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Updated With Video: AFL-CIO to Air Pro-Casey TV Ads

By Keegan Gibson, Managing Editor

Update:The ad is indeed the product of the Pa. AFL-CIO, President Rick Bloomingdale confirmed to PoliticsPA. A copy of the ad is below.

“We decided to do the ad because Bob Casey has been fighting hard for workers,” Bloomingdale said. “Some times he operates quietly and not out on the forefront and we thought it was time people recognized the good work he’s doing.”The ad began today and will air through Friday.

According to a Republican media consultant, the AFL-CIO will spend over $170,000 to air television ads in support of Democratic Senator Bob Casey. The spots are scheduled to begin Monday.

The ad buy was discovered during a routine survey of political advertisements on Pa. TV stations. It will air in each of the state’s 6 major television networks on a mix of broadcast and cable.

Casey currently has a record of voting with the labor group 98 percent of the time, according to the most recent AFL-CIO scorecard.

Republicans have been on the attack against Casey lately. They sought to tie him to President Obama, whose numbers in Pa. have flagged over recent months. For example, the Senator took lumps last week during and after a visit by the President to Scranton. There were votes in the Senate that day and he did not attend the speech.

Here are the details we have via our GOP media consultant source, broken down by media market:

Philadelphia: $35,409 (Cable only)
Pittsburgh: $11,149 (Cable only)
Harrisburg: $45,852 (Broadcast: $30,155, Cable: $15,697)
Johnstown-Altoona: $18,728 (Broadcast: $10,830, Cable: $7,898)
Wilkes Barre-Scranton: $27,100 (Broadcast: $16,400, Cable: $10,700)
Erie: $33,570 (Broadcast: $30,270, Cable: $3,300)

Cable schedules will air on CNN, Headline News and MSNBC, with AMC also used in a few smaller markets.

4 Responses

  1. No surprise. Let’s not forget this is why our Founding Fathers originally set the Senate to be NOMINATED by each State’s Legislature. This is the exact reason why this country would look totally differently if the 17th Amendment was never put into place.

  2. This is news?! I think not. Casey is and always has been bought, paid for, and owned by the unions.

  3. One wonders why a supporter of divisive politicians such as DeMint and Toomey would post the usual trashing Obama talking point. What have the top 1% done for this country other than continue destructive policies for the middle class?

  4. One wonders why the head of a workers’ union would support a Senator whose policies, the Obama Policies, of trillions of debt and deficit, stimulus and bailouts have not resulted in jobs for working people.

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