Hagan campaign says she opposes carbon tax

Sen. Kay HaganKay Ruthven Hagan2020 Dems compete for top campaign operatives Senate GOP rejects Trump’s call to go big on gun legislation Politics is purple in North Carolina MORE’s campaign said the North Carolina Democrat doesn’t support a carbon tax, despite a new advertising push that suggests she does.

“She opposes it (as evidenced by the act she voted against it),” Sadie Weiner, a spokeswoman for Hagan’s 2014 reelection effort, told The Hill in an email.

The statement comes after conservative energy group American Energy Alliance (AEA) began running radio ads across North Carolina slamming Hagan on the carbon tax issue.

In her response to The Hill, Weiner was referring to Hagan’s March vote against Sen. Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehouseOvernight Energy: Pruitt gets Senate grilling | Dems want investigation into Pruitt's security chief | Interior officers arrested 13 in border surge | Advisers pan science 'transparency' plan Dems claim Pruitt's former security chief intervened to hire business associate Pruitt: ‘I don’t recall’ asking security agents to use sirens MORE’s (D-R.I.) amendment to the nonbinding Senate Democrat budget proposal.

That amendment, which failed 41-58, called for returning revenues from any fee on carbon pollution to the American public, such as through deficit reduction or lower tax rates.

The vote was largely symbolic, as the underlying bill was nonbinding. The Whitehouse amendment also didn’t exactly address the concept of carbon tax directly.

"Unlike the special interest outsiders trying to distort her record, Senator Hagan is standing up for North Carolina families and our state's jobs each and every day,” Weiner said, calling the AEA ad, “misleading.”

The AEA, however, is focusing on a vote Hagan cast on a different amendment to the Senate Democrat budget plan.

She voted against a measure from Sen. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntGOP, Dem lawmakers come together for McCain documentary The Hill's 12:30 Report The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (R-Mo.) that called for blocking a carbon tax. That amendment garnered 53 supporters, but needed 60 to pass.