Harry Reid push called 'un-American' in new ad​
March 31st, 2014
09:26 AM ET
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Harry Reid push called 'un-American' in new ad​

Washington (CNN) - American Encore, a new conservative group created by outside money specialist Sean Noble, is airing a television ad in Nevada attacking Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for proposing IRS regulations that would rein in outside political groups.

The minute-long spot features a clip of Reid on the Senate floor blasting the billionaire business titans Charles and David Koch, who have steered hundreds of millions of dollars to conservative causes in recent election cycles without disclosing their donors, "as un-American as anyone that I can imagine."

"Sen. Reid, attempting to kill free speech because you disagree with what's said, that's unfair and that un-American," the ad's narrator says. "Tell Harry Reid, stop attacking free speech."

American Encore is spending $30,000 to air the commercial for a week on Las Vegas cable, beginning Monday. It's accompanied by a digital ad buy.

The group, a 501(c)4 organization that launched earlier this month, plans to spend $10 million this midterm cycle against Democrats who have been critical of outside campaign spending.

Noble, the organization's founder, formerly headed the Center to Protect Patient Rights, a Koch-affiliated group that funneled almost $200 million in undisclosed contributions to conservative entities like Americans for Prosperity and the National Rifle Association between 2009 and 2012, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

American Encore has already aired a TV ad in Minnesota that attacked Democratic Sen. Al Franken, who is up for re-election this year. Reid is not on the ballot again until 2016.

UPDATE: The Nevada Democratic party condemned the ad in a statement Monday.

"Nothing says 'free speech' like shadowy billionaires spending unlimited amounts of money on a massive campaign of deception to buy an election," said party spokesman Zach Hudson.

"The Koch brothers' extreme agenda of privatizing Social Security and ending Medicare as we know it to pay for tax breaks for corporations that ship American jobs overseas is out-of-touch with Nevada. Fortunately, Nevadans have Harry Reid fighting for a strong middle class and a growing economy."


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soundoff (86 Responses)
  1. ThinkAgain: Don't like Congress? Get rid of the repub/tea bag majority.

    Millions in undisclosed campaign contributions is what's un-American. It's We the People, not We the Corporations.

    And if the Koch brothers and all the 501(c) organizations are so darn patriotic, then reveal your donor lists and all the amounts contributed so we can thank all those patriots ourselves.

    It will never happen – because the Kochs don't want people to know just how many foreign multinationals and foreign entities are trying to buy our elections.

    March 31, 2014 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  2. tom l

    Ohhhh Ruuuuuddddyyyy,

    Maybe Reid can use some more of his "campaign funds" to purchase "gifts" from his granddaughter. But why would someone like Rudy complain about that or have an issue with that? He'd rather make things up about how repubs will want corporations to vote (as if that could be possible, and more importantly, as if dems don't take money from corporations and haven't been bought off by them, as well)

    Oh, Rudy, what would David Stockman's position on corporations being able to vote be? You've told us about his Trojan horse comment but for some reason have neglected to tell us all about his feelings on Ron Paul, Paul Ryan or Barack Obama. Maybe you can shed some light on that for us.

    March 31, 2014 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  3. rla

    Reid can't remember what he said yesterday and represents the old/tired failed democratic/liberal coalition

    March 31, 2014 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  4. ThinkAgain: Don't like Congress? Get rid of the repub/tea bag majority.

    Millions in undisclosed campaign contributions is what's un-American. It's We the People, not We the Corporations.

    And if the Koch brothers and all the 501(c) organizations are so darn patriotic, then reveal your donor lists and all the amounts contributed so we can thank all those patriots ourselves.

    March 31, 2014 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  5. ThinkAgain: Don't like Congress? Get rid of the repub/tea bag majority.

    If corporations are people entitled to free speech rights, then what is the height, weight and BMI of Koch Industries?

    *crickets*

    March 31, 2014 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  6. ThinkAgain: Don't like Congress? Get rid of the repub/tea bag majority.

    If corporations are people, too, my friend, then what is the martial status of Koch Industries?

    March 31, 2014 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  7. Jeff Frank (Ohio T Party) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Term limits yes!

    March 31, 2014 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  8. Rudy NYC

    What's in that Tea Anyway?

    @Jeff Frank (Ohio T Party) "Right Wing Insanity"

    The communists are working overtime to dominate both the Democrat and Republican parties.

    --–

    Really? How is the false equivalency thing coming? Do you have some people thinking your TEA folks are neither Democrat or Republican? really? are people that soft in the head? LOL...it takes all kinds.

    I am yet to see anyone that identifies themselves tea party, even come close to supporting a democratic idea. Tea Party is just a Republican by another name. ....snake oil salesman comes to mind.
    ============================================================
    Republicans are coming mainly in two different flavors these days, mainstream establishment and neo-libertarian extremists. The difference is as wide as night and day. White and Dark choocolates have rather different flavors, but they're still both chocolate. If the neo-libertarians had their way, they'd take over the Republican Party, but they're just as happy to see both Democrats and Republicans go away in favor of a third/one party system.

