  13. Rudy NYC

    Salary of House/Senate ……………..$174,00 0 FOR LIFE
    -------------
    That is just the scraps when compared to corporate America. New York used to have a phone company named NYNEX, which was purchased by Verizon. Verizon is a name that has made headlines recently because of striking workers.

    During GWB's first term, an issue came up regarding retirement pensions paid out to former NYNEX employees, of which there were some 300,000. The regents administering the retirements decided to reduce pensions paid out to the majority of former union workers, while increasing the rates paid to former executives. The board of regents is comprised of said former executives. They voted to give themselves a raise.

    What is remarkable about this story is that they reduced payments to 98% of the retirees. The percentage of money being paid to that 2%, who are retired executives, is 90% of all money being being paid out. While the government pensions are remarkable, the private sector is appalling.

    In the case of the former NYNEX workers, 2% of the retirees are recieving 90% of the payout. So when companies complain about the pension costs skyrocketing, are they really being honest with us when they blame it on union workers?

    August 12, 2011 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  14. Liz the First

    JIMMY
    "JIMMY
    thank you liberals, just got a 800k 30 loan @ 4.25%, sure i had good credit and 400k cash down, but 30 yrs @ 4.25%. The rich keep getting richer, my only hope is that we push you liberals further behind "
    i guess JImmy doesn't realize that if the repugs take down the country, he'll go with it. unless he's a multimillionaire, that is. and something tells me he's not. Jimmy, it's the liberals who are trying to save the country from the mess YOUR party made of it. the crazy idea that the rich should pay no taxes will be the ruination of our society. when one of their businesses needs additional capital, do you think for one second they won't raise their prices? this country now has 300 million people. to think that we can operate a government on the same amount of money we took in when we had 200 million is insanity. here's a suggestion for cutting gov't spending. take away medicare, medicaid, social security, unemployment, etc, from every registered republican. they don't want it anyway. right, JIMMY?

    August 12, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |