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Published — September 27, 2012 Updated — May 19, 2014 at 12:19 pm ET

Daily Disclosure: Arizona congressman targeted by veterans’ group

VoteVets Action Fund and Majority PAC say Rep. Jeff Flake has failed America’s soldiers

Introduction

A new ad from a veterans’ outside spending group and a major Democratic super PAC accuses Arizona Republican Rep. Jeff Flake of failing to support members of the armed services.

“Congressman Flake voted to send us to that war,” says Steven Lopez, an Iraq war veteran, in the new ad, “and then voted against us when we returned home.”

Flake and former Surgeon General Richard Carmona, a Democrat, are facing off to replace retiring Republican Sen. John Kyl in an increasingly competitive race.

Uniform” from VoteVets Action Fund, a nonprofit, and Majority PAC draws attention to Flake’s vote against the 2008 GI Bill, which expanded benefits to Iraq war veterans. The bill, now law, provides tuition to public universities for qualified veterans, among other provisions.

The ad launches today and will air for one week at a cost of $280,000, according to a press release.

Flake’s campaign is fighting back. On Tuesday, responding to similar claims made by the Carmona campaign, posted a statement from Republican Sen. John McCain, a Vietnam War veteran and former POW, calling the line of attack “false and negative.” The statement is accompanied by a list of veterans’ bills the congressman did vote for.

The VoteVets ad notes Flake’s vote for a 2003 budget that cut veterans’ benefits and for a 2010 vote against another veterans’ education bill that, among other things, provides vocational training for veterans. As a nonprofit, the group is not required to disclose its donors.

The anti-veteran attacks began this week with an ad from Carmona, a veteran himself, and a strongly worded statement from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

Carmona has made veterans’ support a major aspect of his campaign. “Vets for Carmona,” an arm of his campaign, is chaired by an Army lieutenant general and two major generals. The website features a place for veterans to add their names to Carmona’s endorsements list. Carmona also has the endorsement of the Veterans Alliance for Security and Democracy, which tends to support Democratic veterans.

The U.S. Senate race in Arizona has seen $1.8 million in outside spending, but $1.2 million was directed at Wil Cardon, Flake’s wealthy opponent in the Aug. 28 GOP primary, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

Flake has a slight lead in the polls, according to Real Clear Politics, but the gap is closing.

VoteVets Action Fund also spent $270,000 supporting the U.S. House run of Democrat Tulsi Gabbard, a former Hawaii state representative. Gabbard has served two deployments to the Middle East and is a commander in the Hawaii Army National Guard.

In other outside spending news:

  • More Government Isn’t the Solution” from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce opposes former Attorney General Heidi Heitkamp, the Democrat running for U.S. Senate in North Dakota.
  • Pro-Mitt Romney super PAC Restore Our Future released “Kindergarten” opposing President Barack Obama.
  • Super PAC Priorities USA Action, which supports Obama, and AFSCME PEOPLE, the political action committee of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, released “47%,” a radio ad criticizing Romney for his secretly videotaped statement at a private fundraising event where he said 47 percent of Americans “believe they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it.”
  • SEIU COPE, the political action committee of the Service Employees International Union, reported spending $332,000 opposing Romney, Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, and Rep. Bobby Schilling, R-Ill.
  • Conservative nonprofit Crossroads GPS reported spending $1.1 million against U.S. Senate candidate Rep. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., $130,000 against Obama, and has plans to spend $3.7 million against four Democratic senatorial candidates. The $3.7 million campaign includes “Big” opposing Rep. Shelley Berkley in Nevada; “Pressure” opposing Rep. Joe Donnelly in Indiana; “When” opposing Sen. Sherrod Brown in Ohio; and “Addicted” opposing former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine.
  • Conservative super PAC Ending Spending Action Fund released “Why I Changed My Vote” and “Reason,” which oppose Obama.
  • House Majority PAC, a Democratic super PAC, reported spending $129,000 opposing Randy Altschuler in New York, a Republican running for Congress, plus an additional $437,000 opposing Republican U.S. House candidates Mia Love, the mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah, Joe Coors, a Colorado businessman, Rep. Scott Rigell of Virginia and North Carolina state Sen. David Rouzer.
  • Running” from Americans for Job Security, a conservative nonprofit, opposes Obama.
  • The Florida-focused super PAC Treasure Coast Jobs Coalition released “Add Up,” which opposes Democrat Patrick Murphy, Republican Rep. Allen West’s challenger in Florida’s 18th District. Murphy is the president of an environmental cleanup firm.
  • The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee reported spending $3.6 million opposing Republican candidates for U.S. House in numerous districts. The DCCC also released an ad opposing former Virginia Sen. George Allen, a Republican running for U.S. Senate.
  • The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee released “Wall Street’s Favorite Senator,” which opposes Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev. The ad cost $575,000.

