More than a dozen Republican lawmakers are now being targeted in a national ad campaign that uses debunked claims about tax reform.
According to a new report from The Washington Free Beacon on Monday, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) has teamed up with Save My Care to target 14 House Republicans, claiming the new tax bill is “raising taxes on millions of middle-class families.”
Senate Democrats were given “Four Pinocchios” by The Washington Post in early November for pushing a similar narrative from the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee, which claimed that “the average tax increase on families nationwide earning up to $86,100 would be $794, a significant burden for middle-class families.”
On top of a national ad buy and a digital video ad push on social media, the DCCC also bought dozens of URLs in their efforts to obstruct Republicans from using them to relay a message on tax reform, according to Politics PA.
One of those URLs being used is TaxCutsAndJobsAct.com. The website accuses House Republicans of passing a “tax scam.”
Another ad blames congressmen for voting for a tax that “takes money out of the pocket of middle-class families.” It goes on to accuse Republican lawmakers of wanting to “sneak health care reform in, too”.
Another claim, also debunked by the Post, says they want to take health care away from 13 million people.
“Nancy Pelosi and Washington Democrats are dusting off the old playbook by repeating debunked lies and hoping someone believes them,” NRCC spokesman Chris Martin observed.
Senator Tom Cotton (R., Ark.) has called for a repeal of the individual Obamacare mandate as part of the tax reform.
“It doesn’t cut a single dime out of Medicaid, it doesn’t cut a single dime out of insurance substitutes for people on the exchanges, and it doesn’t change a single regulation of Obamacare,” Cotton said on Sunday. “All it says is the IRS cannot fine you for being unable to afford the insurance that Obamacare made unaffordable in the first place.”
Still, DCCC spokesman Evan Lukaske said in a statement to Politics PA: “The Republican Tax Scam is nothing more than huge tax cuts for the rich and big corporations, paid for by tax increases on millions of middle-class families.”
A spokeswoman for Rep. Ryan Costello (R., Pa.) was not surprised by “Nancy Pelosi’s special-interest friends defending her support for tax increase.”
“It’s not surprising that Greedy Chrissy Houlahan has Nancy Pelosi’s special interest friends defending her support for tax increases,” commented Andrea Bozek. “No one takes Chrissy Houlahan seriously on tax reform, after all, she has a history of feeding workers pig slop and paying workers just 35 cents an hour. Ryan is working to bring tax relief to hardworking families in Southeastern Pennsylvania.”
Watch the DCCC ad below:
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