WASHINGTON - October 31 - The Campaign for America's Future released a print ad today outlining how Rep. Charles Taylor (R-N.C.) took contributions from corporate interests and then voted to protect those special interests at the cost of working families. The ad is part of a wide-ranging public education campaign launched last week with a six-figure media price tag. The campaign, which features print ads, direct mailings, websites and pre-recorded phone messages, also focuses on Reps. Don Sherwood (R-Pa.), Curt Weldon (R-Pa.), Rob Simmons (R-Conn.), Heather Wilson (R-N.M.), Deborah Pryce (R-Ohio) and Sen. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio).
The campaign centers on how these members took campaign contributions and free TV spots from the pharmaceutical and insurance industries and then voted for the costly and confusing Medicare Part D prescription drug plan. While the Veterans Administration negotiates for lower drug prices, legislation creating Part D expressly prohibits the government from negotiating lower drug prices for seniors and the disabled. Part D also includes a large gap in coverage, known as the "donut hole," for individuals who have more than $2,250 in drug costs each year.
"These members of Congress supported legislation giving handouts to big campaign contributors at the expense of everyday Americans," said Campaign for America's Future co-director Roger Hickey. "The campaign we're running highlights how these lawmakers stuck seniors with higher prescription drug prices while collecting large campaign contributions from the insurance and pharmaceutical companies who benefited from their legislation."
The Campaign for America's Future launched the first wave of ads, direct mailings, recorded telephone messages and websites last week, taking aim at Rep. Deborah Pryce (R-Ohio) and Sen. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio). The print and online ads describe the members of Congress as voting "to protect drug companies instead of seniors."
The Campaign for America's Future has also set up websites to display each representative's record. For example, at http://www.ourfuture.org/taylor citizens can learn how Rep. Taylor voted on key legislation and the special interest contributions that may have influenced these votes.