Emily's List attacks Tillis over equal pay in North Carolina
GOP Senate nominee Thom Tillis
August 7th, 2014
09:07 AM ET
4 months ago

Emily's List attacks Tillis over equal pay in North Carolina

Washington (CNN) - Democratic candidates this cycle are working feverishly to exploit their party's edge among female voters, thrusting issues like equal pay, paid sick leave and women's health to the forefront of their campaigns.

Emily's List, the political action committee that backs female Democratic candidates, is stepping into the fray in North Carolina, home to the country's most expensive Senate race.

The group is launching a television ad Thursday attacking Republican Senate nominee Thom Tills over equal pay – a topic that President Obama has highlighted as a driving issue for Democrats this midterm election year.

Tillis is trying to unseat Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan in a race that most polls show as a dead heat. Outside groups have spent more than $14 million to influence the race so far.

"The same pay for the same work, but Thom Tillis said no," the ad's narrator says. "He led the effort in the statehouse to kill equal pay for women. Tillis doesn't understand. Working women help support their families."

As North Carolina House Speaker, Tillis blocked a paycheck fairness act in the state legislature. He says he opposes workplace discrimination but sees state legislation as redundant given the federal regulations already on the books.

Emily's List says the ad, backed by more than $500,000, will run in Charlotte, Asheville and Greensboro. It's the second TV spot Emily's List has aired in their $3 million political program targeting North Carolina women.

The equal pay issue has become a well-worn talking point for Democrats on the campaign trail this year, especially in North Carolina, Georgia, New Hampshire and Kentucky – all states with women candidates on the Senate ballot.

Obama slipped a now-familiar data point – that women earn 77 cents for every dollar a man earns – into his 2014 State of the Union speech when he demanded that Congress pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would strengthen the 1963 Equal Pay Act signed by President John F. Kennedy.

Obama called the income disparity between genders an "embarrassment" and proclaimed that "women deserve equal pay for equal work."

Democrats have since seized on the issue to drum up support among women and flummox Republicans, who have sometimes struggled to answer questions about "paycheck fairness."

"2014 is all about women – women voters, women's issues and women candidates, and women are going to be the key to Democratic victory in November," said Emily's List president Stephanie Schriock. "The issues affecting women and families are economic ones, and this election women voters are looking for candidates who are focused on creating economic opportunities and giving families a fair shot."


Filed under: 2014 • Ads • Kay Hagan • North Carolina • Senate
soundoff (125 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    --NC is another third world nation. Get rid of all these unwanted Republican trash. We need to implement immigration laws in this third world state.

    August 7, 2014 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  2. guest

    the banking industry is basically the place all of the stay drunk business admin major cocaine infused frat boys go to cool their heels after the 6 year long frat party in college, using the same alumni connections that allowed them to appeal the removing of their frat charter those 7 times for various infractions. If you try to make them respect women's pay they are probably going to to start shopping around for foreign headquarters or other such nonsense , cuz reasons.

    August 7, 2014 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  3. smith

    NC has really been trending towards the GOP. Hagan is going to have a tough time keeping her seat.

    August 7, 2014 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    from the article:

    "The same pay for the same work, but Thom Tillis said no," the ad's narrator says. "He led the effort in the statehouse to kill equal pay for women. Tillis doesn't understand. Working women help support their families."

    As North Carolina House Speaker, Tillis blocked a paycheck fairness act in the state legislature. He says he opposes workplace discrimination but sees state legislation as redundant given the federal regulations already on the books.
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    This is how Republicans fool you with double speak and shiny objects. One the one hand he blocks "redundant" legislation at the state level. Meanwhile, Republicans in D.C. are more than happy to get rid of the Department of Labor, which means that the federal legislation that he supposedly supports would be eliminated, leaving the workers of North Carolina without any equal pay protections. Are you still with me? The right hand giveth, while the left hand taketh twice.

    August 7, 2014 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  5. Lynda/Minnesota

    "The issues affecting women and families are economic ones, and this election women voters are looking for candidates who are focused on creating economic opportunities and giving families a fair shot."

    IS there a Republican candidate who has even bothered to pretend they are focused on "creating economic opportunities" this election cycle? With the GOP Hopeful Wannabees Clown Car once again gearing up, I've yet to hear ANY GOP platform being offered Americans (let alone American women). There's been a lot of placating and condescension coming from the right, but policies? Not so much. Yeah, I know Reince Priebus has instructed all GOP 2014 candidates to keep mum on women's "issues". Thing is, this leaves women out in the dark looking in - where I suspect Reince and his friends are willing to keep us - that being our place and all: looking in but never allowed past the front door.

