June 14th, 2010
01:24 PM ET
13 years ago

Republican senators targeted in $400,000 ad campaign

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/06/14/art.burrad0614.aufc.jpg caption ="A liberal advocacy group will air ads this week targeting Sens. Chuck Grassley and Richard Burr."]Washington (CNN) - Three Republican senators are being targeted by a liberal advocacy organization for supporting a resolution sponsored by Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski that would have diminished the Environmental Protection Agency's regulatory authority over greenhouse gas emissions. The resolution was narrowly defeated.

Americans United for Changes announced Monday that it will spend $400,000 "making examples of" Sens. Scott Brown, R-Massachussetts, Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Richard Burr, R-North Carolina "for backing the Murkowski Big Oil Bailout."

The 30-second ad targeting Brown aired this weekend in Boston and ads targeting Grassley and Burr will air June 15-21, according to Lauren Weiner, the group's deputy communications director.

"Even with disaster on our coast and Iran using oil money against us, Richard Burr voted to let big oil off the hook," the narrator in the ad set to air in North Carolina will say. "Sen. Burr, next time, look out for America's clean energy future – not big oil profits."

The ads will air in tandem with six ads paid for by Clean Energy Works that thank some of the senators who voted against Murkowski's resolution.

Filed under: Charles Grassley • Richard Burr • Scott Brown
soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. stevegee

    Americans United for Changes ... this organization isn't American by any stretch of the imagination. All they want is more "change" like Obama, Pelosi, Reid and the rest of the liberals have shoved down our throats. If we don't stop them, we'll be slaves to socialism forever.

    Wake up people! Fight to save our constitutional republic - in November 2010, vote Republican!

    June 14, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  2. Ben

    Typical Liberal smear campaign. You'd think they'd learn. But then they're Libs, so....

    June 14, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  3. Bill Ward

    Just another example of special interests trying to intimidate Senators and tell everyone else how they should vote. I hope Sen. Burr is re-elected by 90% of the vote.

    June 14, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  4. vic of New Yotk

    Where do I donatate? Getting this Republican scum off the map is the #1 priority!

    June 14, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  5. JonDie

    We can only hope that Republicans continue to run on the "Drill, baby, drill! Spill, baby, spill!" platform.

    June 14, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  6. Jim Brodie

    Time for Grassley to step aside. While I'm no GOPer, I at least had some respect for him as a thoughtful legislator. Until he stepped over to the dark side by adopting the right wing radio blowhards's tactics by lying to attempt to sway peoples' support of Health Care Reform with his "pull the plug on Granny" comments. What a shameful way to end a long career.

    June 14, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  7. Anne P CA

    Love it! Where can I donate for more ads like this?

    June 14, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  8. billybob 'n NC

    As a resident of NC... and an ex-repub, I can tell you that if there are dollars to follow...Burr will be there. He has NO agenda except filling his gigantic pockets. He leads the country in med/pharm donations and leads most senators in big oil gifts. If they have the dollars, his vote is available. Doubt it..check his record.

    June 14, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  9. scott

    all three of these repub wil have 2 fight 2 b elected again.these r sleeper races where if the repub make one mistake they could lose

    June 14, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  10. Glacier Gusher

    Murkowski is a pawn of the oil industry. How can a senator from a state with a population of less than a million people have this kind of power that could affect 200 million OTHER people who do NOT live in Alaska?

    Thank goodness her and her oil lobby buddies were DEFEATED in this attempt to deny us average Americans a voice in the debate about greenhouse emissions against the Oil Industry who only care about windfall profits.

    Look for Murkowski to try and limit BP's liability.....then for her to complain when the Feds get stuck with the bill for cleaning up the Gulf, then for her to petition to abolish the EPA as an unnnecessary agancy.....such is the mindset of those bankrolled by the Oil Industry.

    June 14, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    I deplore partisan politics but I guess what's good for the goose is good for the gander.
    Can you imagine what could be done if we took all the money spent on politcal campaigns and put it towards something good?
    No Deficit, better healthcare, better schools.
    This ridiculous spending may be creating jobs for the politicos, but why are we paying to help these politicans find one? Did someone pay to promote you to a future employer? Did some union get its members passing out your resume'? So why are we doing it for these guys?

    June 14, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  12. AnProf

    The EPA wants the power to regulate CO2 emissions. The US Senate nearly unanimously declined to verify the Kyoto Treaty 10 years ago to do the same, knowing how it would hamstring the economy, while letting China and India off the hook.
    Thus the EPA wants to rule by fiat and severely penalize all burning and energy usage and American industry. Sen. Burr etc. voted correctly not to hand them this power. The EPA could care less about our struggling economy. Too bad CNN cannot give the full story here.

    June 14, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  13. Remember the Alamo

    Nobody woth a darn believes a Liberal and the Liberal press anymore. They are just a pack of lies one after another. Even the President who legally is not the President because he is not a citizan. He is an Illegal Immigrant.

    June 14, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |

    The American people have seen the light. The GOP constantly votes NO on every bill that helps the American people just because it was introduced by the President or a democrat. The GOP hopes that America will fail just to score points with their base. Is this why they are there? Any ass can just sit there and vote no, so we see we have a lot of asses in Washington. The GOP would rather take money from the oil companies than stand up for the American people and to Iran. They would rather support terrorists through Iran than the American people. The members of the GOP are a disgrace to America.

    Vote NO in NOvember to the party of NO.

    June 14, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  15. Eric

    Really? Do we really want to go down this avenue? Because it's well established fact that Barry Soetoro Dunham is one of, if not THEE, biggest recipient of eeeeeevil big oil campaign contributions in recent history.

    Barry Soetoro Dunham... hypocrisy you can believe in.

    June 14, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  16. Gil

    Good, it is about time that members of the Party of No get called for their support of Big Autos and theeir continued neglect for upgrading emissions curbs in favor of big profits.
    The Party of No has got to go!

    June 14, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  17. diridi

    please do not vote another GOP guys....ok, junk...junk, and junk...

    June 14, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  18. ib

    EPA funds should be cut immediately. If it hadn't been for the far left and hard core tree huggers getting enough power to stop us from drilling on land and shallow water this would not have happened. Just go ahead and tax everyone so that they have to decide between paying their power bills or house payments not to mention the number of people that will lose their jobs because of the powers of the EPA. Tree huggers are destroying this country.

    June 14, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  19. Ken in NC

    People should not be so hard on these three Senators. They have been bought, lock, stock and barrel and are the sole property of Big Oil. They belong to Big Oil so it should be understandable that they will defend their Masters.

    What we should do is allow Big Oil to take these Senators and put them on their pay roll and we can hire Senators that work for the people.

    June 14, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |