FACT CHECK: Congressman Perriello’s Desperate, Negative Attack Ad Backfires, Reminds Voters Of The Thousands Perriello Has Taken From Lobbyists

Monday, September 6, 2010

CHATHAM, VA – The Robert Hurt for U.S. Congress campaign today responded to Congressman Perriello’s most recent negative attack ad. The below is a quote from Hurt Campaign spokesman, Amanda Henneberg:

“Congressman Perriello has launched a negative attack ad that will only serve as a reminder to 5th District voters of the thousands of dollars he has taken from special interest groups, big labor bosses, and Nancy Pelosi’s leadership team that lobby for his vote in return for their donations.

“These groups have cashed in on their contributions when they secured Congressman Perriello’s support for the job-killing card check bill, government takeover of health care, and Cap and Trade.

“Congressman Perriello’s broken campaign promise of taking thousands of dollars in donations directly from registered lobbyists, only to allegedly refund them once he was caught red handed, is just another reminder of the duplicitous nature of this ad.

“As his votes in favor of big spending, big government policies prove, no one will fight harder for Nancy Pelosi than Congressman Perriello, and certainly this charade of an ad won’t cover up that fact.”

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

AD MYTH: “Senator Hurt has helped us raise your electric rates again and again.”

FACT: Congressman Perriello Is The Only Candidate In This Race Who Took A Vote That Would Directly Raise Virginians Electricity Costs. Due To Congressman Perriello’s Vote In Favor Of Cap And Trade: Virginia Could Lose As Many As 56,400 Jobs Due To Cap-And-Trade And It Could Cost Families Up To $1,096 A Year. (Press Release, “Economic Impact On The State From The Waxman-Markey Bill, H.R. 2454 Proposed Legislation To Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions – Virginia,” National Association Of Manufacturers, 2009)

FACT: APCo’s Rate Increase Was Based On A Law That Predates Robert Hurt’s Vote On The 2007 Bill, And Hurt’s Votes Actually Helped To Lower Electric Rates For Virginians. “[Attorney General] Cuccinelli backed up Hurt’s statements, saying that the 2007 law was not the cause or a factor in APCo’s rate increase. Cuccinelli said that there will be no more interim rate increases by power companies because the General Assembly has passed legislation to prohibit them.” (Franklin News-Post, “Cuccinelli: Cap & Trade will drastically affect electric rates, jobs,” 9/3/10)

AD MYTH: “But this Perriello guy doesn’t take lobbyist dollars.”

FACT: Congressman Perriello Has Received Campaign Contributions From Lobbyists, Breaking His Previous Campaign Promise. “…[there are] at least four instances in which Perriello’s re-election campaign received contributions from federally registered lobbyists.” (Daily Progress, “Perriello returns funds to lobbyists after critics cry foul,” 3/27/10)

FACT: Congressman Perriello Has Received Hundreds Of Thousands Of Dollars From Special Interests, Big Labor Bosses And The Nancy Pelosi Democrat Leadership Team That Lobbies For His Votes In Return. Congressman Perriello has received $499,253 in PAC contributions including donations from Nancy Pelosi. He has received $14,244 from Party Committees. And he has received $366,461 from big labor bosses. (www.fec.gov)

AD MYTH: “He [Perriello] keeps voting for the people, instead of the powerful.”

FACT: Congressman Perriello Has Voted With Nancy Pelosi Over 90% Of The Time. (http://projects.washingtonpost.com/congress/111/house/party-voters/)

AD MYTH: “No one will work harder for you.”

FACT: No One Works Harder Against The People Of The 5th District: Congressman Perriello Works Hard For Nancy Pelosi. Congressman Perriello Has Voted With Nancy Pelosi Over 90% Of The Time. (http://projects.washingtonpost.com/congress/111/house/party-voters/)

FACT: No One Works Harder Against The People Of The 5th District: Congressman Perriello’s Vote In Favor Of The Trillion Dollar Stimulus Has Increased Government Spending While Failing To Create Jobs.

· Virginia Has Lost 40,400 Jobs Since The Stimulus Was Passed And The Unemployment Rate Has Risen From 6.1 To 7.1 Percent (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, http://www.bls.gov/, Accessed 8/20/10)

· Unemployment In The 5th District Has Gone As High As Over 20 Percent Since The Stimulus Was Passed. (Martinsville Bulletin, “Jobless rates up,” 7/29/10)

· Unemployment Continues To Rise And More Jobs Continue To Be Lost In The 5th District: Daily Progress, “More local jobs vanish,” and the Register and Bee, “Danville area unemployment rises.”

FACT: No One Works Harder Against The People Of The 5th District: Congressman Perriello’s Vote In Favor Of The Government Take Over Of Health Care Is Killing Jobs In Virginia. Virginia Small Business Owner Says Health Care Bill “Detrimental To The Incentive To Grow And Provide Jobs For People.” (Cathy Jett, “Reform Getting Mixed Reviews,” The Free Lance Star, 4/3/10)

FACT: No One Works Harder Against The People Of The 5th District: Congressman Perriello’s Vote In Favor Of Cap And Trade Could Kill Jobs And Raise Electricity Costs. Virginia Could Lose As Many As 56,400 Jobs Due To Cap-And-Trade And It Could Cost Families Up To $1,096 A Year. (Press Release, “Economic Impact On The State From The Waxman-Markey Bill, H.R. 2454 Proposed Legislation To Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions – Virginia,” National Association Of Manufacturers, 2009)

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