House Republicans targeted in new commercials
October 17th, 2011
08:55 AM ET
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House Republicans targeted in new commercials

(CNN) - An independent group dedicated to helping House Democrats try and win back control of the chamber is going up with television commercials targeting four Republican congressmen.

House Majority PAC says it's launching a six-figure campaign starting Monday that will run for a week on broadcast and cable television, going after Rep. Charlie Bass of New Hampshire, Rep. Sean Duffy of Wisconsin, Rep. Bill Johnson of Ohio, and Rep. Dan Lungren of California.

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The ads attack the four congressman for "rewarding Wall Street with lower taxes while middle class families are struggling on Main Street," according to an email release from the group.

House Majority PAC is an independent-expenditure only committee, sometimes known as a "super PAC," with the goal to help win back the House Majority for Democrats.

Democrats won control of the House in the 2006 election, but the GOP stormed back and retook control of the chamber in the 2010 midterms, thanks to a 62 seat pick up. Democrats need to win back at least 25 seats to win back control of the House.

–CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.


Filed under: Democrats • House Majority PAC • Republicans
soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. Tired of the nonsense

    Easy fodder for the commercials - there's not a single member of the GOP who is for 98% of Americans. They're only out for themselves, the Kochs and the people padding their bank accounts.

    October 17, 2011 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    America needs to know the real differences between Republicans and Democrats. Pres. Obama is out pushing the jobs bill, which Republicans have tried to characterize as a political stunt. Well, the Republicans took the bait. Not only did they uniformly vote against the bill, they have tried to accuse Democrats of not wanting to compromise and work with them.

    House Republicans declared the President should work with them and pass the parts that can be agreed on, which is simply more tax cuts. Maybe House Democrats should insist that more tax cuts here, should be offset by less tax cuts there. But, they won't and rightfully so. The whole point was to make Republicans produce a "jobs plan", which they did. Their plan has no jobs in it. Their plan does not create demand, which is the real engine that drives economic growth. Their plan only increases profits and reduces costs for businesses, but it does not stimulate demand.

    October 17, 2011 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    In Florida, California resident Connie Mack has voted against seniors, veterans, middle class workers, the poor, and any bill that would create jobs or hope for us. Yet the very people he has attacked, support his efforts to take away their social security, their medicare, their medicaid, their post office, their veteran's benefits, women's rights, banking regulations, and government regulations on our environment. Connie is hurting us, but the majority of Lee County evidently don't care.

    October 17, 2011 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  4. Larry L

    We need a House of Representatives to represent all of America, not just the rich or the radical Tea Party crowd. It's time to throw out everybody who took a "pledge" and elect some people who will think and not obstruct the operation of our government.

    October 17, 2011 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  5. Jack from Illinois

    This is the game Republicans chose to play. How sweet it would be if they wound up hoist on their own petard.

    October 17, 2011 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  6. Jean Sartre Milwaukee, WI

    Sean Duffy is Not for WISCONSIN either; he's in the pocket of the 1%ers and a shill for Gov. Walker and his fascist’s...

    October 17, 2011 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  7. Joe

    TeaGop, " An American Political Party that has been infiltrated with "Facism,Racism,and is "Completely run by Corporations,Southern Bigotry,and evil minded Evangelical Hatred groups!!!! Wake up Americans???? Our Black Americans need to come out in force,and vote democratic in 2012!!!! I am a White American,and I,ll be right their with you!!!! Hail to the Chief!! Obama-Biden 2012!!

    October 17, 2011 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  8. rude

    Corporations are people too, Republicans are for those people.

    October 17, 2011 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  9. ChrisG

    All the GOP/TP extremist in government have got to go. They are the reason congress is unable to compromise. Remember, the party of NO has no place in government

    October 17, 2011 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  10. Scott

    Just tell me where I can donate???

    October 17, 2011 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  11. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Mitt Romney is proud of the money he has received. And the money thinks he's swell, too.

