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Thu Nov 15, 2012, 03:25 PM

Fiscal Cliff Ad Campaign: Trio Of Unions Target Senate Dems

Source: Huffington Post


NEW YORK -- A coalition of top labor organizations is launching a major ad campaign targeting House Republicans and a group of Senate Democrats centered on pushing them toward a progressive resolution to the so-called fiscal cliff, The Huffington Post has learned.

The American Federation Of State, County and Municipal Employees, the National Education Association and the Service Employees International Union are teaming up on the project. It will include a "six-figure buy" with an "opening salvo of ads" focused on protecting health care, education and Social Security in any deficit or debt reduction deal, according to a labor source. The unions have argued that any final deal should instead lean more on higher tax rates for the wealthiest Americans.

Copies of the ads were not immediately available. But a source familiar with the campaign says they will air in Virginia, Missouri and Colorado, among other states. The Democratic senators in those states -- Mark Warner of Virginia, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, and Mark Udall and Michael Bennet of Colorado -- have all already voted to extend the Bush-era tax cuts only for income below $250,000. But they also considered to be among the likelier suspects to cut a deal with Republican lawmakers on a measure that would include more dramatic entitlement reforms.

But the bigger story is not the polling. Rather, it's the immediacy with which these groups are launching a campaign focused on debt-reduction and the targets they have chosen.Now, it appears, they are jumping quickly to fill the post-campaign void and focusing some of their attention on holding Democrats accountable for the promises they made in the lead-up to the election.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/15/fiscal-cliff-ad-campaign-_n_2139119.html?1353010630

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ancianita Nov 2012 #4
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Thu Nov 15, 2012, 03:30 PM

1. Spam deleted by gkhouston (MIR Team)

 

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Thu Nov 15, 2012, 05:01 PM

2. Where are the rest of the unions? Where is the American Federation of Teachers???

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Thu Nov 15, 2012, 05:58 PM

4. AFT Local #1 member here. I just linked this to them. I'm sure they'll join any lobbying effort.

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Response to ancianita (Reply #4)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 06:24 PM

5. I sent it to them too. Thanks!

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Thu Nov 15, 2012, 05:05 PM

3. Good for them. I live in VA and have never been a Mark Warner fan. A few years ago he

 

voted against a $250 stipend for SS recipients in a year they didn't get an increase. I called his office to complain and got nowhere. He would sell us out in an instant and I have never understood his reputation of being "popular." He might not be as bad as a Republican but he's not much better IMO.

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