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Braley for Iowa Blasts New Ad That Lies About Braley’s Record of Fighting for Equal Pay for Equal Work PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Braley for Iowa   
Tuesday, 14 October 2014 08:42
While Braley has paid his female employees $1.02 for every dollar paid to his male employees and fought to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, Ernst has troubling record on pay equality
Des Moines—Today, Braley for Iowa blasted a new ad from Priorities for Iowa, a super PAC with a highly suspicious connection to Joni Ernst’s campaign, that lies about Bruce’s record of fighting for equal pay for equal work in order to hide Ernst’s troubling record on pay equality.

Here are the facts: Bruce Braley has paid female employees on his Congressional staff $1.02 for every dollar earned by their male colleagues, and women on his campaign staff are paid 40% more than men due to the number of women in senior positions. Bruce was also an original co-sponsor of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and he has sponsored the Paycheck Fairness Act that was blocked by Sen. Ernst’s Tea Party allies in the U.S. Senate.

Meanwhile, according to FEC reports, Ernst’s campaign pays women just 55 cents on the dollar compared to what she pays men. And during her time as Montgomery County Auditor, state Sen. Ernst paid two female deputy auditors less than a male deputy auditor. Furthermore, State Sen. Ernst has made it clear that she opposes an increase to the federal minimum wage –a move that would primarily benefit working women, who make up more than half of workers who would see a wage increase.

“Joni Ernst and her allies are falsely attacking Bruce Braley to hide Ernst’s own troubling record on pay equality. The truth is, Bruce has paid female employees $1.02 for every dollar paid to male employees in his office and has fought for legislation to ensure women are paid equally as men for the same work. In contrast, Sen. Ernst hasn’t supported paycheck fairness laws, pays female campaign employees just 55 cents for every dollar their male coworkers make, and as Montgomery County auditor, paid two female deputies thousands of dollars less than a male deputy. We are more than happy to talk about which candidate in this race can be trusted to fight for pay equality,” said Braley for Iowa Campaign Manager Sarah Benzing.

 
Bruce Endorsed by Fire Fighters, Discusses Vision for Iowa's Middle Class Families PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Braley for Iowa   
Tuesday, 14 October 2014 08:39
Braley emphasizes his bipartisan accomplishments in Congress & contrasts with Sen. Ernst’s Tea Party obstructionism

Des Moines, IA – Today, Bruce Braley accepted the endorsement of the Iowa Professional Firefighters Association and shared his vision to be a Senator who fights for hardworking Iowans.

While receiving the endorsement, Braley discussed his record of reaching across the party divide to deliver results for Iowa and focused on his middle class priorities: raising the federal minimum wage, protecting and strengthening Social Security and Medicare, and reducing the burden of college costs.

“I’m running for Senate to stand up for working men and women and their families, and I’ll always fight to give working families opportunities to get ahead. I’m proud of my record of reaching across the party divide and working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to deliver results for Iowans,” said Braley. “But Sen. Ernst stands with Tea Party obstructionists, and her radical Tea Party agenda would only lead to more obstructionism. There’s a clear choice in this race, and Iowans deserve a Senator who will bring people together and work as a bridge builder, not a bridge burner.”

Braley has a strong record of working across the party divide to deliver results for Iowa and stand up for Iowa’s working families. Braley worked with both Democrats and Republicans to secure back pay and GI Bill benefits that had been denied to hundreds of Iowa National Guard soldiers. In addition, he worked to pass the bipartisan “Back to Work Act” that provided tax credits to businesses hiring unemployed workers. He also has a strong record of working across the aisle to protect and grow Iowa’s agriculture economy– including working for three years to pass the bipartisan Farm Bill and testifying alongside Governor Terry Branstad to protect the Renewable Fuel Standard and the 75,000 jobs it supports in Iowa.

“Congressman Braley has a tremendous record on issues that are important to Iowa’s firefighters and first responders. He’s always been in our corner, helping us get the equipment and resources we need to save lives and serve Iowa communities, and he has always been in the corner of Iowa’s working families. We’re proud to support Congressman Braley in his campaign for Senate because he’s worked tirelessly to create opportunities for Iowans, to help grow and expand the middle class and help us succeed. We know he’ll make Iowans proud,” said Iowa Professional Firefighters Association President Dan Cougill.

Cougill also commented on the recent reports that highlight Sen. Ernst’s potential conflict of interest violations while she was Montgomery County auditor, in addition to her troubling attendance record in the Iowa Senate.