    March 31, 2014 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  9. YoonYoungJo

    Just curious why don't campaign donations have to be disclosed? This was the dumbest law enacted. Not only is it completely against American interests but is a massive security issue. What if some outside country decided to sponsor someone for a high office in the US? Without disclosing campaign donations, Iran could decide to pay for a few senators all the way up the ladder. Personally I think not having to disclose campaign donations is un American. You want freedom of speech then you have to be honest about everything. You cannot pick and choose freedoms as it benefits you. Then reverse those "freedoms" when it no longer does.

    March 31, 2014 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  10. Lizzie

    salty dog, they been on Senator Reid's desk for a long time, but then he rather throws them into the wastebasket then to let them come to the senate floor for a vote.

    March 31, 2014 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  11. Jeff Frank (Ohio T Party) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Impeachment yes!

    March 31, 2014 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  12. Rudy NYC

    tom l wrote:

    Oh, Rudy, what would David Stockman's position on corporations being able to vote be? You've told us about his Trojan horse comment but for some reason have neglected to tell us all about his feelings on Ron Paul, Paul Ryan or Barack Obama. Maybe you can shed some light on that for us.
    ----------------------–
    Here you go again, your being condescending and manufacturing your opponent's side of the argument. You wonder why you get zero respect from some quarters around here. Why don't you write him a letter and ask him yourself? Better yet, why don't you enlighten us? You seem to already have the answers. This ain't no quiz game show, dude. Get real.

    March 31, 2014 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  13. Lizzie

    ThinkAgain: Don't like Congress? Get rid of the repub/tea bag majority.
    It will never happen – because the Kochs don't want people to know just how many foreign multinationals and foreign entities are trying to buy our elections.
    -– oh how soon we forget, the money contributed to Senator Obamas Presidential campaign coming from Palestine and the Arab countries, no complains there.

    March 31, 2014 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  14. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House

    How come there hasn't been any coverage of the Teatard who got arrested in Texas for plotting to blow up government buildings?

    March 31, 2014 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  15. Rick McDaniel

    Reid is one of the most despicable people in Washington.........and totally corrupt.

    March 31, 2014 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  16. Dead Bear

    Citizens United may quite possibly be the worst decision ever handed down by the SCOTUS. I'm no fool and realize money has influenced politics since the beginning of time but this may very well have been the nail in the coffin in regards to the common man having any voice left in Washington. And just so I'm not judged as a partisan hypocrite, I have a serious problem with ANY billionaire's interests being deemed more important than that of the population as a whole.

    March 31, 2014 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  17. sonnie3

    Harry is just starting to see the down side of his on sided mind. 2014 elections are going to bury the types that put the obama care issue in place. What a fiasco it has turned out to be.

    March 31, 2014 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  18. sonnie3

    Dear Dead Bear/ You make points that are very valid.

    March 31, 2014 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  19. rla

    Gee it is amazing the progressives never mention their own private fund ma/ organizing machine the UNIONS! What's fair for the goose is fair for the gander as an old saying goes. Stop whining liberals it is old stale dogma that scares people more and more

    March 31, 2014 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  20. Silence DoGood

    So big outside money influence is advertising to preserve big undocumented outside money influence.
    And they want to stifle free speech with their money by running ads with "free speech" in the title.
    Is this a comedy bit?

    March 31, 2014 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  21. YoonYoungJo

    I will say when it comes to the Kochs, as selfish and self serving as they may be, they are probably for American interests. As having a strong America is absolutely essential to their business and personal goals. So in that way their interests are probably forever aligned. Still not having to disclose donations was a bad idea. I have this crazy feeling all 200m actually came directly from the Kochs. But due to the campaign limits they have to make it appear it came from different people. Again though in their defense, at least you know having a strong America is necessary for their business goals.

    March 31, 2014 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  22. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Rudy NYC

    tom l wrote:

    Oh, Rudy, what would David Stockman's position on corporations being able to vote be? You've told us about his Trojan horse comment but for some reason have neglected to tell us all about his feelings on Ron Paul, Paul Ryan or Barack Obama. Maybe you can shed some light on that for us.
    --------–
    Here you go again, your being condescending and manufacturing your opponent's side of the argument. You wonder why you get zero respect from some quarters around here. Why don't you write him a letter and ask him yourself? Better yet, why don't you enlighten us? You seem to already have the answers. This ain't no quiz game show, dude. Get real
    -------------------------------------------------
    "Here we go!".......
    Lol!

    March 31, 2014 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  23. TONE

    If you are a republican,democrat, teaparty, libertarian, rigthy, lefty,and you are poor middleclass etc you better purge washington of the congressmen that are being funded by the rich. They are buying the elections so that they can coninue the feeding frenzy of the bush years don't be fooled by the commercials.

    March 31, 2014 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  24. Gurgyl

    Lizzie, Ria, why not you ask for Term-Limits for congress/senate? Just don't watch Fox, it is garbage. What is next? Sheldon Adelson, Koch brothers buying election? Strive for the truth–no more ranting. ACA LAW brings good in not denying pts, not defrauding by doctors linked to Medicare, not allowing same tests done so many times for greed. Just talk sense. God bless!!! Ask for voter, Tax reforms too.

    March 31, 2014 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  25. Silence DoGood

    New conservative rules.
    Government regulations from elected politicians telling me what to do is bad.
    Being told what to do and believe by a small group of rich people for their own selfish benefit is good.

    March 31, 2014 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
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