First of Many Anti-Lobbyists TV Ads?
Rhode Island Secretary of State Matt Brown (D), one of two Democrats seeking to unseat Sen. Lincoln Chafee (R) in the fall, launched a television commercial today seeking to take advantage of the current public attitude toward lobbyists -- a move that likely presages similar efforts in competitive federal races across the country in the run-up to the 2006 midterm elections.
"Do you ever wonder why we're working harder to pay our bills, while the big oil and drug companies get away with record profits," Brown asks at the ad's start. "Here's the problem: There are over 34,000 lobbyists in Washington making sure the special interests get theirs -- and we get the bill."
Brown unveiled a lobbying reform proposal last month that would require lobbyists to file client disclosure firms monthly, extend the waiting period for former members of Congress and staffers to lobby their former colleagues and bring all lobbying under the jurisdiction of the Justice Department.
Brown pledges at the ad's close that "as your senator, I'll stand up to the Washington lobbyists, and do what's right for Rhode Islanders." Watch the ad on Brown's Web site.
The ad was produced by Matt MacWilliams of MacWilliams Robinson & Partners and is running on broadcast and cable networks in the state's only media market -- Providence. Brown's pollster, by the way, is Pete Brodnitz who handled Tim Kaine's successful '05 gubernatorial bid in Virginia and is new on Harold Ford Jr.'s Senate bid in Tennessee.
Brown and former state Attorney General Sheldon Whitehouse are seeking the Democratic nomination. Chafee is being opposed in the GOP primary by Cranston Mayor Steve Laffey.
As the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal continues to play out in the national media, expect a number of 2006 campaign ads to center on how and why Washington's culture needs to be cleaned up. Polling continues to suggest that voters don't yet see the Abramoff saga in partisan terms, but Democrats are convinced that over time corruption in Congress will be a winning issue for them this year. However, stories like this one about Rep. Bill Jefferson (D-La.) may cloud that argument somewhat.
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