As Democrats prepare to use House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's words about disaster relief funding against the whole GOP, the progressives at MoveOn.org are helping to get the ball rolling with a new national television ad calling Cantor's call for spending cuts to pay for disaster aid "appalling."
"Republicans like Eric Cantor are threatening to hold victims of Hurricane Irene hostage by demanding budget cuts in exchange for aid," the ad's narrator says. "Abandoning families who have lost everything just to serve the GOP's extreme agenda? It's heartless, appalling and it's not how we do things in America."
MoveOn will not discuss the size of the ad buy, but say the ad will run on national cable (CNN and MSNBC) "early next week."
The progressive campaign follows a plan by the DCCC to tie East Coast Republicans to Cantor's words about disaster relief offsets. GOP opponents say Cantor went too far when he said new aid will need to be paid for with spending cuts, and they think voters will agree them next year.