CNNHarry Reid push called 'un-American' in new ad
March 31st, 2014 09:26 AM ET
Posted by CNN National Political Reporter Peter Hamby
Washington (CNN) - American Encore, a new conservative group created by outside money specialist Sean Noble, is airing a television ad in Nevada attacking Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for proposing IRS regulations that would reign in outside political groups.
The minute-long spot features a clip of Reid on the Senate floor blasting the billionaire business titans Charles and David Koch, who have steered hundreds of millions of dollars to conservative causes in recent election cycles without disclosing their donors, "as un-American as anyone that I can imagine."
"Sen. Reid, attempting to kill free speech because you disagree with what's said, that's unfair and that un-American," the ad's narrator says. "Tell Harry Reid, stop attacking free speech."
American Encore is spending $30,000 to air the commercial for a week on Las Vegas cable, beginning Monday. It's accompanied by a digital ad buy.
The group, a 501(c)4 organization that launched earlier this month, plans to spend $10 million this midterm cycle against Democrats who have been critical of outside campaign spending.
Noble, the organization's founder, formerly headed the Center to Protect Patient Rights, a Koch-affiliated group that funneled almost $200 million in undisclosed contributions to conservative entities like Americans for Prosperity and the National Rifle Association between 2009 and 2012, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
American Encore has already aired a TV ad in Minnesota that attacked Democratic Sen. Al Franken, who is up for re-election this year. Reid is not on the ballot again until 2016.
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