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June 14, 2012

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June 14, 2012
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Americans for Prosperity Launches Radio, Outdoor Ad Blitz as Part of “Thanks A Lot, Debbie…” Citizen Education Initiative

Ads focus on Senator Stabenow’s votes against Keystone XL pipeline

LANSING, Mich.—Outdoor boards aimed at turning up the grassroots heat on Senator Debbie Stabenow have been popping up across the state as part of Americans for Prosperity-Michigan’s “Thanks A Lot, Debbie…” citizen education initiative. The billboards, which focus on the issue of the Keystone XL pipeline, are joined today by a weeklong flight of radio ads in the Grand Rapids and Detroit markets; online advertising will begin later in the week. The full audio of the radio ad is available online at www.ThanksALotDebbie.com.

“The economy, jobs, and high energy prices are top concerns for people in Michigan,” said Scott Hagerstrom, director of AFP-Michigan. “Yet, Debbie Stabenow chose to vote down the Keystone pipeline project, which was hailed as a Michigan job-creator by business groups, union groups, and a huge majority of Michigan residents. Our activists are challenging Debbie Stabenow to embrace policies that will promote greater economic freedom and prosperity.”

In March, AFP-Michigan released an in-depth survey of 603 registered voters. When asked a series of questions about what policies would “mostly help/mostly harm” Michigan’s economy, 74 percent of respondents said approval of the Keystone pipeline would help Michigan’s economy. The full survey is available online at www.ThanksALotDebbie.com.

“Most people are so busy working to put food on the table that they have little time to research their lawmaker’s voting record,” said Hagerstrom. “This ad blitz will help bridge the gap between citizens’ opinions on issues such as the Keystone pipeline and Debbie Stabenow’s legislative record.”

AFP-Michigan’s radio ad:

NEWS ANNOUNCER:
Experts say Michigan’s economy could finally be turning a corner. Three thousand new jobs expected for Michigan workers as construction on the Keystone pipeline begins this summer.

The pipeline, expected to create 20,000 immediate jobs, pass the Senate by a… [FADE OUT] [REWIND]

FEMALE VOICE:
But that’s not what happened. Instead, Senator Debbie Stabenow voted to kill the Keystone pipeline project. A project that enjoyed bipartisan support in Congress, support from business groups like the U.S. Chamber, and support from unions, including the Teamsters and the AFL-CIO.

Senator Stabenow voted to kill a project that 74 percent of Michigan residents say will help our economy.

Instead of thanking Debbie Stabenow for good economic news, we can thank her for voting against jobs, against relief from high gas prices, and against the citizens she claims to represent.

Thanks a lot, Debbie…for blocking job-creating policies that would put Michigan’s working families back to work.

Call Debbie Stabenow at (313) 961-4330 and tell her to stop supporting policies that kill Michigan jobs.

MALE VOICE:
Paid for by Americans for Prosperity. Learn more at ThanksALotDebbie.com.

Americans for Prosperity-Michigan is a statewide organization of more than 74,000 activists committed to strengthening our constitutional government, establishing fiscal restraint, and giving taxpayers greater control over government. We are dedicated to recruiting, training, educating and motivating grassroots activists to be effective in their own communities. Americans for Prosperity does not support or oppose candidates for public office.

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