Chamber Says Sen. Sherrod Brown “voted to block American energy production and increase energy taxes.”

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Chamber Says Sen. Sherrod Brown “voted to block American energy production and increase energy taxes.”

Politifact Ohio – There’s not much love lost between the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown.

Nearly a year before Brown, a Democrat from Avon, Ohio, is up for re-election, the world’s largest business federation has targeted him with a pair of negative television ads as it launched a nationwide 2012 election effort  the group promiseswill be the “largest voter education and grassroots mobilization campaign in its nearly 100 year history.”

The Chamber says it spent more than $1 million on the initial round of political ads that target races in Ohio, Iowa, Montana, Washington, Pennsylvania and Nevada.

The first Ohio ad criticizing Brown on energy issues started to run Nov. 16. Claiming that Washington’s energy policies could leave Ohio families in the cold this winter, it says: “When Sherrod Brown had the chance to help cut energy costs, he said no. Instead, Brown voted to block American energy production and increase energy taxes.”

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