Democratic PAC ads target possible swing seats in House
August 19th, 2011
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Democratic PAC ads target possible swing seats in House

(CNN) – Democratic group House Majority PAC set its sights on one freshman and one veteran congressman with new ads to be released Friday in their continued effort to return control of the House of Representatives to the Democrats.

Two Republican lawmakers, freshman Wisconsin Rep. Sean Duffy and nine-term California Rep. Dan Lungren, are the subjects of new cable spots set to air during the August recess. The 30-second commercials were produced to “hold vulnerable House Republicans accountable” for “misguided priorities” and “votes to sell out the middle class,” according to a statement released by the political action committee.

In the six-figure buy, ads that feature waterfront mansions and corporate jets ask viewers to consider the fate of those who can’t afford such luxuries.

“Maybe you live here, or own one of these,” an announcer says. “If so, Congressman Lungren just voted to give you a big tax cut and for tax loopholes to keep corporate profits sky high.”

“But what about the rest of us?”

Accusing the congressman of voting “to end Medicare as we know it and to protect profits for companies that ship jobs to China,” the commercial closes with a final thought:

“If you have to make millions to get our congressman’s attention, it’s time to find a new congressman.”

The first wave of ad attacks began Friday, August 12 and targeted three freshman House representatives: Tim Griffin of Arkansas, Scott Tipton of Colorado and Chip Cravaack of Minnesota.

Filed under: 2012 • Dan Lungren • House Majority PAC • Sean Duffy
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. ptown

    NICE!! about time DNC.... Keep hittn them!!!!

    August 19, 2011 06:53 am at 6:53 am |
  2. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Most people and economist believe in times like this, we need to rely on the consumer of last resort - the federal government. We need to get these Republicans that adhear to ideology over the good of the country out of Congress. Compromise shouldn't be a dirty word like the leaders of the GOP have made it out to be.

    I know that we need to cut government spending, but at this point we can't cut off jobs that are holding the economy together. We can scale back spending when there are less problems with the economy. Road and other construction projects are what we need right now to get those jobs working again. I"d like to see what the GOP has to offer that isn't more of the same (tax cuts and reductions in regulations) because it hasn't worked at all.

    August 19, 2011 07:09 am at 7:09 am |
  3. John

    I agree with the ad, the Tea Party and the Republican If you don't have Millions of dollars or more they don't want nothing to do with the rest of us. they are even to put they rest of us In the street with nothing to eats.

    August 19, 2011 07:18 am at 7:18 am |
  4. Name king

    Hey all these dems are looking at small pickings, they need to get behind this president and force these repugs out of this austerity mode, so that we can get our infrastructure modernization on. Lesson people we are weakening the president stand when we keep giving him week policy economic job performance. The repugs will take that as a tool to kill any big jobs plan he has. We need to unite behind this president if we really want a jobs program, this will instill confidence in the markets and consumer confidence when they see an overwhelming stance against the repugs and their austerity movement, to modernize our crumbling infrastructure, putting million back to work, and at the same Time putting our country on a sure foundation.

    August 19, 2011 07:24 am at 7:24 am |
  5. RightLeaningIndependent

    Nice Boat!! I hope if I keep working hard, I can get one!!!!

    August 19, 2011 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  6. T'sah from Virginia

    It's going to take millions in Wisconsin to FIGHT Walker and his CROONIES, and then it IS worth it. ALL other states will follow. The Governors who got elected on FALSE PRETENSES, lying about what they stood for and then getting electing and doing the opposite, will go DOWN!! And this is true...

    “If you have to make millions to get our congressman’s attention, it’s time to find a new congressman.” … then the Governors, the Senators – We have to keep FIGHTING!!! Yes We Can!!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012!

    August 19, 2011 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  7. keith A. sillsbury

    sounds like it's going to be an effective ad. best thing is, an ad like this doesn't have to discriminate. It can cover many politicians in all parties.

    August 19, 2011 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  8. truthman

    Ha...and where are all the millionaire Democrat and Republican Congressmen on vacation right now????????? Median wealth for all members of Congress in 2009 was $911,510, up from $785,515 in 2008. That's excluding their residences. Ha! Take that average American, who only average one per cent as millionaires.

    August 19, 2011 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Isn't odd how 2 years ago, throughout the Health Care debate, Tea Party rallies were held over here, over there, everywhere a TV camera could go. Dozens, I don't know how many, of people were seen on our TV screens holding signs that read, "Don't touch My Medicare," and other pro-Medicare slogans. Now, those same Tea Party politicians are trying to kill Mediciare. First they were all for it, and now they are all against it. And now, no more large crowds at Tea Party rallies. In fact, Tea Party rallies have gone extinct. I guess some of them are angry about their Medicare being destroyed.

    August 19, 2011 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  10. Jerry

    My fellow Democrats must be getting really desperate. How embarrassing!!! My party has been highjacked by the NObama butt kissers. However, most (not all) Americans are now able to see through the smoke and mirrors. And, most of us are not happy with what we see.

    Why can't we have more fellow Democrats like Maxine Waters? I don't agree with her views all the time, however, lately she has hit nail on the head. Good for you Ms. Waters¡ It's about our clueless president stoppped taking Blacks and Latinos for granted.

    August 19, 2011 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  11. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    So instead of using a "swift boat" they are going to use a luxury yacht against the Republicans who voted against the middle class. This could work if they were smart enough to buy time on Fox Network affiliates during American Idol, and not on Wealth TV, Travel Channel or Food Network!

    August 19, 2011 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  12. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    Good job! Between now and the 2012 elections, the public needs to be constantly reminded that the GOBPbaggers are not a legitimate political party. They are, instead, a radical right wing cult slavishly devoted to the failed policies of corrupt corporatism. Caring only for the greedy and not the needy is not a viable platform for a political party. It is a fascist and un-American plan to destroy the poor, the middle class, workers and the environment.

    August 19, 2011 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  13. gt

    i am sure that the gop will send out unemployment no.s since obama has been president...class war wont play this about some ideas on gettiing job growth... that would be a refreshing commerical..

    August 19, 2011 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  14. MAC

    The Kennedys and John Kerry are evil, they have YACHTS!! This is all class warfare and nayone who falls for it is a FOOL! Who are Corporations? They are people too.

    August 19, 2011 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  15. rob

    This is all theyn have. The Dems have no positive agenda, no new ideas and a record of economic devastation for the country so they will try to divide the country. They will tell us that the evil millionaires need to be brought down to make us feel better with some sort of "Fainess" argument. Everything is about a government program or spending to solve our problems.

    We need more rich people, we need more people making more than $200000 a year or $100000 or $50000 or even $30000. Its about letting the private sector creat jobs, thats the only proven way to increase tax revenues. Tax increases work in the short term only. In the long run, higher taxes on wealth creators slows revenue growth and economic growth.

    August 19, 2011 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  16. nagrom

    And it will grow all the way to 2012. Reel em all in and put the country back on course for sanity. Down with do nothing TeaBaggers up with reasoning.

    August 19, 2011 09:46 am at 9:46 am |