Campaign 2010

Aug 04, 2011

DCCC Launches ‘Accountability August’: Republicans’ Choosing Millionaires over Medicare

The DCCC today launched its ‘Accountability August’ grassroots and paid campaign to hold vulnerable Republicans accountable for “choosing Millionaires over Medicare.”

As part of the DCCC’s “Drive for 25” campaign to win the House, the DCCC will hold 44 Republicans accountable for their bad budget choices with radio ads, billboards, gas station advertising, community meetings, door-to-door canvasses, phone banks, virtual phone banks,  and automated calls.  All of which will lead up to a week of action beginning August 28 where volunteers will call their Republican Members of Congress and urge them to choose seniors’ Medicare over millionaires’ tax breaks and Big Oil subsidies.

“House Republicans’ priorities are clear – they have repeatedly chosen Millionaires and Big Oil over Medicare and voters are holding them accountable for it,” said DCCC Chairman Steve Israel. “Republicans will have to explain to their constituents why they voted to end Medicare three times and raise seniors’ health care costs in order to protect tax breaks for millionaires, billionaires and Big Oil. Republicans will have to defend the indefensible.”

The campaign also includes an action center at where voters can participate in virtual phone banks, use tools to write or call their Representative and find out how to get involved during the August recess at town hall meetings or protests.

An example of the radio ad to be run in Representative Charlie Bass’s (NH-02) district follows:

“Congressman Charlie Bass voted to end Medicare forcing seniors to pay more to protect tax breaks for Big Oil and millionaires.  Tell Bass stop choosing millionaires over seniors”

An example of an automated phone call in Representative Sean Duffy (WI-07) district follows:

“Hi, this is Clare from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee calling about Congressman Sean Duffy’s vote to end Medicare in order to protect millionaires. 

“You’ve paid into Medicare and deserve the Medicare benefits you’ve earned. But while you’re paying $6,400 more for your health care, Big Oil and millionaires will get big tax breaks.  That’s not right.

“Everyone agrees we must cut spending and tighten our belt, but Duffy has made the wrong choice. 

“Please call Congressman Duffy at (715) 298-9344 and tell him to keep his hands off our Medicare!”

The following 44 districts are included in parts of the Accountability August campaign:

  • Rick Crawford (AR-01)
  • Tim Griffin (AR-02)
  • Paul Gosar (AZ-01)
  • Dan Lungren (CA-03)
  • Jeff Denham (CA-19)
  • Elton Gallegly (CA-24)
  • David Dreier (CA-26)
  • Gary Miller (CA-42)
  • Mary Bono Mack (CA-45)
  • Brian Bilbray (CA-50)
  • Scott Tipton (CO-03)
  • Cory Gardner (CO-04)
  • Steve Southerland (FL-02)
  • Dan Webster (FL-08)
  • Bill Young (FL-10)
  • Vern Buchanan (FL-13)
  • David Rivera (FL-25)
  • Tom Latham (IA-03)
  • Steve King (IA-04)
  • Tim Johnson (IL-13)
  • Bobby Schilling (IL-17)
  • Larry Bucshon (IN-08)
  • Andy Barr (KY-06)
  • Dan Benishek (MI-01)
  • Thad McCotter (MI-11)
  • Erik Paulsen (MN-03)
  • Chip Cravaack (MN-08)
  • Charlie Bass (NH-02)
  • Joe Heck (NV-03)
  • Randy Altschuler (NY-01)
  • Nan Hayworth (NY-19)
  • Matthew Doheny (NY-23)
  • Ann Marie Buerkle (NY-25)
  • Steve Chabot (OH-01)
  • Pat Meehan (PA-07)
  • Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-08)
  • Lou Barletta (PA-11)
  • Charlie Dent (PA-15)
  • Quico Canseco (TX-23)
  • Blake Farenthold (TX-27)
  • Scott Rigell (VA-02)
  • Paul Ryan (WI-01)
  • Sean Duffy (WI-07)
  • David McKinley (WV-01)

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