The $26 billion state-aid bill was a big issue for AFSCME (less commonly known in full as the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees); along with its $10 billion in education funding that will prevent teacher layoffs, supporters of the bill note that money for states will save the jobs of police officers, firefighters, and other government employees.
The bill passed the House on Tuesday, and, as a thank-you measure, AFSCME is launching a $2.5 million mobilization/advertising campaign during August recess, supporting House Democrats (and one Senate candidate) who voted for it and are involved in tough races.
Radio ads will air in the districts of Betsey Markey (CO), Suzanne Kosmas (FL), Leonard Boswell (IA), Baron Hill (IN), Mark Schauer (MI), Carol Shea-Porter (NH), Dina Titus (NV), Steve Driehaus (OH), Mary Jo Kilroy (OH), John Boccieri (OH), Kathy Dahlkemper (PA), Don Perriello (VA), Bill Owens (NY), Martin Heinrich (NM), Allen Boyd (FL), and Frank Kratovil (MD), plus Paul Hodes (NH), who is running for Senate.
Here's the Driehaus ad (in the other districts, only the names are diffferent). Of the $2.5 million campaign, the radio ads will involve a "hefty six-figure" media purchase, according to an AFSCME official.
Some Democrats have hoped to make the state-aid vote a campaign issue this August; AFSCME is helping them do so.