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Democrats launch TV ad targeting Boehner’s ties to lobbyists

The new ad
hits Boehner (R-Ohio) on his ties to business, and follows a story
published by The New York Times
on Sunday about the Republican
leader’s relationship with lobbyists and business groups. 



The
Democratic National Committee’s ad accuses Boehner, who would be the House
Speaker if Republicans win back the majority this fall, of being “a
Speaker for big-time lobbyists.” The spot is titled “Boehner
Land.” 

Democrats
from President Obama down have worked hard over the past week to elevate
Boehner as the face of the Republican party in the hope that this will rally
their base to the polls. Surveys suggest Democrats could face a wave election
that would knock out their majorities in the House and possibly the
Senate. 

The new TV
spot will rotate with the other ad, “You’re
Welcome,”
 targeting Boehner on jobs and the economy,
in a rotation of ads on national cable beginning Tuesday and running roughly
for a week. 

Boehner’s
staff has hit back at the Times story, describing it as a hatchet job. The
story focused on regular meetings Boehner has held with lobbyists and political
donations he has received from interest groups, including the tobacco
industry. 

“Boehner
Land” frames Boehner — the object of Obama and Democrats’ midterm election
attacks — as being cozy with lobbyists and having aggressively solicited
campaign funds.

“Out-of-touch
and flailing, Washington Democrats are desperate to change the topic, but the
American people won’t forget their job-killing record,” said Boehner
spokesman Michael Steel about the ad. “The premise of this ad is just
silly.”

DNC
Communications Director Brad Woodhouse sought to cast Boehner as more cozy with
lobbyists than onetime House GOP Whip Tom DeLay (R-Texas), whose “K Street
Project” allegedly emphasized donations in order to gain access to Republican
leaders when the party was last in control of the House. 




‘Boehner Land’ is the K Street Project on steroids — a land where the only
voices that matter are corporate lobbyists who write big campaign checks while
writing legislation to their liking,” Woodhouse wrote. “Boehner is
already promising to their bidding — repeal health reform, repeal Wall Street
reform and coddle BP and big oil.”

Here’s the ad: 

—Updated 10:07 a.m.

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