Our Country Deserves Better Committee, a conservative political action committee that's also the parent organization of the Tea Party Express, has released a one minute spot this weekend running the ad in Nevada. The spot is entitled titled "Barack Obama's Legacy of Failure."
Joe Wierzbecki, the executive director of the organization, told CNN that air time was being purchased in ad time being purchased in Michigan and Wisconsin, two states where the group has been running ads in support of their union-busting governors. Wierzbecki says his plan is to eventually also run the commercial in Colorado, Missouri and Ohio. The group is currently fundraising to pay for the ad buy.
According to Sourcewatch, officers of the Our Country Deserves Better PAC overlap extensively with current and former leaders of the pro-war organization Move America Forward (MAF) based in California. These include MAF co-founder and former chair Howard Kaloogian, who chairs the PAC; PR executive Sal Russo, who serves as chief strategist for both MAF and the PAC; Russo Marsh & Rogers principal Joe Wierzbicki, who serves as grassroots coordinator for MAF and coordinates the PAC; and Marine mom Deborah Johns, who is MAF's director of military relations and the PAC's spokesperson.
The group was formed in 2008 as Obama's candidacy gained steam. Our Country Deserves Better PAC launched the Tea Party Express national bus tour on August 28th, 2009 to rally "Americans to oppose the out-of-control spending, higher taxes, bailouts, and growth in the size and power of government."
In 2009, the group ran an ad comparing President Obama to Hitler and Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad while indulging in just about every right wing conspiracy that there is. Right Wing Watch has more on the group and its activities.
The above video is the unruly reception from the conservative tea party set that Congressman Lloyd Doggett of Austin, Texas received at a town hall meeting held at a Randall's supermarket yesterday. The story in the Austin American-Statesman:
Back in Central Texas while Congress is on a month-long recess, Congressman Lloyd Doggett faced an angry reception at a town hall meeting at an Austin Randalls store yesterday.
Doggett, D-Austin, spoke at the Randalls at Brodie and Slaughter lanes on Saturday. A video of the event on YouTube shows many in the crowd showed up with signs denouncing President Obama's proposed health care plan.
Witnesses say that when Doggett was asked if he would support the plan even if he found his constituents opposed it, Doggett said he would still support the plan. From there, the crowd began chanting "Just Say No," and overwhelmed the congressman as he moved through the crowd and into the parking lot.
"The folks there thought their voices weren't being heard," said Kathy Acosta, a Bastrop resident who attended the meeting at Randalls and another one later that day in her hometown. "They were angry, but they were respectful. There wasn't any violence."
No violence? Well, isn't that a relief? Conservatives sure do have an odd definition of what constitutes respectful behaviour. Nor is the above an isolated incident. In a town hall held back in June in his Long Island district, Politico reported that right-wing protesters surrounded Congressman Tim Bishop, Democrat of New York exhibiting such foul-mouth, abusive and threatening behaviour that police officers had to escort the beleaguered Congressman to his car for safety.
Americans For Prosperity (AFP) has released this 30 second spot claiming that global warming and green energy is a hoax. The spot quotes John Coleman, founder of the Weather Channel. Mr. Coleman, who is no longer associated with the Weather Channel, launched a crusade last year to expose "the fraud of global warming." AFP self-promotes as being "committed to educating citizens about economic policy and mobilizing those citizens as advocates in the public policy process." It purports to be an grassroots organization that "engage citizens in the name of limited government and free markets on the local, state and federal levels."
According to SourceWatch, AFP was established "in late 2003 as a successor to Citizens for a Sound Economy Foundation following an internal rift between Citizens for a Sound Economy and its affiliated foundation." AFP was also formally affiliated with the Independent Women's Forum which was founded by Rosalie Gaull (Ricky) Silberman in 1992 as a vehicle to attack Hillary Rodham Clinton and other "secular feminists."