Democrats’ House Majority PAC readies first ad

April 20, 2011

Washington (CNN) – One of the Democrats’ brand-new independent-expenditure groups is going on the offensive – already.

House Majority PAC, a third-party group dedicated to winning Democratic control of the House of Representatives, will begin airing radio ads on Thursday as part of a six-figure campaign, sources familiar with the effort said. The ads target 10 House Republicans who voted for Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget. It accuses them of trying to gut Medicare while giving a tax break to the wealthy.

With the sound of pigs snorting in the background, the ad claims each of the nine supports a budget “that’s going to have the wealthiest Americans lining up at the trough” and “leaves the wealthy fat and happy” while putting “the squeeze” on regular families.

The narrator says the nine tried to “end Medicare as we know it – that’s right, end Medicare as we know it” and insists families “should all be squealing” about the representatives’ votes.

The ad targets Republican Reps. Paul Gosar of Arizona, Rick Crawford of Arkansas, Allen West of Florida, Chip Cravaack of Minnesota, Charlie Bass of New Hampshire, Ann Marie Buerkle of New York, Joe Heck of Nevada, Francisco Canesco of Texas, Blake Farenthold of Texas and Sean Duffy of Wisconsin.

In a statement, Alixandria Lapp, executive director of House Majority PAC said, “We will hold House Republicans accountable for their backwards priorities.”

The group says it will also be releasing the ad in Spanish. According to House Majority PAC, its donors are reported to the Federal Elections Commission and can “give unlimited amounts to advocate for or against candidates for federal office.”

House Majority PAC is one of four new Democratic independent-expenditure groups formed in the last month. During the 2008 and 2010 elections President Barack Obama and other Democrats derided corporate-backed third-party groups that advertised in support of Republican candidates and priorities, saying they were drowning out real people’s voices.

Republicans say their outside groups are essential to counter the influence of Democratic aligned labor unions. For their part, Democrats insist they had to form rival independent-expenditure organizations to match the influence of the new Republican groups.

The bottom line: both sides will be spending plenty of money on more ads like in the coming months.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced an advertising campaign against 25 Republican lawmakers Tuesday.