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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

More of same for Lincoln UPDATE

Posted By on Wed, Dec 2, 2009 at 3:35 PM

Yet another front group for ultra-right-wing rich folks has set out to attack Sen. Blanche Lincoln. Release on the jump. TV ads and a round of robo-calling against Lincoln on health reform -- by a supposed advocate for small businesses -- have as ultimate sponsor an outfit that has ties to the billionaire Kochs among other familiar ultra-wealthy right-wingers and teabaggers. Follow the links in the Source Watch link to Competitive Enterprise Institute, National Taxpayers Union, etc.

Arkansans lined up to represent small business include Democrat Printing and Lithograph executive John Parke, a well-to-do Republican legislative candidate; a Conway doctor, Thomas Reid; and businessmen Roger Lacy, Eric Tinner and Don Rottman. Some of those names you'll find on the rolls of Republican contributors, naturally. As best I can tell,  none is covered by a government insurance plan, like some other recent stars of anti-Lincoln ads.

UPDATE: A spokesman for Koch Industries, whose many investments include Arkansas wood products businesses, wants to clear the record on Koch spending this year. The billionaire family's ties with right-wing political causes are many, historic and well-documented. BUT, she said, they have not given money  to these ads against Blanche Lincoln. The Kochs support Lincoln, the spokesman said. As indeed they should, since she wants to repeal the estate tax, an effort on which the Kochs have spent millions to win friends in Congress. Though Koch fingerprints may not appear directly on this specific ad, they are doing all they can to demonize those who'd back health care reform, including commentary on the company's website. It has washed off on their friend Blanche, you can be sure.

NEWS RELEASE

WASHINGTON – With the White House jobs summit scheduled for Thursday, Keeping Small Business Healthy, a project of The Institute for Liberty, today announced a new TV ad campaign targeting Senator Lincoln on the effects of the current health care legislation on small business owners and how it would ultimately kill jobs.
 
The ad features Arkansas small business owners talking about how the current health care reform legislation will hurt them and other small business owners. 
 
Additionally, the ads will also target Senator Landrieu (D-LA), Senator Nelson (D-NE), Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND) and Senator Conrad (D-ND).  
 
“Small businesses drive our economy.   Unemployment is at a 25 year high.  Yet Senator Lincoln continues to ignore the devastating consequences this health care reform legislation will have on small business,” said Andrew Langer, KSBH President.   “I’ve got an idea for the jobs summit, stop proposing legislation that will devastate small business and lead to higher unemployment.”
 
Phone calls targeting Senator Lincoln also began statewide today.   The phone calls urge small business owners and constituents to call their Senator and tell them to support job creation and not a health care bill which kills jobs.
 
The :30 second TV ad begins running in each state today.  See the ads at www.healthysmallbusiness.org
 
“This bill will kill jobs.  It’s bad for those who want true reform and it’s bad for small business,” continued Langer.
 
A full transcript of the ad can be found below.
 
Keeping Small Business Healthy, a project of the Institute for Liberty, primary objective is to ensure any health care reform legislation passed by Congress addresses the challenges faced by small business without imposing harmful government mandates and new taxes.  Keeping Small Business Healthy believes that health care reform must be smart reform that includes medical liability reform, more health insurance options and competition to help decrease costs. To learn more about the project visit www.healthysmallbusiness.org

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