The DC-based conservative PAC Madison Project is coming out swinging in a new radio ad released in support of Art Halvorson, a businessman who announced a primary to Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Blair).
It’s a 60 second spot which attacks Shuster’s record in congress but contains little information about Halvorson himself.
“You’d think politicians in Washington would want to stop the crushing amounts of debt they are placing on their citizens,” the narrator says. “Unfortunately, career politician Bill Shuster seems to be just fine with piling more debt on the backs of taxpayers.”
The ad, called “Endless Debt” by the Madison Project, goes on to attack Shuster for voting to raise the debt ceiling eight times. It places some responsibility for the United States’ debt on the 7-term congressman.
You can listen to the entire spot here.
Details from Madison Project spokesman Daniel Horowitz seem to indicate a relatively light buy.
“We’re starting out with 3 weeks on the stations that carry Rush either in the district or within the media market,” Horowitz said. “At that point we will assess whether to move on to another one of the many big government votes or positions Shuster has taken.”
The Madison Project, named after President James Madison, describes itself as a fundraiser for political conservative candidates across the country who match their platform as “Pro-Life, Pro-Family, Limited Government, Defenders of Religious Freedom.”
Located in Washington, the PAC is chaired by former Congressman (and Olympic medalist) Jim Ryun, a staunch Republican and Evangelical who was considered by some to be the most conservative member of congress during his five terms from 1996 to 2006. The Madison Project had an operating budget of nearly $2 million in 2012, most of which went directly to political candidates.
PoliticsPA is seeking comment from Shuster’s campaign.
Halvorson, 57, moved to Mann’s Choice in Bedford County 5 years ago after serving 29 years in the U.S. Coast Guard. He said he runs a commercial development business with properties up and down the east coast. The candidate loaned himself $100,000 to kickstart his campaign.