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Billionaire brothers take aim at Merkley

Modified: Sunday, Aug 10th, 2014




A big-budget advertising campaign attacking the voting record of Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) hit the airwaves this week claiming his votes on government spending are linked to the financial struggles of Oregonians.

The 30-second spot, dubbed “Congress is out of touch with Oregon families,” can be viewed on television and the World Wide Web.

“These days our families are working hard. Doing more with less. We don’t have a choice,” says a soft-spoken female narrator in a voiceover. “But Congress. They’re different. They run out of money, they borrow more.

“Sen. Merkley voted six times to raise the debt limit against balancing our budget, wasting even more of our money. Tell Sen. Merkley: ‘Put Oregon families first.’ Stop Washington’s wasteful spending.”

As the narrator makes her way through the script, messages such as “Borrowed $11 Trillion Since 2002” and “Household Net Worth Down 36 percent” are displayed over the backdrop of a video footage.

The footage includes a woman, who appears to be agonizing over a financial dilemma, and, of course Merkley in a somewhat unflattering portrayal.



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