2014 PacWatch: PAC-created political ads
EXPLANATORY NOTE by OnTheIssues.org:
Starting well before each election, candidates produce and air politicial advertisements. Since Citizens United took effect, PACs have produced many campaign ads too.
In modern campaigns, ads might be on TV, but also might be via email, web video, Tweets, or other social media.
Political pundit publications, such as The Hill and Rollcall, analyze campaign advertisements as well as campaign events
(although at OnTheIssues we ignore their relentless coverage of polls; since we consider them irrelevant to normal voters and relevant only to pundits!)
OnTheIssues.org reviews those ads and analyses for relevant issue content, including opponents' responses when available. Sometimes we transcribe the ads from video or audio; sometimes we include commentary; all the time, we urge paying attention to the opponent of each advertiser too, to get the full story!
| OnTheIssues.org excerpts: (click on issues for details)
Cory Gardner: No Personhood Amendment; birth control over-the-counter.
Terri Lynn Land: Equal pay good; but Paycheck Fairness Act bad.
Thom Tillis: FactCheck: Passed school budget of $23.1B, but no cuts.
Energy & Oil|
Gary Peters: AdWatch: Yes, I own petcoke stock, but I can still speak out.
Gary Peters: Proudly voted to invest in renewable energy sources.
Gary Peters: Cap and trade is an option we need to look at.
Gary Peters: FactCheck: Mich. gets back more in gas tax than it collects.
Joni Ernst: Meeting with Big Oil doesn't make me feel uncomfortable.
Scott Brown: Keystone XL should be included in energy efficiency bill.
Thom Tillis: AdWatch: Allowed toxic coal ash pollution on Dan River.
Families & Children|
Martha Coakley: PACWatch on DCF: not to fix it but to fight it.
Tom Cotton: Domestic violence victim funding pushes ideological agenda.
Carol Shea-Porter: Campaign finance reform is a cornerstone of campaign.
Jim Rubens: Voluntary small dollar vouchers to fund federal elections.
Ruben Gallego: Get Washington working again by taking money out of politics.
Staci Appel: Public matching funds for congressional elections.
Walter Beaman Jones: Citizens United one of the worst decisions in my lifetime.
Ed Gillespie: Fight UN gun ban treaty, & fight bans on guns or ammunition.
Mark Warner: Restrict but don't ban high-capacity magazines.
Thom Tillis: AdWatch: TV PAC attack on ObamaCare is a "badge of honor".
Jeanne Shaheen: AdWatch: Targeted by RNC robocalls for support of ObamaCare.
Jeff Merkley: AdWatch: Targeted by RNC robocalls for support of ObamaCare.
Kay Hagan: AdWatch: Targeted by RNC robocalls for support of ObamaCare.
Mark Begich: AdWatch: Targeted by RNC robocalls for support of ObamaCare.
Mark Pryor: AdWatch: Targeted by RNC robocalls for support of ObamaCare.
Mark Udall: AdWatch: Targeted by RNC robocalls for support of ObamaCare.
Mark Warner: AdWatch: Targeted by RNC robocalls for support of ObamaCare.
Mary Landrieu: AdWatch: Targeted by RNC robocalls for support of ObamaCare.
Richard Durbin: AdWatch: Targeted by RNC robocalls for support of ObamaCare.
Rick Weiland: Raise the minimum wage; fight against special interests.
David Perdue: 2005: I spent my career outsourcing; 2014: I'm proud of that.
Principles & Values|
Steve Daines: AdWatch: Walsh appointment was "Big Sky buy-off" D.C. deal.
Thad Cochran: AdWatch: American Conservative Union's lowest-scored Senator.
Joni Ernst: Something like personal savings accounts for younger workers.
Thom Tillis: FactCheck: Kept sales tax at 3% on yachts & jet owners.
Heritage Foundation: FHA highway funds are skewed because strings are attached.
The above quotations are from 2014 PacWatch: PAC-created political ads.