AFP Shares Christina’s Story in New Ad
West Virginia family feels the painful consequences of Rep. Rahall’s record
Arlington, Va. – Today Americans for Prosperity, the nation’s foremost grassroots advocate for economic freedom, announced the launch of a new ad buy to hold Congressman Nick Rahall accountable for supporting policies that hurt West Virginia families, featuring a woman’s personal account of how her family has been affected by Rep. Rahall’s decisions in Congress.
The new ad tells the story of Christina Underwood of Mount Nebo, West Virginia. Christina’s husband has been a coal miner since 1994, but in the past six years, he has been laid off three times because of burdensome regulations that have cost thousands of coal industry jobs in West Virginia.
Christina’s story criticizes Rahall for voting against the REINS Act, which sought to require congressional approval for regulations having a significant economic impact. The ad begins airing this week in West Virginia statewide, and will run for three weeks with a budget over $400,000.
AFP President Tim Phillips said: “When Congressman Rahall had the opportunity to protect families like Christina’s from devastating regulations, he instead chose to stand with President Obama and the EPA. Now hardworking West Virginians are paying the price of unemployment and uncertainty as they struggle to provide for their families. Rahall says he’s for West Virginia, but his record shows otherwise. It’s disappointing to see Congressman Rahall play politics with the lives and livelihoods of the very people he represents.”
This ad is a part of AFP’s ongoing efforts to hold politicians accountable for their stances on important issues like ObamaCare and energy, which include television, radio, and digital ads, as well as robust grassroots action throughout the country.
The Hill: “Rahall Blasts Incoming EPA Power Plant Rule.” “Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.), one of the most vulnerable House Democrats this election cycle, blasted the incoming Environmental Protection Agency regulations for coal-fired power plants on Thursday.” (Christina Marcos, “Rahall blasts incoming EPA power plant rule,” The Hill, 5/29/14)
But When Congressman Rahall Had The Opportunity To Protect West Virginia From Harmful EPA Regulations, He Sided With President Obama And The EPA:
“The REINS Act Would Require Congress To Approve Any Rule From A Federal Agency That Has A $100 Million Effect On The Economy.” (Pete Kasperowicz, “Thursday: REINS Act, EPA, and Round 2 of stopping government abuse,” The Hill, 8/1/13)
Congressman Rahall Voted Against Reining in Obama’s EPA, Roll Call Vote, 445, 8/2/13 (GovTrack.us, Accessed 5/29/14)
The Los Angeles Times: U.S. Chamber Says New EPA Rule Could Cost Economy $51 Billion A Year.” (Don Lee, “U.S. Chamber Says New EPA Rule Could Cost Economy $51 Billion A Year,” The Los Angeles Times, 5/28/14)