Today's edition of the Hotline reports that an organization named Americans for Job Security is running television ads touting Rick Santorum in every Pennsylvania media market except Philadelphia. The organization has reportedly spent about $450 thousand on its ad buy.
So what is Americans for Job Security and why do they like Rick so much? Here's how OpenSecrets.org describes the group: "A pro-Republican, pro-business organization, Virginia-based AJS was established to directly counter labor's influence." And here's a recent description from the Texas Observer:
Meanwhile Nelson had co-founded the GOP media shop Dawson McCarthy Nelson Media (DMNM) in 2001. Among the clients claimed on DMNM’s website is Americans for Job Security (AJS), a shadowy Virginia-based group that the American Insurance Association helped launch in 1997 by supplying $1 million in seed money. AJS takes out attack ads against liberal and moderate candidates nationwide without disclosing its political contributions or expenditures. This track record of spending large quantities of undisclosed funds on attack ads has fostered the perception that AJS is a for-hire corporate attack dog. Last year Austin-based Campaigns for People filed a complaint with Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle, urging him to investigate if AJS violated Texas’ prohibition on corporate electioneering. At issue were 2003 attack ads that AJS unleashed to help defeat moderate Tommy Merritt in the Republican primary for a vacated senate seat in 2003 (“Meet the Attack Dogs,” March 12, 2004).
A shadowy, anti-labor, Virginia-based group funded by the insurance industry? Of course they like Rick, they have a lot in common with him.
We'll try to post the video of the ad as soon as we can get a hold of it. Stay tuned.
By god! A pro-republican group supports Rick! What an outrage! Why il bet the Democrats would never accept donations from pro liberal agencies! Im absolutely disgusted! Seriously, attacking Senator Santorum because of something like this is not even durogatory, its simply skimming for insults, and your searching the very bottom of the barrel.
Ok, for one, im a law student studing for criminal law, so his being pro-corporate for me is irrelevant. Second, it cant be that absurd, because hes been reelected twice against fairly unfavorable odds. And as far as ''they'' not giving a rats ass about your job, do you really think the Democrats do? Welcome to the wonderful world of politics, where you arent a person, your a statistic, regardless of the party you vote for. Oh, and your calling me a fuck, very articulate, it greatly raised the level of this discussion.
I KNOW Rick Santorum will do whatever it takes to keep his Senaaate seat in PA. I suuport the DSCC and their work to defeat Santorum.
When he's oput of the Senate, you can be sure he'll be a lobbyist. No baaackbone whatsoever!