    Believe me, the (under valued) "trust" issue with the GOP? There is no trust looking out to the GOP from my side of the fence.

    August 7, 2014 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  6. Klutch Cargo

    UM, Well,
    It appears the current jobs report has some better news. We all want everyone to make as much as they can The basic problem is when a business can't pay quite as much. So you either take a job at a bit less money or don't get the job.
    P.S. The way you help someone is to provide a job. When Government creates conditions that kill jobs no amount of pleading will help. Check who you vote for very carefully !!

    August 7, 2014 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  7. Tampa Tim

    Henry Ford was the only republican who knew that if you pay workers a decent wage, they can afford to buy your product.

    August 7, 2014 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  8. Rudy NYC

    Klutch Cargo

    UM, Well,
    It appears the current jobs report has some better news. We all want everyone to make as much as they can The basic problem is when a business can't pay quite as much. So you either take a job at a bit less money or don't get the job.

    P.S. The way you help someone is to provide a job. When Government creates conditions that kill jobs no amount of pleading will help. Check who you vote for very carefully !!
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    Don't be fooled by this old narrative, folks. Conservatives only want to see those at the top "to make as much as they can." Promoting the interests of the wealthy has become their sole reason for existence. The sad part is that there are so many conservatives voters who will *never* figure that out, and will vote against their own best interests believing that what is good for the powerful will eventually be good for me. They don't even realize that "trickle down" is a literally a transfer of wealth, something which conservatives claim to strongly oppose.

    Time and time and time again, the facts have shown that when the minimum wage has been raised the economy grows. The old adage about a rising tide raises all boats could never be more true. Income inequality is hurting the middle class, which hurts our economy. When people loose buying power because of a lack of disposable income, then the economy suffers.

    The more economic transactions, the more economic growth. Trust me, the rich are buying everything the want or need already. Putting more money into their pockets won't motivate them to spend more. And please, hold the "they invest it" mustard. Invest in what, and for what reason? If there's no demand, then there's no reason to invest. Is there? That's what is wrong with the economy now, sluggish demand. The shrinking middle class lacks disposable income.

    August 7, 2014 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  9. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Tampa Tim says:
    August 7, 2014 10:13 am at 10:13 am
    Henry Ford was the only republican who knew that if you pay workers a decent wage, they can afford to buy your product.

    Yes he was!! They definitely don't make em like that anymore. The new agenda is to pay people the least amount you can get away with. Give them the least benefits, while they make billions, buy multiple homes, multiple cars and boats as their employees take the bus to work and have to apply for food stamps to feed their families.

    Hunger Games here we come....

    August 7, 2014 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  10. Sniffit

    "Henry Ford was the only republican who knew that if you pay workers a decent wage, they can afford to buy your product."

    Called it the "virtuous cycle" and we have entirely obliterated by creating a financial industry that allows employers to pay their employees not based on what it costs to live and what they need in order to afford a middle-class lifestyle, but rather on what it costs to carry monthly debt service payments that never ever end. They then invest in those debt products to essentially get their money back. It's just a fancy way of creating the old feudal-type system of making people debt slaves who must work off their debt, paying them a nominal amount for their labor, but then charging them more than that amount for the room and board.

    August 7, 2014 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  11. rla

    >77 cents for every dollar a man makes– DEBUNKED when you compare apples to apples the pay difference is non-existant... The .77 cents argument does not take into account the type of work, stay at home mom's and part time work... Just another lie from the "progressive extremest" Women are you better off under Obama and the progressives???? NOT

    August 7, 2014 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  12. Sniffit

    "NC has really been trending towards the GOP. Hagan is going to have a tough time keeping her seat."

    Yeah, especially since NC's GOP/Teatrolls have enacted every voter suppression trick in the book since taking control of the state.

    August 7, 2014 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  13. Sniffit

    ">77 cents for every dollar a man makes– DEBUNKED when you compare apples to apples the pay difference is non-existant... The .77 cents argument does not take into account the type of work, stay at home mom's and part time work... Just another lie from the "progressive extremest" Women are you better off under Obama and the progressives???? NOT"

    Do tell us more. After all, that argument resonates ever so well with women voters. Please continue...

    August 7, 2014 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  14. Lynda/Minnesota

    "The new agenda is to pay people the least amount you can get away with. Give them the least benefits, while they make billions, buy multiple homes, multiple cars and boats as their employees take the bus to work and have to apply for food stamps to feed their families."

    Oh, hey. Do you mind if I add to your comment the part where they point fingers and complain that we aren't being grateful enough to the glorious bounties being given to those who find themselves down and out through job cuts, pay cuts, benefit cuts, and other non-essential living expenses?

