Anti-tax group compares Virginia Senate to Bernie Madoff in ad blitz
The Virginia chapter of Americans for Prosperity is starting an advertising campaign today that criticizes the Democratic-controlled Senate for the millions of dollars in fees it approved in its budget.
No surprise there.
But this time, the group is sending out mailers that compare the Senate to Bernie Madoff, Enron and Charles Ponzi.
"Bernie Madoff, Enron and Charles Ponzi all used shell games to mislead and take money from people who trusted them,'' the flier states. "Now the Virginia Senate is running a shell game on us with their budget."
Check out the flier targeting state Sen. Ed Houck (Spotsylvania).
The mailers are being sent to homes in the districts of budget conferees and vulnerable senators.
The group will also run radio spots in Fredericksburg, Hampton Roads, Richmond and Roanoke, and take out online ads directing them to the Web site www.NoVirginiaTaxIncrease.com.
Lawmakers offered competing two-year spending plans last week, as they try to offset a $4 billion shortfall.
The Senate Finance Committee agreed to raise fees to avoid cutting so much from public education, trimming $487 million less in education funding over two years than the House Appropriations Committee. House members sided against raising fees in the midst of a recession.
March 2, 2010; 11:55 AM ET
Categories: Anita Kumar , General Assembly 2010 , House of Delegates , State Senate
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