Wires Uncrossed At Americans For Prosperity

June 20, 2013 9:30 am

by Mike Hassinger · 3 comments

Public pressure to vote against the Farm Bill is not just for Congressman Phil Gingrey, it’s also for Congressman Jack Kingston, according to Americans for Prosperity. In fact, AFP sent a press release “…to media in Rep Kingston’s district, specifically. All of GA House representatives are being pressured to oppose the Farm Bill in activist alerts that have gone out to our statewide membership network with a link to our Action Center Farm bill action alert…” Here’s a link to the Action Center if you want to pressure your own Congressman.

This clarifies the impression that AFP was only targeting Phil Gingrey, who is a “no” vote on the bill, according to Daniel Malloy at the Political Insider. “According to a spokeswoman he’s opposed to the overdue bill to authorize farm and nutrition programs for five years. Kingston is still reviewing the bill and its amendments, a spokesman said.”

Glad to see that AFP is pressuring everybody to vote “no” on that horrible train wreck of a bill, which will probably be considered next week after they get through voting on a whole bunch of amendments to it, which you can see here.

Full release below the fold.

NEWS RELEASE

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 18, 2013
CONTACT: Joel Aaron at [email protected] or (678) 910-3101

                              

AFP Launching Major Effort Opposing Farm Bill in GA
Emails, phone calls, web videos targeting Jack Kingston’s (GA-1) district.

ATLANTA — Americans for Prosperity, the nation’s largest and most effective advocate for economic freedom, today announced the launch of a significant effort that combines grassroots advocacy with paid ads calling on Republican and Democratic House members to oppose the Farm Bill.

The latest effort will include email, social media, phone calls, and two web videos that target a bipartisan list of representatives in 15 House districts, including Representative Jack Kingston.

“The 2013 Farm Bill has become little more than a vehicle for massive welfare spending and taxpayer-funded corporate cronyism,” AFP President Tim Phillips. “Americans deserve better than this kind of government overspending and waste, and we’re going to make sure their voices are heard in Washington.”

AFP-Georgia State Director Virginia Galloway said, “Spending on the food stamp program has skyrocketed over the last decade, but instead of having a real debate over how to get our social safety net under control, Congress is determined to slap the name Farm Bill on this legislation and call it aid to small farmers. We will never reform federal spending until we can have an honest debate. It’s time to talk about how to keep the food stamp program sustainable and debate it separately from farm subsidies, most of which good to large corporate farms.”

AFP’s newest campaign includes two web videos: Table the Farm Bill shows that Farm Bill subsidies largely go to wealthy individuals or well-connected corporations, rather than small farmers, while Food Stamps demonstrates that 80 percent of Farm Bill spending goes to food stamps, rather than farms of any kind.

In addition to the ads, AFP will be empowering activists across the country to engage their representatives through email, phone calls, and social media, calling on lawmakers to oppose the inefficient and ineffective Farm Bill. AFP has also issued a key vote alert opposing the bill, including it on the organization’s scorecard that ranks members of Congress.

For further information or an interview, please contact Joel Aaron at [email protected] or (678) 910-3101.

Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is a nationwide organization of citizen-leaders committed to advancing every individual’s right to economic freedom and opportunity. AFP believes reducing the size and intrusiveness of government is the best way to promote individual productivity and prosperity for all Americans.  For more information, visit www.americansforprosperity.org

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Stefan June 20, 2013 at 11:26 am

Well then that’s dumb in an entirely different way. That’s a PRESS release. Doing it by Congressional District makes little sense except for media outlets whose range is entirely within one CD, which isn’t many. Did they send that to WSB? Who did they name? John Lewis, David Scott, Austin Scott, Graves, Woodall, Price, Gingrey etc? If they were sending a direct mail piece then yeah, put in the congressman for that address, but otherwise they should just add “and we will directly target individual Congressmen.” Which is essentially what they wrote before adding the name of a random Congressman.

gcp June 20, 2013 at 11:34 am

I am disappointed that only ten minutes allotted for discussion of this important amendment:

#167 Directs the Secretary of the Department of Agriculture to
conduct an economic analysis of the existing market for
US Atlantic Spiny Dogfish.
(10 minutes)

Ellynn June 20, 2013 at 2:44 pm

And the bill was defeated…

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