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Anti-tax group compares Virginia Senate to Bernie Madoff in ad blitz

Anita Kumar

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."

Ouch!

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.

By Anita Kumar  |  March 2, 2010; 11:55 AM ET
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Comments

Of course they're infavor of cutting education. An ignorant public gives their corporate owners more money. This bunch of yahoo's idea of a state is a pinata they can pull the strings on at will to soak up some cash when they need another yacht.

Posted by: EricS2 | March 2, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

The gop is very good at nasty and bullying. Take those away and you have nothing but empty shells fill with stupid ideology.

Posted by: hadelaide | March 2, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

If you think Madoff ran a large scam, here's another example that has ripped off millions of people for several decades, to the tune of 10s of billions of dollars:

Amway is a scam, and here's why: Amway pays out as little money as they can get away with, so they support the higher level IBOs ripping off their downline via the tool scam.

As a result, about 99% of IBOs operate at a net loss, while the top 1% make several TIMES more from their Amway tool scam than from the Amway products. This was made illegal in the UK in 2008, but our FTC is unable to pull their heads out of their butts to stop it here.

Read about it on my blog, I suggest you start here: http://tiny.cc/D5oJh and forward the information to everyone you know, so they don't get scammed.

Posted by: texansay | March 2, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

"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."

"In the midst of a recession" is only relevant if the House was willing to raise fees at other times. They are not, so the qualifier is just a reporter mouthing GOP talking points.

Posted by: bob16 | March 2, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

The tax that Americans for Prosperity uses to attack Democrats is 18 cents per month on Virginia phone bills to pay for injury and death benefits for first responders hurt or killed on the job.

Americans for Prosperity's mailings, radio ads, and website equate Democrats supporting this 18 cents per month tax for police, firefighters, paramedics, animal control, etc. injured or killed while doing their duty with Bernie Madoff and Enron.

I sympathize with decent Virginians; the extremist, deceptive, and secretive Americans for Prosperity set up a "chapter" in Maryland to do their dirty work here too.

- Steve Lebowitz, Annapolis

Posted by: justdafactsSteveLebowitz | March 3, 2010 1:04 AM | Report abuse

If you think Madoff ran a huge scam, here's another example that has ripped off millions of people for several decades, to the tune of 10s of billions of dollars:

Amway is a scam, and here's why: Amway pays out as little money as they can get away with, so they support the higher level IBOs ripping off their downline via the tool scam.

As a result, about 99% of IBOs operate at a net loss, while the top 1% make several TIMES more from their Amway tool scam than from the Amway products. This was made illegal in the UK in 2008, but our FTC is unable to pull their heads out of their butts to stop it here.

Read about it on my blog, I suggest you start here: http://tiny.cc/D5oJh and forward the information to everyone you know, so they don't get scammed.

Posted by: texansay | March 3, 2010 7:45 AM | Report abuse

privatize education, cut public safety. the taxpayers are tapped out. that is economic reality.

Posted by: millionea7 | March 3, 2010 9:37 AM | Report abuse

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