RICHMOND, VA – Americans for Prosperity today announced a seven-figure ad buy to support its multi-million-dollar effort urging Virginians to vote against Ralph Northam in the race for governor. The punchy 30-second spot underscores how Ralph Northam ignored his statutory responsibility to supervise the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP), which in turn was duped out of 1.4 million in taxpayer dollars by a fake Chinese company. This is AFP’s first television ad in the Virginia governor’s race.
Americans for Prosperity-Virginia (AFP-VA) State Director JC Hernandez issued the following statement:
“As a member of its board of directors, Ralph Northam had a statutory responsibility to supervise the VEDP’s use of taxpayer dollars. Yet when a fake Chinese company with a false address and a phony website scammed the VEDP and Virginia taxpayers for $1.4 million, Northam didn’t even notice. Why? Because he skipped more than half the board meetings. Northam could have done his job and stopped the fraud. But he couldn’t be bothered and we got scammed. Ralph Northam didn’t show up for work.
“All summer long our activists have been canvassing the state, getting the word out to friends and neighbors about Northam’s poor record. With this significant ad buy, we’ll be ramping up those efforts even more. We don’t believe Ralph Northam deserves a promotion, and we’re committed to making sure he doesn’t become our next governor.”
The ad will air in markets across Virginia and in Washington, D.C. The ad supplements Americans for Prosperity-Virginia’s broader effort to defeat Ralph Northam, which also includes direct mail, digital ads, and the organization’s hallmark grassroots activism. In August, AFP-VA made tens of thousands of contact efforts to call for the defeat of Ralph Northam.
AFP will host a conference call for members of the media on Wednesday, September 6, at 10:00am to discuss the new ad as well as the organization’s broader efforts to defeat Northam. AFP President Tim Phillips and AFP-VA State Director JC Hernandez will be available for comment.
AFP Media Conference Call
When: Wednesday, September 6, 2017 @ 10:00am
Media Dial-in (no PIN): (703) 570-4404
Media Web Listener Login: http://listen.cmsteleconference.com/
Web Listener PIN: 271854
For further information or an interview, reach Lorenz Isidro at LIsidro@afphq.org or (703) 887-7724.
Americans for Prosperity (AFP) exists to recruit, educate, and mobilize citizens in support of the policies and goals of a free society at the local, state, and federal level, helping every American live their dream – especially the least fortunate. AFP has more than 3.2 million activists across the nation, a local infrastructure that includes 36 state chapters, and has received financial support from more than 100,000 Americans in all 50 states. For more information, visit www.AmericansForProsperity.org