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New Ads Thank Democratic Lawmakers for Stimulus Package

Starting Monday, Americans United for Change (AUC) will start airing ads thanking four Democratic members of Congress for supporting the recent economic stimulus package. It's a "low six-figure" ad campaign that will air on local broadcast channels and during local cable ad breaks through next week, according to the group.

The ads call out Reps. Carol Shea-Porter (D-N.H.), Ciro Rodriguez (D-Tex.), Nick Lampson (D-Tex.), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.).

Here's the Shea-Porter version of the ad:

While some have criticized the economic stimulus package for not doing more to help Americans, "We think it was an important down payment," said AUC press secretary Jeremy J. Funk. "We do believe more should be done."

AUC started in 2005 as a group opposed to President Bush's Social Security plans. As The Post has reported, it is now "a clearinghouse for causes allied with the Democratic leadership." The group's primary focus is on domestic issues, including health care costs, and energy policy. It is part of the broad network of liberal advocacy groups, including MoveOn.org, and Americans Against Escalation in Iraq that frequently collaborate on grassroots and media campaigns. AUC is led by Brad Woodhouse, once described by The Post as a "prolific e-mailer."

The four members face competitive races this November. Lampson's seat is listed on the most recent Fix Friday Line of House races, while all four members are in "competitive races," according to the Cook Political Report.

"We figured they could use the praise," Funk said.

-- Ed O'Keefe

By Ed O'Keefe |  May 30, 2008; 12:14 PM ET Ad Watch , Congress
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Posted by: Graind | May 30, 2008 1:47 PM

All the people who are against welfare please return your stimulus paychecks to: The White House 1200 Pennsylvania Ave.

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