DCCC launches Facebook ads on Social Security

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The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) is going up with a series of Facebook ads hitting Republicans for wanting to privatize social security.

The ads will target three former members who are running again – former Reps. Steve Chabot (R-Ohio), Tim Walberg (R-Mich.) and Steve Pearce (R-N.M.) – and features pictures of the members while asking users to sign “a petition to save Social Security.”

Those ads are targeted to the former members’ districts, but the DCCC is also running a pair of national ads featuring a picture of Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) and a social security card.

“We are making clear to the American people that if House Republicans and their challengers gain control of Congress in November's election, their radical plans to turn back the clock to President Bush and privatizing social security will be put into action,” DCCC spokesman Ryan Rudominer said.

The ads are the first round of a campaign, which aims to get the members on the record about their support for privatization. The DCCC hopes to push them to the right before they face primary voters and then use their comments in the general election.

It has been raising money for the effort, including through an e-mail sent by James Carville. A source said the committee has raised $150,000 for the campaign, which includes the ads, tracking opponents and rapid response.