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Conservative group moves to defend Young and other Florida reps. who voted to change Medicare



A conservative group that calls itself an alternative to AARP said it will spend $800,000 on radio ads and direct mail thanking Republican members of Congress who voted for a budget that dramatically alters Medicare. Ads are scheduled to run in several Florida districts, including the 8th held by C.W. Bill Young. Listen to the ad for Young here.

"The House passed a budget that protects and preserves Medicare for years to come," states the ad, scheduled to begin today. "And our Congressman, Bill Young, voted to protect Medicare and keep it secure for future retirees."

The move comes after Democrats this week said they would launch attack ads against many of the same lawmakers for their votes. But Democrats barely spent any money on the effort, only a few hundred in each district.  A TV ad Democrats produced was highly misleading and drew a Pants on Fire rating from Politifact.

By contrast, the 60 Plus Association provided ad buy information that showed it would spend $4,200 to run the ad in Young's district from today through to May 2. The group said it would spend $51,000 to put the ad on 4 or 5 radio stations in the district of South Florida Rep. Allen West.

60 Plus Association said ads will run in the following districts:

Arkansas's 1st and 2nd Congressional Districts
Arizona's 1st Congressional District
California's 3rd Congressional District
Colorado's 3rd Congressional District
Florida's 8th, 10th, 13th, 16th, and 22nd Congressional Districts
Iowa's 5th Congressional District
Illinois's 8th, 10th, 11th, 14th, and 17th Congressional Districts
Indiana's 8th Congressional District
Michigan's 1st, 6th and 7th Congressional Districts
Minnesota's 8th Congressional District
North Carolina's 2nd Congressional District
New Hampshire's 2nd Congressional District
New Jersey's 3rd Congressional District
New York's 20th, 24th, and 25th Congressional Districts
Ohio's 1st and 6th Congressional Districts
Pennsylvania's 7th, 8th, and 11th Congressional Districts
South Dakota's At-Large Congressional District
Texas's 23rd and 27th Congressional Districts
Washington's 3rd Congressional District
Wisconsin's 1st, 7th, and 8th Congressional Districts

[Last modified: Thursday, April 21, 2011 11:06am]


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