The Seattle Times reports today that the US Chamber of Commerce is lying on Dave Reichert’s behalf in radio ads that falsely accuse Darcy Burner of supporting “higher taxes on families with children.” Imagine that.
The radio spot, which started airing Friday in local markets, is part of a $20 million national ad buy with which the U.S. Chamber is supporting some House and Senate candidates.
And that’s on top of the hundreds of millions of dollars the Chamber has spent over the past half decade or so, backing conservative, pro-business candidates in local judicial, executive and legislative races nationwide. We’re talking maybe half a billion dollars from the US Chamber alone.
One of the criticisms I’ve heard of Darcy’s 2006 campaign was her failure to effectively fight back against the many lies that were told by Reichert and his surrogates, but the 2008 campaign seems much more responsive. In fact, they’ve already cut a new radio ad that will start running tonight on both KOMO and KIRO:[audio:http://horsesass.org/wp-content/uploads/burner_special_interest_friends_v2.mp3]
It’ll take of lot of work for Darcy to win in November, but job one is refuting the lies before they have time to take hold.