Ads aim to persuade D.C. council on contracting reform, soda tax
Two interest groups are aiming election-year advertising campaigns at the D.C. Council members who are racing to complete work on the budget this week.
The Service Employees International Union will begin airing an ad Tuesday in the City Paper calling on the council to enact "strong" contracting reform. Although the contracting bill is not expected to be voted on until later in the summer, SEIU officials say the final version of a bill is being put together now as Council member Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3) and the Fenty administration engage in negotiations over what will be included in it.
"Tell Mayor [Adrian] Fenty and the City Council you are tired of wasted tax dollars and worker abuse, and that D.C. wants real reform," SEIU says in the ad, which will run for two weeks.
Julie Karant of SEIU said the politically active union is looking for a "strong" bill that includes a ban on contractors who engaged in unethical business practices.
Meanwhile, a coalition of nutrition advocates says it will run a web ad on washingtonpost.com Tuesday to try to rally public support for Cheh's proposed soda tax.
The ad shows the faces of all 13 council members on 13 soda cans. "D.C. Council who do you support?" the ad by the Earth Day Network asks. "Healthy Kids or Soda Lobbyists?"
May 17, 2010; 7:11 PM ET
Categories: Budget , City Finances , D.C. Council , Tim Craig
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