Ads attack Schock for fiscal cliff vote
4 months, 1 week ago
Radio and television ads debut in the 18th District blasting the Peoria Congressman for supporting the deal
U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock's vote for last week's fiscal cliff deal already is drawing heat.
A group called the Jobs and Progress Fund plans to spend more than $16,000 on television attack ads in Mr. Schock's downstate district starting today, Crain's has learned.
“Washington has a strange effect on politicians. Just four years in Congress, and Aaron Schock has voted for massive tax increases and mountains of debt,” according to a transcript of the ad. “It's . . . well . . . shocking.”
According to the Ohio Secretary of State's website, a group called Ohio First for a Better Government registered as a nonprofit corporation in Dayton on March 8, 2011, and changed its name to Jobs and Progress Fund Inc. last month.
Ohio First is registered with the IRS but its annual tax return is not yet available, according to Guidestar.org, a website that tracks nonprofit data.
The group was incorporated by David R. Langdon, a prominent attorney in Cincinnati for several conservative nonprofit groups. He did not respond to a request for comment.
The ad urges his constituents to contact Mr. Schock and “tell him to side with taxpayers, for a change.”
In a brief phone interview, Schock declined to comment. “I will wait and see what the ad looks like and see who they are.” He suggested the group's intention was to spend a small amount on ads and draw media attention. “I'm not going to give a group like that any credence.”
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