New attack ads aimed at Brown, McCaskill
April 29th, 2011
05:55 PM ET
12 years ago

New attack ads aimed at Brown, McCaskill

(CNN)-The League of Women Voters launched an ad attack without party boundaries Friday as they singled out Republican Sen. Scott Brown and Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, whom they accuse of supporting "polluters," not people. In scathing ads released for television in Boston, St. Louis, and Jefferson City as well as online, the nonpartisan advocacy group calls out both senators for voting to block air pollution standards.

"Senator McCaskill voted to block EPA's implementation of the Clean Air Act and allow big companies to continue pumping unlimited amounts of carbon dioxide pollution into the air for at least another two years," states one, while the other declares, "Sen. Brown voted for legislation that would stop the EPA from making badly-needed updates to clean air safeguards to protect public health from carbon pollution."

The Senate voted on a series of amendments in April that would limit or block the Environmental Protection Agency's ability to regulate greenhouse gas emissions, but none of the amendments passed.

Both ads question the consequences that each vote would have had on a child with respiratory problems, had the amendments passed. In Boston, a child appears wearing an oxygen mask as viewers are told, "When Scott Brown voted to eliminate clean air standards that reduce smokestack and tailpipe emissions just imagine what it could've done – to her."

Brown won a special election in 2010 to fill the late Sen. Ted Kennedy's Massachusetts seat. Both he and McCaskill are up for re-election in 2012 and will engage in campaigns that are expected to be both close and contentious.

Sen. Brown fired back at the ad in a statement, saying, "This ad reeks of political demagoguery and exposes the League of Women Voters as nothing more than a pawn in the Massachusetts political machine. It is outrageous for an allegedly non-partisan group to use sick children to misrepresent a vote about jobs and government over-regulation. These type of over-the-top distortions have no place in our political discourse."

But League of Women Voters President Elisabeth MacNamara said Friday, in a statement, “It’s really a shame that Senator Brown does not understand that clean air is a public health issue. Children, adults and seniors are harmed every day by air pollution."

"Senator McCaskill, a Democrat, and Senator Brown, a Republican, voted to block new clean air standards and put the public health at risk by undermining the Clean Air Act," she continued. "The ads we are sponsoring in Missouri and Massachusetts are designed to spark a discussion about votes that let polluters off the hook and put our children at risk."

Sen. McCaskill's office had no comment on the ad.

The League of Women Voters spent $1.4 million dollars on television and online ads in Boston, with $1.2 million targeted for TV advertisements. Ads in Jefferson City and St. Louis cost about $400,000.

Filed under: 2012 • Claire McCaskill • EPA • Scott Brown
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. mike in TX

    Its not about "about jobs and government over-regulation", its about the right of everyone to breathe clean air.

    April 29, 2011 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  2. the real ib

    Nice to see a democrat being smart enough to realize the EPA is out of controll and the unreasonable regulations they are putting out will hurt the middle class and poor people more than anyone. Obama is using the EPA to put his cap and scam bill into effect without going through congress like he should be doing. We must have the EPA and reasonable regulations in this country. We can not afford the unreasonable regulations they are putting out now. The high energy costs and unreal regulations will put this country back into another recession like the first time. We are already headed back and the EPA will make sure it happens if they are not brought under controll.

    April 29, 2011 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  3. Republican Robber Baron

    No doubt there are Senators from BOTH parties that have sold-out the American people – that have chosen to serve their Big $ Lobbyists instead. Shame on the turncoats on both sides of the aisle. Good riddance Senator Bayh, Lieberman and others that pretend to be Democrats but are nothing but puppets for the Big $ special interests.

    April 29, 2011 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  4. valwayne

    Its sad! I remember when the League of Women voters was a repected mainstream organization. Now its just another freaky extreme left wing, apparently green, interests group! Sad!

    April 29, 2011 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  5. LacrosseMom(real one)


    April 29, 2011 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  6. they call me "tater salad"

    Nice to know who's greasing these lowlife dirtbags!

    April 29, 2011 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  7. Aaron

    Go get 'em, ladies! These guys think they can go to DC and vote however the individuals/group that contribute to/bribe them direct them to vote. It's about time they faced same real world recognition outside of the DC bubble for their actions.

    April 29, 2011 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  8. Pete

    If you two are in corporates pockets,then you'll pay.Dem or Repug,get people for the people,not for corporations,they work for US!Say goodbye senators,layoff slips in the mail.

    April 29, 2011 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  9. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    It is outrageous for an allegedly non-partisan group to use sick children to misrepresent a vote about jobs and government over-regulation. These type of over-the-top distortions have no place in our political discourse."

    But the use of the "death panel" lie is ok.

    April 29, 2011 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  10. Bill from GA

    It's about time progressive groups go after gutless dems, and repugs from progressive states (as in, those with 'historically' intelligent people). Get off the fence; you are for moving forward, or not. We really shouldn't let brainless conservatives take over the country. Repugs, who have no plan to 'grow' jobs, attack any dem plan that interferes with profits for Big Business,

    April 30, 2011 01:54 am at 1:54 am |
  11. charles

    I aproud the leage if women. Both senators should go.

    April 30, 2011 06:58 am at 6:58 am |
  12. Clwyd

    I'm beginning to think that both parties have been bought out by the "military industrial complex1" Shame on both of them!

    April 30, 2011 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
  13. diridi

    Both of these idiots should vanish and go away from their positions, and resign, if not people should make referendum, and get them out of senate, or congress....way to go, buddies, good luck....send these idiots home.....they are the polluters for selfish reasons, they are sold out by big companies, and polluting the nation, while nation is crying for energy, energy, and energy, green revolution, green, green, and green.....go green....lord bless this great big nation....reforms needed for energy efficiency, and education, infrastructure, and others.....god bless, people....

    April 30, 2011 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  14. The corporate war on America is in full swing!

    The corporations trying to run this country to the detriment of average Americans and the environment are revealing their disgusting plans more and more each day. These politicians should be ashamed to align themselves against the interests of mainstream America.

    April 30, 2011 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  15. lena

    The League of Women Voters needs to Crack Down on Gop, For trying to make decisions about your health care! Planned Parenthood has "NOTHING TO DO WITH THE ECONOMY?????? Racism is not exceptable??? When are Women going to come together as a whole, " AND VOTE THESE PEOPLE OUT? 2012!

    April 30, 2011 09:25 am at 9:25 am |