Campaign 2010

Feb 23, 2009

DCCC Announces: 12 House Republicans Targeted in Major Grassroots Campaign


The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), chaired by Congressman Chris Van Hollen, announced the DCCC is launching the third phase of the Putting Families First campaign on Tuesday targeting Republicans who opposed President Obama's economic recovery bill, the largest component of which is middle class tax cuts to 95 percent of Americans. 


During this phase of the campaign, the DCCC is taking the message of middle class tax cuts and economic recovery directly to Republican Members by mounting a major grassroots campaign that includes phone calls, e-mails, and text messages directly to targeted Republicans' constituents. 


The DCCC is also launching a new webpage,, designed to educate people about the benefits of the economic recovery bill and how it will impact their district. The site includes an interactive map that illustrates the job creation and tax cuts by state, information about targeted Republicans; and a petition where people can voice their outrage about Republican opposition. People can also get the economic recovery information on their mobile device by texting the word "recovery" and a state abbreviation to 30644 (For example: "recovery CA").


"These are serious times; hard working families are worried about keeping their jobs, health care and homes.  Americans want action on middle class tax cuts and economic recovery, not House Republicans' 'just say no' approach," said DCCC Chairman Chris Van Hollen. "House Republicans can't have it both ways - they can't claim to be in favor of tax cuts and then vote against the largest tax cut in American history.  Americans will hold House Republicans accountable for 'just saying no' to the largest tax cut in American history and saving and creating three to four million jobs.  We will hold accountable those Republicans who continue to vote in lockstep against President Obama's economic recovery plan for the American people."


Americans are overwhelmingly rejecting House Republicans' "just say no" approach to the economy and middle class tax cuts.  It's no wonder that, according to a new AP-GfK poll, an overwhelmingly majority of Americans disapprove of the way Republicans in Congress are handling the economy when NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions compares the Republicans' tactics on the economic recovery bill to the tactics of the Taliban and Republican Whip Eric Cantor proudly boasts that Republicans are "just saying no" to President Obama's economic recovery bill and the middle class tax cuts to 95 percent of Americans.


While House Republicans celebrate being the party of no economic recovery and no middle class tax cuts, more than 3.7 million Americans have lost their jobs, the stock market has plummeted wiping out nearly $7 trillion in stock market wealth and endangering thousands of investors' nest eggs, and one in 10 homeowners was delinquent on mortgage payments or in foreclosure this fall. 


Automated calls will be running in the following Republican Members' districts:


Representative Judy Biggert (IL-13)

Representative Ken Calvert (CA-44)

Representative Michael Castle (DE-AL)

Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15)

Representative Jim Gerlach (PA-06)

Representative Mark Kirk (IL-10)

Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-09)

Representative Dan Lungren (CA-03)

Representative Thad McCotter (MI-11)

Representative Adam Putnam (FL-12)

Representative Dave Reichert (WA-08)

Representative Pete Sessions (TX-32)


The text of the automated calls follow:


Representative Thad McCotter (MI-11)


Hello, I'm calling on behalf of House Democrats with an important message about the economy. 


Did you know Congressman Thad McCotter voted against President Obama's economic recovery plan, endorsed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce?  McCotter's empty rhetoric can't hide that he voted to raise the AMT tax on 22 million middle class Americans and against the largest tax cut in history. 


Call McCotter at 734-632-0314 to ask why he voted to raise taxes on middle class families.


Check out to learn more.


Paid for by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, 202-741-1350, not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee.


The DCCC will continue its national initiative by continuing to email three million voters and make more than 100,000 person-to-person phone calls.  The first two phases of the DCCC campaign included strategic radio ads in 28 Republican districts and automated calls in the seven freshmen Republicans' districts. 


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