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Debbie Wasserman Schultz target of another payday loan ad

The hits keep coming for Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who will now face another TV ad campaign over her support for payday lenders.

Allied Progress said today it was putting $100,000 behind this ad that will run in Wasserman Schultz's district as she faces Democratic primary opponent Tim Canova.

This is the second time the liberal group has run ads against Wasserman Schultz and is part of a broader campaign against payday leders. Allied Progress is planning to run ads against either Rep. Alcee Hastings or Patrick Murphy over the political contributions they have gotten from the industry.

"Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz trusts that the CFPB, regardless of whether this bill becomes law, will ultimately do what's right," spokesman Ryan Banfill said. "The ad, like all the others, intentionally takes her out of context. Here's what Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz actually said: "Payday lending is unfortunately a necessary component of how people get access to capital that are working poor. She also said that what we really need to do is increase the minimum wage to $15/hour so payday loans aren't necessary. This is a PAC masquerading as a consumer group. The group apparently has decided they can't win a debate without resorting to distortions and bullying. That's unfortunate for the people who just want to responsibly pay their bills but are short on cash. Debbie Wasserman Schultz will continue to fight hard to protect consumers as her constituents know she always has."

Below is the interview used in the ad:

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 31, 2016 10:55am]


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