House GOP Ads Use IRS Scandal To Attack Dems

UPDATE: 9:32 AM ET, May 28, 2013

House Republicans’ campaign arm is targeting four Democratic incumbents with attack ads seeking to take advantage of the IRS scandal and link it to Obamacare implementation.

The National Republican Campaign Committee announced Tuesday that it will put versions of the billboard below on thousands of trucks in the districts of Reps. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ), Ron Barber (D-AZ), Collin Peterson (D-MN) and John Barrow (D-GA).

“It’s time that House Democrats are held accountable for their support of ObamaCare, especially now that the scandal-ridden IRS is in charge of enforcing the program,” NRCC spokeswoman Andrea Bozek told TPM.

Bozek said the NRCC also intends to hold press conferences with local reporters on Tuesday highlighting the ads in each of the four districts.

NRCC billboards

NRCC spokespersons didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.

The ads, first reported by Yahoo News, don’t directly refer to the IRS targeting of conservatives last year or blame Democratic lawmakers, but the timing isn’t coincidental. The IRS is tasked with implementing key portions of Obamacare starting in 2014, including the tax credits to help people buy insurance and the tax penalty for those who don’t.


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