Last night, on DailyKos, StephanieTaylor announced a rather audacious move by the PCCC and DFA.
After Senators Max Baucus (D-MT) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME) were the two deciding Finance Committee votes against the public option, we decided to raise our fundraising goal from $100,000 to $200,000 to air our hard-hitting TV ads against them.
These ads and Stephanie's announcement are making huge waves in the media -- nationally, in Montana, and in Maine. (See clips from Countdown, Hardball, and The Ed Show on the right!)
The more we chip in, the more we can FLOOD the Montana & Maine airwaves with ads holding Baucus and Snowe accountable to their constituents. Polls show both states favor the public option -- Maine by 2 to 1.
Check out a story several top Montana newspapers reported today:
Within hours after Sen. Max Baucus voted Tuesday to omit a government-run insurance option from his health-reform bill, a pair of liberal groups vowed to use a critical TV ad to "pummel" the senator for his action.
"These senators just voted against what their constituents want - and voted with corporate interests that have given them millions," said the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC).
PCCC and Democracy for America already had prepared the ad featuring Billings resident Bing Perrine, to begin airing Tuesday on broadcast outlets across Montana.
Perrine, who has more than $100,000 in debts because of a medical care related to a congenital heart defect, says on the ad that "none of this debt would have piled up if I'd had the option of buying into a public health insurance plan."
He then raps Baucus for opposing the public-option plan and asks, "Whose side are you on?"
...Democracy for America and PCCC intended to raise $100,000 to air the ad in Montana and Maine, where it targets U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe, a Republican, but said Tuesday they've already raised $90,000 and are upping the ante to $200,000.
Help flood the Montana and Maine airwaves today! Join the pummeling.