    October 17, 2011 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  12. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    rude@ "Corporations are people too, Republicans are for those people."

    Don't worry, buddy. At some point Scalia will have an apoplectic fit, and have to step down from the court. If this happens in the next year, that means the 5-4 balance will be against the Conservatives. Then Corporations will no longer be ruled as "people".

    October 17, 2011 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  13. Sandy

    I'd like to see challenges to Boehner, Cantor and McConnell. Aren't they up for reelection in 2012?

    October 17, 2011 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  14. Clwyd

    We in Wisconsin have been waiting now almost 9 months for Ron Johnson to say and or do something as senator. He has done nothing and is a typical "DO NOTHING" republican!

    October 17, 2011 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  15. k dogg

    They need to target more teapublicans. Get rid of all them idiots

    October 17, 2011 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  16. Rudy NYC

    The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the !%.

    October 17, 2011 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  17. 99%er

    Has anyone seen or heard of any jobs bill from the Republican Congress ?? -– Or did I miss something !!!! Wasn`t this what they harped on last election?

    October 17, 2011 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  18. Phil in KC

    This is no big deal. The Republicans do the same thing.

    October 17, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  19. Rudy NYC

    Joe from CT wrote:
    on't worry, buddy. At some point Scalia will have an apoplectic fit, and have to step down from the court. If this happens in the next year, that means the 5-4 balance will be against the Conservatives. Then Corporations will no longer be ruled as "people".
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    I hope something does change that causes the Court to change direction from its' current conservative bias. I see the Court making some rather disturbing rulings in the near future, particularly if the Republicans take control of the White House and Congress. Because a court that can rule that money is free speech and corporations are "people", can also rule that those same "people" have a right to vote. "No taxation without representation."

    October 17, 2011 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  20. SuperD

    When you are given Progressive economic policy that is doomed to Fail (Stimulus, current so called Jobs Bill). You have to say NO. What I never hear on this board is why the Jobs Bill is a good idea. No it's not, it's just more govt. intrusion in the market place and it's going to be a huge waste of tax dollars. What is wrong to saying NO to that poppycock? When are the DEMS going to come up with a plan that does not tax. spend, and grow the size of the govt? I mean, this is what the Republicans get lock stock and barrel over any issue, the same lame DEM plans Tax and spend.

    October 17, 2011 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  21. vic , nashville ,tn

    Democrats must focus on south now they may have chance in 2012

    Alabama new immigration law impact so far
    Small business owners losing their income (they deposit their collection everyday)
    Next year many farmers want invest in their farm because no employee
    Rental property owners have to pay their mortgages from their pocket

    Aging who got affected middle class and self-employed

    October 17, 2011 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  22. The Thumb

    Requirements for a Job: Resume with a job history, drivers license, citizenship, ambition, personality, able to take direction, drug and alcohol free, hygiene and how about a presentable haircut...These are starters....But most importantly, you need a government that actually promotes legal American workers, so how about this:

    Every business that farms foreign labor and parts, should pay back the percentage of that product profit subsidized by cheap labor and parts, to our nations debt; after all, this practice has robbed American workers a right to manufacture and produce that said product. Would that be a fair and balanced approach to Corporate greed? Or, would that make you think twice when buying that next tech toy," You just have to have." Do we want jobs that produce American products or are your cheap foreign toys and products FAR more important.

    October 17, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  23. phoenix86

    Democrats banking that Americans are, at heart, lazy and stupid and will return Pelosi to the Speakers position.

    October 17, 2011 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  24. Roger

    Koch/Boehner 2012. The dream team for Corporate America. Sure not for us folks. How are those tax cuts working with all the new jobs created as Boehner keeps preaching. He did say that U.S. jobs would be lost if we eliminate the tax cuts for the wealthy. What industry is left you idiot to lose jobs????? You have raped the middle class for greed.
    Can't wait to VOTE!

    October 17, 2011 10:19 am at 10:19 am |