    August 7, 2014 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  15. Tampa Tim

    Women – Were you better off under republicans who gave us the greatest recession since the Great Depression, record job loss, two unfunded unnecessary wars, a spiraling stock market, tax cuts for those who did not need it? Or are we better off now that 10 million jobs have been created in the last 5 years, we are out of the two unnecessary republican wars, auto and housing market are alive, 296 million Americans are insured, economic growth up. It would even be better if a drunk could control his own party in the house.

    August 7, 2014 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  16. Bill from GA

    In Georgia, our Senate race is now down to two candidates. Perdue supporting ads are telling not-even-half truths running down Ms Nunn. Ms Nunn supporting ads are tell us the accomplishments of Ms Nunn.

    it is still early in the race, but the Nunn-supporting ads sure win on class.

    August 7, 2014 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  17. Gurgyl

    Thom Tillis killed Equal Pay for women. Do you know NC? Who will vote for this republican trash? Vote out all GOP thugs. Please.

    August 7, 2014 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  18. Malory Archer

    Rudy NYC

    The old adage about a rising tide raises all boats could never be more true. Income inequality is hurting the middle class, which hurts our economy. When people loose buying power because of a lack of disposable income, then the economy suffers.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Just read something about this "rising tide" fallacy the other day. I don't remember the exact wording but it was something to the effect of if only the very top "earners" boats are rising due to a rising tide while everyone else flounders it's just a matter of time before the turbulence created by that floundering causes the very wealthy "earners'" boats to capsize.

    August 7, 2014 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  19. Rudy NYC

    Bill from GA

    In Georgia, our Senate race is now down to two candidates. Perdue supporting ads are telling not-even-half truths running down Ms Nunn. Ms Nunn supporting ads are tell us the accomplishments of Ms Nunn.

    it is still early in the race, but the Nunn-supporting ads sure win on class.
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    Despite vehement denials, conservative voters need to be told what to think. Look at all of the talking points memos that they circulate amongst themselves. Don't say it like that, say it like this. Voters think that they are listening to leadership when in reality they are being *taught* what to think.

    August 7, 2014 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  20. smith

    @Sniffit, Rudy, and Wake up- All your guys cryin` add up to you hate wealthy people because they have more than you. Sniff Sniff, its not fair. There is nothing holding anyone back in this country to accomplish your goals (within reason, not everyone can become famous). If you think there is then your making an excuse or in denial.

    August 7, 2014 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  21. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Lynda Minnesota
    I've yet to hear ANY GOP platform being offered Americans (let alone American women).
    -----------------------------------------------------
    If you haven't heard it is because they don't have one, and they haven't had one in the last two presidential elections.
    They lied us into voting for them with their JOBS! JOBS! JOBS! bs in November 2010 and the only thing that came of that was that we put domestic terrorists in charge of the House hellbent on briniging the President and by extension the nation to their knees.
    On a less depressing note I hope you're doing well my friend. I'm busier than a worm in a chicken coop but I manage to sneak in here every so often during the day.

    August 7, 2014 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  22. Tommy G

    All the Democrats do is exploit women, blacks, Hispanics, gays, etc. and lie to them in order to get their vote and keep power. Don't these women realize that without a job all this means nothing? Democrats are wrecking the economy and chasing companies out of the country with their leftist insanity. But by all means women and all the others they exploit, get on the Democrat government dependence band wagon and be beholden to politicians for your every need.

    August 7, 2014 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  23. Rudy NYC

    smith

    @Sniffit, Rudy, and Wake up- All your guys cryin` add up to you hate wealthy people because they have more than you. Sniff Sniff, its not fair. There is nothing holding anyone back in this country to accomplish your goals (within reason, not everyone can become famous). If you think there is then your making an excuse or in denial
    ----------------------
    You're projecting again. Only conservatives get jealous of someone's wealth. It's unfortunate that you no clue what you and the rest of the right wing sound like whenever that sophomoric accusation is made.

    The founders of this country revolted against everything that the right wing stands for today, except for one major exception, guns. Furthermore, the right doesn't even understand what the founders intentions were concerning guns when they wrote the 2nd Amendment.

    August 7, 2014 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  24. just asking

    democrats talk about equal pay for women, then obama pays these less in the white house. democrats talk about protecting women but bill clinton and others sexually harasses and assaults them while hillary clinton attacks the victims. useless talk, and useless laws from a useless party.

    August 7, 2014 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  25. barryinlasvegas

    Just another example of the democrats hypocrisy. Why isn't Emily's list spending $14 million to go after Obama who pays the ladies 17% less then the men working in the White House?

    August 7, 2014 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
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