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TV Ads Target Wolf, Cantor

Anita Kumar

The liberal group Americans United for Change is airing TV ads criticizing U.S. Reps. Frank Wolf of Northern Virginia and Eric Cantor of Richmond for voting against a climate bill that would establish limits on greenhouse gases, create a trading system for emission permits and provide incentives to alter how companies use energy.

The group is spending $430,000 on the ads, which began airing this week and will run through Sept. 7. The "Dear Congressman" ads will run on cable TV in Washington (for Wolf) and on broadcast TV in Richmond (for Cantor).

The House narrowly passed the American Clean Energy and Security Act (also known as the Waxman-Markey bill) in June with 44 Democrats voting against it. The Senate has yet to schedule a vote.

The ad criticizes Wolf and Cantor for siding with "Big Oil and Washington special interests over struggling Virginia families" and voting against a bill that will "create 1.7 million high paying clean energy jobs of the future, including 45,000 jobs in Virginia."

But Dan Scandling and Stacey Johnson from Wolf's and Cantor's offices, respectively, said that numerous studies have shown that the bill would drive jobs overseas. For example, a study by the conservative Heritage Foundation says implementing the proposal would, by 2035, destroy 1,105,000 American jobs per year on average, with peak years seeing unemployment rise by over 2,479,000 jobs, and contribute to rising gas prices.

By Anita Kumar  |  August 27, 2009; 4:00 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Campaign Ads , Frank R. Wolf  
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