[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/08/11/art.nelson0811.yt.jpg caption="Liberal groups said Tuesday that they will continue to target Democrat Ben Nelson of Nebraska even after the senator put out an ad defending his views on health care reform."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) – Liberal critics of Sen. Ben Nelson's position on health care reform sent out a new plea Tuesday asking for financial help in keeping a statewide television commercial that targets the Nebraska Democrat on the air.
For the past week, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee and Democracy for America have run a 60 second ad on Nebraska cable in an effort to pressure Nelson to embrace President Obama's approach to health care reform. This week, the organizations moved the commercial to local broadcast stations in Nebraska and Nelson, himself, has begun airing his own 30 second commercial to explain his position on health care reform.
"Ben Nelson's new ad says nothing about the public option, and for good reason –Nelson's efforts to undermine the public option are out of step with the overwhelming majority of Americans, including many rural voters and even Republicans," Adam Green, co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee said in an email to CNN.
"We'll keep holding Nelson accountable until he bucks his special interest contributors and supports a public health insurance option for his constituents."