AFP Launching Major Effort Opposing Farm Bill

June 18, 2013

Emails, phone calls, web videos targeting Collin Peterson’s (MN-7) district

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota – Americans for Prosperity, the nation’s largest and most effective advocate for economic freedom, today announced the launch of a significant effort that combines grassroots advocacy with paid ads calling on Republican and Democratic House members to oppose the Farm Bill.

The latest effort will include email, social media, phone calls, and two web videos that target a bipartisan list of representatives in 15 House districts, including Representative Collin Peterson.

“The 2013 Farm Bill has become little more than a vehicle for massive welfare spending and taxpayer-funded corporate cronyism,” AFP President Tim Phillips. “Americans deserve better than this kind of government overspending and waste, and we’re going to make sure their voices are heard in Washington.”

AFP Minnesota State Director John Cooney said, “This is a classic example of Washington funneling dollars to special interests while pretending to help out the small farmer.  Even worse, some of these funds are actually going to members of Congress and farmers in Brazil.  This is offensive to the American tax payer.”  

AFP’s newest campaign includes two web videos: Table the Farm Bill shows that Farm Bill subsidies largely go to wealthy individuals or well-connected corporations, rather than small farmers, while Food Stamps demonstrates that 80 percent of Farm Bill spending goes to food stamps, rather than farms of any kind.

In addition to the ads, AFP will be empowering activists across the country to engage their representatives through email, phone calls, and social media, calling on lawmakers to oppose the inefficient and ineffective Farm Bill. AFP has also issued a key vote alert opposing the bill, including it on the organization’s scorecard that ranks members of Congress.

Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is a nationwide organization of citizen-leaders committed to advancing every individual’s right to economic freedom and opportunity. AFP believes reducing the size and intrusiveness of government is the best way to promote individual productivity and prosperity for all Americans. For more information, visit www.americansforprosperity.org

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