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Trump needs to conduct these activities because the entire MSM media, excluding Fox, is campaigning against him 24/7/365.

Didn’t Monica’s boyfriend’s wife and various criminal enterprises outspend Trump by almost 2-1?

CapitalistRoader
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Why wouldn’t he get an early start on fund raising? Hillary outspent him two-to-one in 2016. The Dem’s are the party of big money. The President knows this and is attempting to get a jump on it. Of course the Dem candidate will outspend him in 2020 so it’s only rational that he starts fund raising now.

George Young
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George Young

Oh brother. We just 8 years of the Campaigner – in – Chief. Where was this journalistic rectal thermometer then. Just another article about 2000 words too long that merely takes another slap at Trump for something he far from initiated.

j stevenson
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j stevenson

The big difference between Trump and all the rest is his refusing to accept funds from lobbyists, so they don’t have the White House access they are used to. These are the donors who buy the presidency and are as pixxed off that he won the election as are the media and the Dems. Lobbyists have never been shut out of the WH and Trump has told them he is not for sale.

jan v
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jan v

all the lobbyists are running all our government agencies and all the career civil servants who know how to run the country have been fired. YOU think this is a good thing ? what a crock…

thomas alessi
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thomas alessi

I am for Trump

Martin Shellabarger
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J. Stevenson, what are you drinking? Trump has more lobbyists in his administration than probably any other president. Trump is totally “for sale”, and the corporations know it. Grow a brain!

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Trump needs to be impeached and tossed in prison. Then have the key thrown away so he will never be free. Then he can see how it feels not to have freedom.

Mark Sullivan
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Mark Sullivan

Thank you for the usual insightful leftist low IQ Snowflake response.

barney
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hes not imprisoning them hes sending them back to their country chill tf out

SOUTH JERSEY
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SOUTH JERSEY

WHY DONT YOU HAVE FREEDOM?

Tom Larkin
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Tom Larkin

First, something positive. I was happy to learn of empirical information in article. BUT, the article was so slanted against President Trump as to be deemed fake news (“Perhaps Trump just lied.” (Two different issues)). The article mentions that President Trump raised over $67 million, but ended 2018 with $19 million. President Trump spent over $40 million 2016 and 2017. President Trump conducted 57 political rallies. The article notes the hats and T-shirts sold, but NEVER MENTIONS THE INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF REPUBLICAN SENATORS during a mid-term election that lost the House and the number of political rallies in… Read more »

Ted Sirois
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Ted Sirois

At least Trump is getting donations from willing donors. Fresh from his first election, Obama used billions of our children’s tax dollars to save thousands of union jobs in the car industry and bailed out the banks and many Wall Street businesses. This secured his source of reelection funds for his reelection four years later.

South Jersey
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South Jersey

TRUMP 2020; IS AN AMAZINGLY SMART MAN! VERY ORIGINAL & CREATIVE. I AM HAPPY TO HAVE HIS AS POTUS.

SOUTH JERSEY
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SOUTH JERSEY

THIS ARTICLE WAS OBVIOUSLY WRITTEN BY, A TRUMP-HATE-GROUP. THAT FEELS; IT IS NOT NORMAL TO BE SUCCESSFUL WITH YOUR OWN BRAND NAME. WHEN, IF FACT, IT IS NORMAL! >>>>> THIS IS >>> FAKE NEWS!!! <<<< ie: A PACK-OF-LIES; SPUN INTO; DEFAMATION OF CHARACTER. FOR A SINISTER-AGENDA OF; FASCIST DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST, COUP D'ETAT

David
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David

Are you on some kind of drugs? Writing in caps makes me think that you are grumpy old fart or a uneducated hillbilly.