“Iowans are learning even more about the real Joni Ernst—and we’ve seen some pretty shocking reports about things like the contracts given to her father’s company while she was Montgomery County Auditor, and some pretty troubling new reports about her dismal attendance record in the state Senate. Iowans want a Senator they can trust—someone who will fight the middle class families, seniors, and women. Not someone like Joni Ernst.”

In contrast, Sen. Joni Ernst's radical Tea Party agenda, which includes supporting a government shutdown that cost Iowa's economy $112 million and calling the President a "dictator," would only add to the gridlock in Washington.

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Subject: NRA ad on Braley Stretches Truth PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Erika Soto Lamb   
Thursday, 09 October 2014 15:17
You may have noticed that the NRA has begun running an ad against Congressman Bruce Braley this week (you can see it here) that claims Braley voted to take away gun rights.
But what you might not know is that it’s essentially a carbon copy of an ad the gun lobby has been running against Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu – one that has been fact-checked by at least four different media organizations and found to be outright dishonest.  The Washington Post gave it the maximum four Pinocchios for its "hyperbolic disconnect between between the images on the screen and the practical impact of the law in question”, FactCheck.org called it “misleading”, while Time Magazine named it one of the five most dishonest political ads of 2014 and Politifact's rating for that same ad: “Pants on fire”.
The same results would be found on a fact check of the NRA’s claim against Braley’s record as well.  Braley co-sponsored the House version of the same background check legislation backed by Landrieu – a bill that would have closed the loophole that allows criminals and other dangerous people to easily get guns, no questions asked.
The NRA knows background checks don’t infringe on anyone’s rights and that they don’t put law-abiding citizens in danger, as the ominous ad would like voters to believe. Yet the NRA sought to radically deceive voters by running a shadowy attack ad smearing Braley’s record.
When covering the heated Iowa senate race, we’re hopeful you’ll let your readers know about these NRA distortions – and consider editorializing in favor of having local stations pull this ad down because it is based on a lie.

 
PATE UNVEILS "PROTECT YOUR VOTE" AD PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Paid for by Pate for Iowa   
Thursday, 09 October 2014 15:13

FIRST SOS CANDIDATE TO GO ON THE AIR

 

(Cedar Rapids, IA)  Today, former Iowa Secretary of State and Mayor of Cedar Rapids, Paul D. Pate has unveiled a new radio ad titled, "Protect Your Vote" in his bid to become Iowa's next Secretary of State.

Female Announcer: "Iowans know there are some things we just have to protect.  Our families.  Our freedom.  Our jobs. Our Personal information.

 

And, we need to protect our votes...so we can keep Iowa elections clean and fair for everyone.

 

That's why so many Iowans are voting for Paul Pate as our next Secretary of State.

 

Paul Pate has done the job before...and done it well.  That's why many state leaders have encouraged him to go back to work in the Secretary of State's office.

 

Pate knows first- hand what it takes to be Iowa's Chief Elections Official ......AND, he's the owner of a successful asphalt paving company...so he knows the business side of the Secretary of State's office as well."

 

Paul Pate: "I'm Paul Pate...the only candidate for Secretary of State...with on the job experience...a record of serving you in public office...and a commitment to protecting your vote with mandatory voter ID.

 

Let's make it easy to vote...but hard to cheat.  I would appreciate your vote on November 4th."

 

A nationally recognized business leader by the Small Business Administration, Pate is the owner of a paving construction firm and recently served as Mayor of Cedar Rapids from 2002 -2006.  While Mayor, Pate was elected President of the non-partisan Iowa League of Cities representing over 870 municipalities.  Previously, he served as Iowa Secretary of State from 1995-1999 and represented NE Cedar Rapids, Marion and parts of Linn, Buchanan and Delaware Counties in the Iowa Senate from 1989-1995.

 

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Sen. Debbie Stabenow Highlights Importance of Braley's Work on Bipartisan Farm Bill and Renewable Fuel Standard to Iowa’s Economy in Minden PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sam Lau   
Tuesday, 07 October 2014 15:31
Minden, IA – Today Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee and author of the 2014 Farm Bill, highlighted the importance of Bruce Braley's work on the bipartisan Farm Bill and the job-creating Renewable Fuel Standard to Iowa’s economy while touring a family farm in Minden.

“Bruce Braley was pivotal in overcoming Tea Party obstructionism so we could pass the bipartisan Farm Bill, and he’s been a champion in the fight to protect the Renewable Fuel Standard. In the Senate, I know he’ll continue to be a champion for Iowa’s agriculture economy by reaching across the party divide to deliver results for the state. ­While his opponent, like her oil billionaire backers, is philosophically opposed to the Renewable Fuel Standard and would have voted against the Farm Bill, I know Bruce Braley will always put Iowa first,” said Sen. Debbie Stabenow.

