VoteVets.org Pours $550,000 Into Indiana, Montana
PUBLISHED: October 05, 2012
In Indiana, new television ad takes Mourdock to task for saying he didn't pledge to support every job in Indiana;
In Montana, group starts up first ever veteran and military canvas of the state in support of Tester
Washington - VoteVets.org, the national veterans group representing over 220,000 supporters, is launching a television ad in Indiana, and starting a canvas of voters in Montana today, at a total cost of $550,000.
The ad in Indiana, running for a week at a cost of $300,000, features Sam Schultz, an Iraq and Afghanistan War Veteran from English, Ind., a former National Guardsman, who himself was unemployed when he returned from Afghanistan.
The ad can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NmwegIoWUoM
In the ad, Schultz says, "Before I went to Iraq and Afghanistan, I took a pledge to protect and defend our country. Richard Mourdock sees pledges differently. Mourdock said that he ‘didn't take a pledge to support every job in Indiana.' Mourdock sued to stop the Chrysler bailout. He would have killed thousands of jobs here. Jobs that returning veterans, like me, could use. I know what it's like to serve with people who have your back. And I can tell you, Richard Mourdock doesn't have ours."
Indeed, Mourdock did tell the Indianapolis Star, on October 19, 2010, that he "didn't take a pledge to support every job in Indiana." And, in 2009, he brought a suit up to the Indiana Supreme Court, aimed at stopping the bailout of Chrysler. At the time of his suit, according to the Bureau for Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate in Indiana was 10.5 percent. The Center for Automotive Research found that the auto bailout saved 1.45 million jobs.
And, for the first time in Montana, military veterans and military families are conducting their own canvas effort in the state, knocking on 44,000 voters' doors, and leaving literature that makes clear that Senator Jon Tester has the backs of Montana veterans, while his challenger, Congressman Denny Rehberg doesn't. VoteVets.org Action Fund, a national veterans organization, is conducting the effort, which will cost $250,000.
The literature that veterans are leaving with voters can be viewed here: http://votevets.org/tools/pages/files/MT-doorhanger.jpeg
As veterans meet with voters, they will be making a clear argument. As Senator, Jon Tester has fought for expansion and construction of veterans' centers around the state, written landmark legislation to help rural veterans receive better care, and secured funds for Malmstrom Air Force Base. Meanwhile, Congressman Rehberg voted twice against adding additional funds to the Congressional Budget for prosthetics research that could help veterans, voted against billions in additional funding for veterans care, and didn't vote to stop mandatory cuts to veterans - all while voting himself a pay raise five times.
Founded in 2006, and backed by over 220,000 members, the mission of VoteVets.org is to use public issue campaigns and direct outreach to lawmakers to ensure that troops abroad have what they need to complete their missions, and receive the care they deserve when they get home. VoteVets.org also recognizes veterans as a vital part of the fabric of our country and will work to protect veterans' interests in their day-to-day lives. VoteVets.org is committed to the destruction of terror networks around the world - with force when necessary - to protect America. While non-partisan, the group is the largest progressive organization of veterans in America.