MoveOn.org PAC will run
sharp radio ads attack against the Democrats' number
two in the House, Democratic Whip, Steny Hoyer (D-MD)
along with ten Republican congressmembers, RAW
STORY has learned. The ads will be made available
Hoyer's office declined to comment.
The attack marks a new strategy for the group, which
in the past has abetted campaigns of Democratic candidates.
The issue, it seems, is Hoyer's vote on the bankruptcy
bill, and what MoveOn sees as Hoyer's failure to bring
the party together against the bill. The bill has been
mired in Congress for years, and a significant share
of Democrats have always supported it.
This week, the bill passed 302-126; 73 Democrats supported
the bill, and 125 were against it. President Bush is
expected to sign the bill into law.
Progressives, particularly online bloggers, see the
bankruptcy bill as a gift to the financial services
industry. Democrats supporting the bill say it wasn't
what they would have passed were they in the majority,
but that there were many good aspects and protections
for low-income voters. Those opposing the bill disagree.
RAW STORY is expected
to speak shortly with a spokesperson for MoveOn.org,
and has placed calls to the House Democratic leadership.
DEVELOPING HARD... THE PRESS
RELEASE FOR THE CAMPAIGN FOLLOWS
For Immediate Release Contact: Jessica Smith, Trevor
Friday, April 15, 2005 Fenton Communications, 202-822-5200
STENY HOYER & GOP REPS TARGETED
IN RADIO AD CAMPAIGN
VOTES FOR BANKRUPTCY BILL CALLED WAR ON THE
MIDDLE CLASS & BONANZA FOR CREDIT CARD COS.
Ads to Run in Districts of 10 Rs & Democratic Whip
MoveOn PAC announced that it will begin airing a radio
ad campaign in the Congressional districts of House
Democratic Whip, Steny Hoyer (MD) and 10 Republican
members of Congress who voted for a bankruptcy bill
yesterday that would hurt middle class families. The
bankruptcy bill is the latest in a series of Republican
initiatives to benefit corporate special interests and
the super-rich at the expense of middle- and lower-income
“Our ad campaign will serve notice to politicians
in both parties, that when they masquerade as populist
friends of the middle class but vote the other way,
we’ll be there to hold them accountable,”
said Tom Matzzie, MoveOn PAC’s Washington Director.
“Democrats need to be united in their opposition
to bills like this that attack hardworking Americans.
This is especially true for Steny Hoyer, the Democratic
Whip, who has a good record on most issues, but should
have stood up against the credit card companies and
been a leader in his party. Democrats should be the
defender of the middle class. Every time they defend
the middle class values against Republican assaults,
they’ll inspire people to vote for them; give
them hope that the political process is worth engaging
in; which means they will win national elections,”
“When Republicans legislate in Washington for
corporate special interests at the expense of working
families, we’ll be there to blow the whistle at
home,” Matzzie concluded.
MoveOn PAC will run radio spots in the districts of
the following ten Republican congressman: Marilyn Musgrave
(CO), Katherine Harris (FL), Jim Nussle (IA), Chris
Chocola (IN), Jim Hostettler (IN), Mike Sodrel (IN),
Charles Taylor (NC), Heather Wilson (NM), Thelma Drake
(VA) and Randy Kuhl (NY). The ads criticize Members
of Congress for being friendlier to the banks and other
companies that issue credit cards than they are to the
majority of their constituents.
Audio of the ad will be available at www.moveonpac.org/bankruptcyads
after 8:00 p.m. ET today. A script of the ad follows.
# # #
SAMPLE: “Bankruptcy Radio” – Steny
(Note: the ad will be adapted to the specific districts
where they run.)
They worked hard. They had health insurance.
Then a medical emergency and the bills started to pile
up. Now they're facing bankruptcy.
Last year, half the personal bankruptcies in America
were ordinary working people with extraordinary medical
You'd think Congress would've helped them.
You'd think Steny Hoyer would've helped them. Think
Steny Hoyer just voted for a bankruptcy law practically
written by the credit card companies. Steny Hoyer got
$333,000 in contributions from those companies.
This new law won't make it tougher for corporate giants
like Enron and WorldCom. But the law will burden decent,
hard-working people with more debt.
Face it. The credit card companies sure have a friend
in Steny Hoyer.
Call Steny Hoyer at 301-474-0119.
Paid for by MoveOn PAC, www.moveonpac.org. Not authorized
by any candidate or candidate’s committee. MoveOn
PAC is responsible for the content of this advertisement.
Article originally published Apr. 15, 2005.