Ad Watch: New pro-Rehberg attack ad “misleading at best”

Commercial financed with out-of-state money from Karl Rove’s special interest group

BILLINGS-Mont.—According to an independent Lee Newspapers Ad Watch published today, Karl Rove’s latest TV attack ad is “misleading” Montanans about farmer Jon Tester’s record of significant, responsible tax cuts for middle-class families and small businesses.

Rove’s commercial, funded by the secretive special interest organization Crossroads GPS, fails to point out that Congressman Dennis Rehberg voted to raise taxes for middle-class families ten times in order to protect tax cuts for fellow millionaires.

Just last week the Congressman voted for a plan that, according to the Los Angeles Times, “would raise taxes for millions of low-income households by ending tax breaks for families with children.” [H.R. 8, Vote #545, 8/1/12].

Today’s fact check highlights that in July, Farmer Jon Tester voted for a proposal that would extend all tax cuts for working families and “even for those wealthy households, they’d still get the extended tax cut on their income less than 250,000.”

The analysis also points out that Rove’s “ad fails to mention that Tester has voted for numerous bills cutting taxes by billions of dollars, including cutting the Social Security payroll tax in 2011 and 2012 and extending the Bush tax cuts through 2012.”

“It’s disturbing that Congressman Dennis Rehberg is relying on millions of dollars in out-of-state attack ads to deceive Montanans–all while Congressman Rehberg votes against middle class families and protects tax breaks for millionaires,” said Tester campaign spokeswoman Alexandra Fetissoff. “After 12 years in DC, Congressman Rehberg wrong priorities hurt Montana, but they’re just right for Karl Rove and his secretive special interests.”

Read the full “Ad Watch” analysis HERE.

HERE is a full fact-check of Rove’s new pro-Rehberg TV ad.