From NBC's Mark Murray
The 60 Plus Association, a conservative seniors group whose national spokesman is Pat Boone, is launching a $1.5 million ad campaign targeting 15 Democratic House members who voted for the health-care legislation that passed on Saturday.
The TV ad argues that the bill cuts Medicare by $400 million, raises taxes on small businesses, and raises insurance premiums.
The AFL-CIO, which supports the legislation, quickly responded to the ad with a fact-check. It contends that none of the Medicare savings and cuts comes from reducing seniors' benefits; that only the wealthiest of Americans will be taxed in the bill and that many small businesses are exempt from the mandate to insure workers; and that the bill would cut the deficit by $100 billion, according to the Congressional Budget Office.
Here are the eight Dem members the 60 Plus Association is targeting with TV ads: Snyder (AR), Donnelly (IN), Ellsworth (IN), Hill (IN), Pomeroy (ND), Titus (NV), Perriello (VA), and Connolly (VA).
Here are the seven Dem members it's targeting with radio ads: Berry (AR), Klein (FL), Michaud (ME), Etheridge (NC), Hodes (NH), Dahlkemper (PA), and Carney (PA).
*** UPDATE *** Greg Sargent's blog notes that the president of the firm who created the TV ad above is Larry McCarthy, who created the infamous Willie Horton ad in the '88 presidential election. The blog also notes the 60 Plus group backed George W. Bush's Social Security privatization plans.