Nov 14, 2017

Conservative group to Midwest Dems: vote with us on taxes

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American Action Network, a center-right issue advocacy organization focused on tax reform, is launching a six-figure ad campaign urging 7 Democratic lawmakers to choose the GOP tax cuts plan instead of voting with Minority House Leader Nancy Pelosi.

Why it matters: This ad campaign targets Democratic members to vote for tax reform, instead of challenging their voting record on tax cuts. American Action Network's last major tax ad campaign targeted 42 Republicans.

The 7 Democratic House members include: Dave Loebsack (IA), Cheri Bustos (IL), Tim Walz, Collin Peterson and Rick Nolan of Minnesota, Matt Cartwright (PA), and Ron Kind (WI).

This ad builds on the group's $20 million Middle Class Growth Initiative campaign, spread across more than 50 congressional districts nationwide via advertising on television, radio, direct mail, and mobile billboards. Watch the ad.

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President Trump is calling on the Energy Department to find more places to store oil, in the wake of rock-bottom prices and an ensuing economic collapse of the sector itself.

Driving the news: Trump’s comments came Friday during a televised portion of a meeting he hosted with industry CEOs to discuss ways to help the sector. It’s reeling from a historic drop-off in demand with the world shutting down to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

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America's small business bailout is off to a bad start

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Websites have crashed, phones are jammed and confusion reigns as businesses rushed at today's kickoff to get their chunk of the $350 billion Paycheck Protection Program.

Why it matters: This is a race to save jobs in the present and the future, and to ensure that as many workers as possible keep their benefits and paychecks during the coronavirus lockdown.