Corporations Afraid $700,000 in Anonymous Donations ‘Not Enough’ to Bolster Pat Meehan’s Faltering Campaign
Springfield, PA – Apparently special interest groups don’t believe that $700,000 in television attack ads funded by anonymous corporate donors are enough to bolster Pat Meehan’s faltering campaign. Another Republican front group is slated to start running attack ads against Democrat Bryan Lentz, scared into action by a range of new polls that showed voters are ignoring previous attack ads designed to scare voters away from Lentz’s campaign.
American Action Network is slated to start running ads on local television stations. The group was founded earlier this year specifically to take advantage of a Supreme Court decision that lifted long-standing restrictions on political advertising by corporations. The group’s board is comprised of high-ranking members of the Republican establishment like Republican donor Fred Malek, and former U.S. Senator George Allen, who have promoted free-trade agreements that have resulted in American jobs getting shipped abroad, and opposed regulations to prevent another financial meltdown on Wall Street.
Malek, the chairman of the group, has also been involved in multiple scandals. Malek was required to pay a $100,000 fine by the SEC in 2004 for his role in a pension fund scandal, and documents released earlier this year showed that when he was in the Nixon administration in the 1970s Malek wrote a detailed plan to remove or demote Jewish Americans from jobs in the federal government.
American Action Network has rushed in to back Meehan’s campaign after multiple polls showed that Lentz’s efforts to talk with voters about his plans for creating good- paying jobs had overcome $700,000 in attack ads run against him by groups like Americans for Job Security and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to close a mid-summer polling gap. The Hill released a poll yesterday that found that 39 percent of the District voters supported Lentz’s campaign compared to 40 percent for Meehan, with 20 percent undecided.
“The only reason for these front groups to be upping the ante in this race is that they are scared out of their minds that the money they’ve already sunk into Pat Meehan’s faltering campaign is going to be lost,” said Kevin McTigue, Bryan Lentz’s campaign manager. “But Bryan Lentz has shown that the only investment that will pay dividends in this race is taking time out to speak with voters about his common-sense plans to create good-paying jobs and move the nation’s economy forward.”
Lentz has been holding a series of town halls on jobs and the economy throughout the District for months, opening the meetings to anybody to attend. That has occurred at the same time that his opponent has refused to hold events open to the public, and backed out of events, like a recent debate the League of Women Voters and a candidate’s night at a Senior Center in Upper Merion, where he would have had to answer difficult questions.