On Tuesday, progressive groups released new attack ads and announced they are spending over $1 million to target 5 Republicans who voted against the house climate bill. The goal is to send a signal to those who are opposing clean energy legislation that they will come under fire for both their votes and the financial contributions that energy interests have made to their campaigns.
Ben Smith At Politico writes:
The ads from the League of Conservation Voters, the Sierra Club, MoveOn and Americans United for Change, will target Reps. Thaddeus McCotter (R-Mich.), Denny Rehberg (R- Mont.), Roy Blunt (R- Mo.) and two Virginia Republicans, Frank Wolf and House Minority Whip Eric Cantor.
The ad casts the members as siding with "big oil and energy interests" and against "the jobs we really need" because they voted against the legislation that would set up a system of trading carbon permits known as "cap-and-trade" and impose a series of other measures aimed at reducing emissions.