Group makes big ad buy in third district

August 15, 2014 by Whitney Burdette

A group “dedicated to holding Washington’s feet to the fire on the practical issues” has made a substantial ad buy in West Virginia’s third congressional district.
Grassroots GPS announced a $335,000 ad buy in the Charleston, Beckley/Bluefield and Roanoke markets. The ad, titled “Coal” takes Democratic Rep. Nick Rahall to task for his support of President Barack Obama and the “war on coal.”
The ad makes note of the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed carbon emissions rule that Republicans and Democrats alike decry as harmful to West Virginia’s economy.
“Congressman Nick Rahall endorsed Obama and voted for a carbon tax that could devastate West Virginia jobs, drive up our energy bills and cripple our coal industry,” the ad states.
In 2013, Rahall voted for the Progressive Caucus Budget, which did include a $25 per ton tax on carbon dioxide. That measure failed in the House by a 84-327 vote.
The ad makes reference to HR 4850, a bill that would amend the Clean Air Act to prohibit the regulation of carbon dioxide emissions, and urges voters to contact Rahall’s office and ask him to support the bill. However, Rahall is listed as a cosponsor on a similar bill, HR 4808, along with Reps. David McKinley and Shelley Moore Capito. Rahall is the only Democratic cosponsor of that bill, introduced in June. HR 4850 was introduced a few days later and has one cosponsor.
“€œI am proud to wake up every day and fight with all of my heart for West Virginia’s coal miners, coal jobs and our very way of life– and these shady out-of-state billionaires must be from outer space if they think they can tell us West Virginians one thing about the values that make our state great,” Rahall said. “The truth is these are Evan Jenkins’ puppet masters at it again, and they’re willing to say and do anything to prop him up because they know Jenkins will push their agenda in Washington instead of looking out for West Virginia.”
The Grassroots GPS ad will air on cable and broadcast through August 28. It does not endorse or mention Rahall’s Republican challenger, state Sen. Evan Jenkins.

Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate, announced two new endorsements in the November election.
The National Association of Women Business Owners and HuntPAC have come out in support of Capito.
“Congresswoman Capito’s record shows she understands the important role entrepreneurs play in our economy,” said Darla Beggs, national board chair of NAWBO. “We are proud to lend our endorsement to Congresswoman Capito and look forward to seeing her continue her efforts on behalf of small business owners in the U.S. Senate.”
HuntPAC is the bipartisan political action committee of the Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce. The committee endorsed Natalie Tennant, Capito’s Democratic challenger, for secretary of state in 2012.
Capito also is endorsed by the West Virginia Coal Association, which also endorsed Tennant in previous elections, the National Federation of Independent Businesses and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. She said the endorsements show she stands for small business.
“I am extremely grateful for the endorsements of these organizations, which share my commitment to growing and protecting jobs and small businesses,” Capito said. “Standing up for West Virginia starts with fighting President Obama’s job-killing policies and working to create an environment where our economy, our small businesses and our people can thrive.”
But Tennant’s campaign argues Capito has a record of working against small businesses, while Tennant as secretary of state has worked to help entrepreneurs by cutting fees and making it easier for them to file necessary paperwork on time.
“Congresswoman Capito has a proven record of padding the pockets of Wall Street bankers at small businesses’ expense,” said Tennant campaign spokeswoman Jenny Donohue. “In fact, while Natalie Tennant was cutting fees for West Virginia businesses, Congresswoman Capito was leading the charge to increase the fees businesses are forced to pay big credit card companies.”
Capito called for the delay of an amendment aimed to cap credit card swipe fees in 2011. Members of the Senate voted to amended Dodd-Frank legislation and cap the amount of swipe fees, or transaction fees, banks and credit card companies may charge retailers. Capito and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., introduced a bipartisan bill in the House to delay that legislation and call for a one-year study on how the changes would affect business.

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