Ad Watch: Another Day, Another New Third-Party Attack Against Sherrod As Latest Secretly-Funded Group Attempts To Distract From Mandel’s Second Straight Debate Failure


Ad Watch: Another Day, Another New Third-Party Attack Against Sherrod As Latest Secretly-Funded Group Attempts To Distract From Mandel’s Second Straight Debate Failure

In Past Week Mandel Twice Admitted He’d Have Voted To Let Auto Industry Die, Promised To Take Unqualified Political Cronies From Treasurer’s Office To Washington

As the Josh Mandel campaign flounders amid Mandel’s recent admission that he would have voted to let the auto industry die and his shocking promise to take his unqualified political cronies with him to Washington, yet another secretly funded third party group is up on the air with a new false, and misleading attack against Sherrod.

The latest attack ad raises the total amount spent against Sherrod by secretly-funded third-party groups to $23.6 million, more money from outside groups than any other senate candidate has faced.

Club For Growth – Green, :30 – 10/19/12




Announcer:  Sherrod Brown could cost you a lot of green.  Brown cleared the way for the cap and trade energy tax that would drive up gasoline and heating costs




Brown Voted Against Cap And Trade Bill.  In June 2008, Senator Brown voted against a motion to invoke cloture (thus limiting debate) on the Boxer, D-Calif., substitute amendment no. 4825 that would cap greenhouse gas emissions nationwide and set up a trading system for companies to buy and sell emissions allowances. [CQ; Vote 145, 6/6/08]


Columbus Dispatch Ad Watch: Sen. Brown Voted Against Cap And Trade.  In a July 2012 ad watch of a previous Crossroads GPS ad, the Columbus Dispatch reported “Take the claim that Brown ‘even supported’’ cap and trade — a regulatory system designed to curb emissions of greenhouse gases. Cap and trade would offer utility and industrial plants a market system to encourage industries to reduce their emissions of greenhouse gases. But Brown voted against a cap-and-trade bill in 2008, which prompted environmental organizations to criticize his vote. [Columbus Dispatch, 7/10/12]


19 Republican Senators Voted As Senator Brown Did On Climate Change Legislation In 2008.  In 2008, at least 19 other Republican Senators voted as Sen. Brown did on both climate change votes in 2008. [Senate Vote 141, 6/2/08; Senate Vote 145, 6/6/08]


Sen. Brown Joined Republicans In Voting Against Cap & Trade.  In June 2008,The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported “U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, an Ohio Democrat who has enjoyed widespread support from environmentalists, joined Republicans Friday to block legislation aimed at curtailing global warming.” [Cleveland Plain Dealer, 6/7/08]


Sen. Brown’s Wish List For Cap And Trade Centered On Ensuring That The Midwest Manufacturing Base Is Put To Work.  In October 2009, The New York Times wrote that Sen Brown “has bluntly stated that unless the authors agree to a variety of manufacturing and trade provisions, there is little possibility that the legislation will get anywhere near enough support to clear the Senate. ‘There probably won’t be 50 votes,’ Brown said last week. ‘There sure won’t be 60 without taking care of manufacturing.’  Brown’s wish list centers on ensuring that even as the country moves toward a ‘clean energy’ economy, it does so without decimating the energy intensive industries that are prevalent in Ohio and across the Midwest. And, Brown says, he wants to ensure that the Midwest manufacturing base is put to work making parts for the new economy.”  [New York Times,10/14/09]


Sen. Brown Teamed Up With The Business Community To Protect The Interests Of Manufacturing Companies During The Climate Change Debate.  In October 2009, The Hill wrote “While Brown is a solid supporter of labor unions, he has teamed up with the business community to protect the interests of manufacturing companies in the climate change debate. The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) wrote a letter to Brown last week endorsing his proposal to set up a $30 billion Manufacturing Revolving Loan Fund to help small- and medium-sized businesses restructure their production lines for a new economic landscape. But Brown says protecting manufacturers is a necessary step to protect workers.  ‘Climate change has to be substantively a jobs bill and has to be sold as a jobs bill,’ said Brown.”  [The Hill, 10/1/09]



Announcer:  Brown supported the death tax that hits what your family saves to leave to your kids.




Estates Under $5 Million Are Exempt From The Estate Tax.  In June 2012, CNN reported “Since 2001, the amount of money exempt from the estate tax has been set at six different levels and the top rate has been adjusted nine times, according to the American Bar Association.”  CNN continued, “This year, estates under $5 million are exempt from the tax. Amounts above that are taxed up to a top rate of 35%.”  [CNN, 6/1/12]




Announcer: And of course, Washington insider Sherrod Brown six times voted to raise his own pay. Sherrod Brown, foolish with your taxes.  Club for Growth Action is responsible for the content of this advertising.



Sen. Brown Has Voted Against Pay Increases At Least 7 Times. [Vote 317,7/16/96; Vote 300, 7/15/99; Vote 267, 7/25/01; Vote 463, 9/5/03; Vote 451,9/14/04; Vote 327, 6/28/05; Vote 261, 6/13/06]


“Since launching his campaign for senate from the empty halls of the state Treasurer’s office, Josh Mandel’s stayed competitive thanks only to an influx of more than $23 million from secretly-funded attack groups who have spent more money smearing Sherrod’s record of fighting for the middle class than they’ve spent against any other senate candidate in the country,” said Sadie Weiner, spokeswoman for Friends of Sherrod Brown. “But unfortunately for the D.C. lobbyists pouring millions into Ohio to elect their preferred puppet Josh Mandel, no amount of secretly-funded attacks on Sherrod will distract from Josh Mandel’s clear opposition to the auto rescue, shocking pledge to award his unqualified political cronies with plum jobs in Washington, or the fact that he’s a politician who can’t be trusted.”

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