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Dems Press Republicans To Reject Support From Pro-Outsourcing Group's Ad Campaign


At $4.1 million, the AfP buy is one of the biggest of the summer, targeting nearly two dozen Democrats in 11 states. The segment only implicitly targets Democrats, and is therefore what's known as issue advocacy -- the sort of ad that could have run before the Supreme Court's controversial Citizen's United decision. But Democrats say its a harbinger of nastier campaign tactics to come, and a prime example of why Congress needs to pass the DISCLOSE Act. As a 501(c)(4), AfP's donor's are unknown, and Democrats and campaign finance reform advocates warn that, without disclosure, special interests -- including foreign and domestic corporations -- could secretly influence election outcomes.

Look for the DCCC and state parties to ratchet up this campaign later this week. The first example of Democratic pushback comes from Zack Space -- one of the targets of the ad -- in this web video.

A complete list of targeted candidates -- including one Republican -- follows, as does the ad itself:

  • Marion Berry (D-AR)

  • Vic Snyder (D-AR)

  • Brad Ellsworth (D-IN)

  • Baron Hill (D-IN)

  • Bart Stupak (D-MI)

  • Mark Schauer (D-MI)

  • Ike Skelton (D-MO)

  • Earl Pomeroy (D-ND)

  • Steve Driehaus (D-OH)

  • Mary Jo Kilroy (D-OH)

  • John Boccieri (D-OH)

  • Zack Space (D-OH)

  • Kathy Dahlkemper (D-PA)

  • Jim Gerlach (R-PA)

  • Joe Sestak (D-PA)

  • Chris Carney (D-PA)

  • Paul Kanjorski (D-PA)

  • John Spratt (D-SC)

  • John Tanner (D-TN)

  • Glenn Nye (D-VA)

  • Tom Perriello (D-VA)

  • Rick Boucher (D-VA)

  • David Obey (D-WI)

  • Steve Kagen (D-WI)

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