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BANKRUPTCY FISSURE? PAC to run ads targeting Democratic leader in House Steny Hoyer


Advertisement PAC will run sharp radio ads attack against the Democrats' number two in the House, Democratic Whip, Steny Hoyer (D-MD) along with ten Republican congressmembers, RAW STORY has learned. The ads will be made available tonight.

Hoyer's office declined to comment.

The attack marks a new strategy for the group, which in the past has abetted campaigns of Democratic candidates.

The issue, it seems, is Hoyer's vote on the bankruptcy bill, and what MoveOn sees as Hoyer's failure to bring the party together against the bill. The bill has been mired in Congress for years, and a significant share of Democrats have always supported it.

This week, the bill passed 302-126; 73 Democrats supported the bill, and 125 were against it. President Bush is expected to sign the bill into law.

Progressives, particularly online bloggers, see the bankruptcy bill as a gift to the financial services industry. Democrats supporting the bill say it wasn't what they would have passed were they in the majority, but that there were many good aspects and protections for low-income voters. Those opposing the bill disagree.

RAW STORY is expected to speak shortly with a spokesperson for, and has placed calls to the House Democratic leadership.



MoveOn PAC

For Immediate Release Contact: Jessica Smith, Trevor FitzGibbon,
Friday, April 15, 2005 Fenton Communications, 202-822-5200



Ads to Run in Districts of 10 Rs & Democratic Whip

MoveOn PAC announced that it will begin airing a radio ad campaign in the Congressional districts of House Democratic Whip, Steny Hoyer (MD) and 10 Republican members of Congress who voted for a bankruptcy bill yesterday that would hurt middle class families. The bankruptcy bill is the latest in a series of Republican initiatives to benefit corporate special interests and the super-rich at the expense of middle- and lower-income American families.

“Our ad campaign will serve notice to politicians in both parties, that when they masquerade as populist friends of the middle class but vote the other way, we’ll be there to hold them accountable,” said Tom Matzzie, MoveOn PAC’s Washington Director.

“Democrats need to be united in their opposition to bills like this that attack hardworking Americans. This is especially true for Steny Hoyer, the Democratic Whip, who has a good record on most issues, but should have stood up against the credit card companies and been a leader in his party. Democrats should be the defender of the middle class. Every time they defend the middle class values against Republican assaults, they’ll inspire people to vote for them; give them hope that the political process is worth engaging in; which means they will win national elections,” Matzzie continued.

“When Republicans legislate in Washington for corporate special interests at the expense of working families, we’ll be there to blow the whistle at home,” Matzzie concluded.

MoveOn PAC will run radio spots in the districts of the following ten Republican congressman: Marilyn Musgrave (CO), Katherine Harris (FL), Jim Nussle (IA), Chris Chocola (IN), Jim Hostettler (IN), Mike Sodrel (IN), Charles Taylor (NC), Heather Wilson (NM), Thelma Drake (VA) and Randy Kuhl (NY). The ads criticize Members of Congress for being friendlier to the banks and other companies that issue credit cards than they are to the majority of their constituents.

Audio of the ad will be available at after 8:00 p.m. ET today. A script of the ad follows.

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SAMPLE: “Bankruptcy Radio” – Steny Hoyer
(Note: the ad will be adapted to the specific districts where they run.)

MoveOn PAC

:60 Radio

They worked hard. They had health insurance.

Then a medical emergency and the bills started to pile up. Now they're facing bankruptcy.

Last year, half the personal bankruptcies in America were ordinary working people with extraordinary medical debt.

You'd think Congress would've helped them.

You'd think Steny Hoyer would've helped them. Think again.

Steny Hoyer just voted for a bankruptcy law practically written by the credit card companies. Steny Hoyer got $333,000 in contributions from those companies.

This new law won't make it tougher for corporate giants like Enron and WorldCom. But the law will burden decent, hard-working people with more debt.

Face it. The credit card companies sure have a friend in Steny Hoyer.

Do you?

Call Steny Hoyer at 301-474-0119.

Paid for by MoveOn PAC, Not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee. MoveOn PAC is responsible for the content of this advertisement.

Article originally published Apr. 15, 2005.

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