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Another outside group on Florida TV targeting Bill Nelson for health care vote



A new "issue advocacy" group is running an ad against U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson for supporting the health care law. Seen this morning on CBS in Tampa, it's the latest example of outside spending that threatens Nelson's fundraising advantage over his chief rival, U.S. Rep. Connie Mack.

The American Commitment repeats the claim that Nelson was the "deciding vote," which PolitiFact found Mostly False. And it reprises an often-used $500 billion "cut" from Medicare attack. There are no cuts; rather the law slows Medicare spending, which is something Republicans want. Plus it says the costs of the law have "doubled" from what was promised. That, too, is false.

American Commitment was started by Phil Kerpen, an alum of Americans for Prosperity, Free Enterprise Fund, the Club for Growth, and the Cato Institute.

"We are dedicated to restoring and protecting the American Commitment to free markets, economic growth, Constitutionally-limited government, property rights, and individual freedom," the group says. It is organized as a 501(c)(4) nonprofit, meaning it can collect contributions of any size and does not have to disclose donors.

[Last modified: Tuesday, July 10, 2012 11:06am]


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