WMUR Political Scoop: NH Conservative group launches TV ads against Shaheen
MANCHESTER, N.H. —A new television ad hitting the airwaves today suggests because of Democratic U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen's vote for the new federal health care law will mean that some families will make less money if employers scale back work hours to avoid having to provide health care.
The Manchester-based Citizens for Strong NH says it is are paying $110,000 for the ad to run on television. About a third of that money will pay for ads on WMUR-TV and the rest on cable stations.
Shaheen is up for re-election next year. The group has strong ties to one of Shaheen's potential opponents, former U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta.
The ad claims Shaheen was the "deciding vote" on the health care law by citing a procedural vote. The ad shows a family trying to find ways to cut back on spending, including not feeding their bulldog.
The law will require businesses with more than over 50 full-time employees to provide health care for their employees or minor penalty when viewed in the context of how much health care can cost.
Not surprisingly, Democrats don't believe the ad will be that effective.
"In 2012, Republicans and conservative outside groups spent hundreds of millions of dollars attacking Democrats over health care reform and it proved to be a failed strategy," said Justin Barasky, a spokesman for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. "These blatantly false attacks have already been discredited and rejected by New Hampshire voters. What matters most to voters is Senator Jeanne Shaheen’s strong record of fighting for New Hampshire’s middle class and small businesses. Republicans have been unable to recruit a serious challenger so now they’ve resorted to desperate, worn out attacks."
Organized as a 501(c)4, Citizens for a Strong NH is not required to disclosure its donors.