January 29th, 2009
11:30 AM ET
9 years ago

Progressive groups target GOP senators over stimulus bill

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/01/29/art.progad.cnn.jpg caption=" Progressive Democrats are targeting six moderate Republican senators."](CNN) - A coalition of progressive groups is targeting five Republican senators over President Obama's stimulus plan in a new television ad campaign launching Thursday, as the White House pushes back at the GOP over its lack of support for the package.

The ads are set to air in the home states of Maine Sens. Susan Collins, and Olympia Snowe, New Hampshire Sen. Judd Gregg, Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, and Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley.

The group said it targeted Grassley because of he is the ranking member on the Senate finance committee, and took aim at the other four senators because it considers them all moderates who could change their mind to support the bill. Three of the five are also up for re-election next year.

Called "Factory," the 30-second spot strongly endorses the president's $819 billion stimulus plan - which the House passed Wednesday and the Senate took up Thursday - and calls on the targeted senators to either “support the President's plan or the failed policies of the past."

The coalition - called The Campaign for Jobs and Economic Recovery - is made up of more than 30 progressive groups, including Americans United for Change, MoveOn.org Political Action, AFSCME and SEIU. A source familiar with the campaign valued the ad buy at $500,000.

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soundoff (111 Responses)
  1. Concerned Democrat.

    Here we go again.....the Bullies are going to start pressuring our politicians to make a choice they approve of........instead of THE CHOICE THAT IS RIGHT FOR AMERICANS!

    January 29, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  2. Socialism

    It is socialism or communism at its best.

    January 29, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  3. Kathy

    Jefferson – So let me get this straight, you OPPOSE abortion, but to hell with the kids when they have been born...let them starve to death??? Yup, you are a big ol' GOP!!!

    January 29, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  4. Pepou

    Progressive groups are patriots who have the well-being of their country at heart. Unlike these miserable Republicans who have put us in this mess and now act like spoiled brats. They are not on the wrong side of history, They are history !

    January 29, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  5. TKW-New Mexico

    It's about time someone pushed back against the good ole boy republican brand. I am sick of the Republicans and their keep the rich and suppress the poor mentalities. Let's vote all of them out.

    January 29, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  6. D-Coder

    Republicans to America: Drop dead!

    January 29, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  7. Laverne

    The house repubs knew they had no intention on voting on the bill, yet continued to insert their wants and the president did make many adjustments. I hope going forth, if the repubs do not plan to try and work together to come up with real solutions, I hope Obama go full steam ahead to do what he thinks is best. The republicans are a little confused at this time because they think they are still in charge, NOT! Not a single repub in the house showed they were willing to work together. I pray this bill works and they will look like the fools they are. I think Obama my have just got his first dose of reality when it comes to the rethugs, they are still stuck on their pitiful idealology and that's fine, but the rest of America is moving on with or without you!

    January 29, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  8. Allen

    By opposing Obama, the GOP is saving itself. The democrats are trying to get GOP support (which they do not need!) so that they won't be blamed alone in a few years when it becomes obvious it did not work. DON'T FALL FOR IT, REPUBLICANS!

    January 29, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  9. Tony

    Funny they call themselves "progressive" when they don't represent progress in the least bit.

    Pork is pork, simple as that. This "stimulus" bill is nothing but a farce.

    January 29, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  10. Erik S,

    If you look at where the money is going to, no wonder some people are saying no. It's a bunch of pet projects that aren't even going to provide JOBS as promised. While I don't mind big bucks for the infrastructutre, I'm tired of paying for food stamps for individuals who have been living off of our dime for like ten years. The reason why some don't like it when Democrats take power is they push America closer and closer to being a nanny state. I work, I don't work to take care of lazy bums who feed off of my money. While not all are lazy bums, most a riding the system and this "stimulus" is just helping them even more, I wouldn't back it either.

    January 29, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  11. southerncousin

    $4 Billion to ACORN (the corrupt arm of the corrupt UNION/DEMOCRAT alliance. Untold millions in cash to illegal aliens. Can you believe it. And the socialist want to charge the Bush administration people with crimes. Democrats are trying to buy themselves another election.

    January 29, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
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