Democrats' House Majority PAC readies first ad
April 20th, 2011
12:01 AM ET
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Democrats' House Majority PAC readies first ad

Washington (CNN) - One of the Democrats' brand-new independent-expenditure groups is going on the offensive – already.

House Majority PAC, a third-party group dedicated to winning Democratic control of the House of Representatives, will begin airing radio ads on Thursday as part of a six-figure campaign, sources familiar with the effort said. The ads target 10 House Republicans who voted for Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget. It accuses them of trying to gut Medicare while giving a tax break to the wealthy.

With the sound of pigs snorting in the background, the ad claims each of the nine supports a budget “that’s going to have the wealthiest Americans lining up at the trough” and “leaves the wealthy fat and happy” while putting “the squeeze” on regular families.

The narrator says the nine tried to “end Medicare as we know it – that’s right, end Medicare as we know it” and insists families “should all be squealing” about the representatives' votes.

The ad targets Republican Reps. Paul Gosar of Arizona, Rick Crawford of Arkansas, Allen West of Florida, Chip Cravaack of Minnesota, Charlie Bass of New Hampshire, Ann Marie Buerkle of New York, Joe Heck of Nevada, Francisco Canesco of Texas, Blake Farenthold of Texas and Sean Duffy of Wisconsin.

In a statement, Alixandria Lapp, executive director of House Majority PAC said, “We will hold House Republicans accountable for their backwards priorities.”

The group says it will also be releasing the ad in Spanish. According to House Majority PAC, its donors are reported to the Federal Elections Commission and can “give unlimited amounts to advocate for or against candidates for federal office.”

House Majority PAC is one of four new Democratic independent-expenditure groups formed in the last month. During the 2008 and 2010 elections President Barack Obama and other Democrats derided corporate-backed third-party groups that advertised in support of Republican candidates and priorities, saying they were drowning out real people’s voices.

Republicans say their outside groups are essential to counter the influence of Democratic aligned labor unions. For their part, Democrats insist they had to form rival independent-expenditure organizations to match the influence of the new Republican groups.

The bottom line: both sides will be spending plenty of money on more ads like in the coming months.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced an advertising campaign against 25 Republican lawmakers Tuesday.

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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. CNNLover

    I wouldn't be surprised if Democrats take back the House. The Rethuglicans went too far to the right.

    April 20, 2011 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  2. Lisa Mitchell

    Uuuuugh, this is going to be a bloody battle! OBAM/BIDEN 2012!!!!

    April 20, 2011 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  3. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on America!

    The GOBPbaggers keep reaching shameful new lows with their obvious subservience to their faceless billionaire corporate masters. The party has become a neccon death-cult with nothing to offer average Americans and an irrational, unyielding devotion to the proven failures of their Friedman/Rand cult of deregulation and tax cuts for the filthy rich. No sane American should vote for a party so dedicated to the destruction of the working class, workplace protections and the environment.

    April 20, 2011 06:19 am at 6:19 am |
  4. Clwyd

    Republicans continue to show their lack of moral character by thinking only in terms of the rich, big business, big oil, big Wall Street and now big insurance! Where is one piece of legislation dealing with jobs, jobs, jobs? Nothing, but animals!

    April 20, 2011 07:11 am at 7:11 am |
  5. Freedom

    Yawn! The Democrats did nothing during the 2 years they had full control. GOP 2012 and may God bless these freshmen!

    April 20, 2011 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
  6. ben

    It won,t take much for the dems to expose Gop "Crushing the middle class,throwing the "Elderly under the bus,and total inexperienced canidates on their side. The ugly lies,racism,Trump, bachmann,rand paul,ect, is already being exposed by the media. They will and are "Destroying the Party! Bring it on "Faster" Obama2012

    April 20, 2011 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  7. Four More For Sure!

    "It accuses them of trying to gut Medicare while giving a tax break to the wealthy." – CNN

    It is what it is.

    April 20, 2011 07:56 am at 7:56 am |