Bruce Braley has a strong record of promoting Iowa agriculture and fighting to grow Iowa’s rural economy. He worked for three years across party lines to pass the bipartisan Farm Bill that is critical to Iowa jobs and Iowa’s farming communities.

He has also been a leader in the fight to protect the RFS; according to the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, nearly 75,000 Iowa jobs are connected to renewable fuels. Late last year, Braley was the only member of the Iowa U.S. House delegation to join Governor Terry Branstad at an EPA hearing where they spoke out against the EPA's proposed cuts. In November 2013, Braley teamed up with Republican Rep. Steve King to host an event with Iowa State’s Bioeconomy Institute to explain to Congressional staff the importance of keeping the RFS at its current levels. At Braley’s request, Iowa consistently has had representation at Congressional hearings examining the future of the RFS. And early this year, he helped deliver 100,000 signatures to the EPA urging them to maintain a strong RFS.

In contrast, State Sen. Ernst would put Tea Party obstructionism before Iowa: Ernst would have opposed the Farm Bill, is “philosophically opposed” to the RFS, and her spokesperson said that “in a perfect world…she would support doing away with the (RFS).” Last month, Braley for Iowa released a report detailing the devastating impacts of state Sen. Joni Ernst’s reckless plan to eliminate all energy incentives and all tax credits. If Ernst’s energy proposals were enacted, energy costs for Iowans could increase by $1,200 per year, tens of thousands of Iowa jobs could be threatened, and business investments in Iowa could be reduced by billions of dollars.

BACKGROUND:

Braley Was Endorsed By The Iowa Corn Growers Association PAC’s Bipartisan Committee Of Farmer-Members. In September 2014, The Des Moines Register reported, “The Iowa Corn Growers Association, one of the state's most influential farm groups, announced Tuesday its political action committee has endorsed Democrat Bruce Braley in his campaign for U.S. Senate against Republican state Sen. Joni Ernst.” TheRegister continued, “A press release from the Corn Growers Association PAC said the decisions are made by a bipartisan committee of farmer-members who consider candidates based only on their support of ICGA policies. Braley was one of 75 state and federal candidates included in the endorsements.” [Des Moines Register,9/2/14]
  • Iowa Corn Grower Endorsement “Decisions Are Made Through An Objective Analysis Including Candidate Responses To Our Survey, Voting Records, Letters And Other Quantified Evidence Of Support. In September 2014, Iowa Corn Growers Association PAC announced: “ICGA PAC decisions are made through an objective analysis including candidate responses to our survey, voting records, letters and other quantified evidence of support. The ICGA PAC committee members include farmers from across Iowa, with an equal balance of party affiliation to ensure decisions are based only on corn growers’ policies. Funding for contributions to candidates from the Iowa Corn Growers Association PAC comes only from voluntary PAC donations by ICGA members. Neither ICGA dues, nor checkoff dollars, are used for PAC contributions.” [IowaCorn.org, 9/2/14]
  • Iowa Corn Growers’ PAC Chair: “Bruce Has A Fantastic Track Record With Our Key Issus” – “Bruce Has Done Over And Above On Farm Bill And Crop Insurance And The RFS.” In a September 2014 interview on WHO TV, Iowa Corn Growers’ PAC Chair, Mark Recker, said: “Bruce has a fantastic track record with our key issues, and has over the past term and over his past few terms… Bruce has done over and above on Farm Bill and crop insurance and the RFS, and has scored with us very well, and supported us very well, and is very credible with us on those issues.” [WHO TV, 9/7/14]
  • Iowa Corn Growers’ PAC Chair: We Choose Who To Endorse Based On The Issues – “They Tell Us What’s Important, Whether It’s Ethanol And The Renewable Fuel Standard, Farm Bill Or Crop Insurance.” In a September 2014 interview on WHO TV, Iowa Corn Growers’ PAC Chair, Mark Recker, said: “Well, it all comes down to the issues for us and how well candidates support our priorities as an organization and producers. And those issues, those priorities, come to us from the producer level. They tell us what’s important, whether it’s ethanol and the Renewable Fuels Standard, Farm Bill or crop insurance, trade and transportation issues. That’s how we score our candidates, based on how well they vote on those particular priorities and issues.” [WHO TV, 9/7/14]

 
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