Environmentalists’ TV campaign expands targets

Posted by Craig Jarvis on June 30, 2014 

Environmental groups who have attacked in TV ads a handful of Republican lawmakers for their support of fracking are expanding their targets, as promised.

The $1 million ad campaign has added Rep. Tim Moffitt of Asheville, Rep. Michele Presnell of Burnsville, Rep. James Boles of Southern Pines, and Rep. Mike Stone of Sanford to the mix.

The ads refer to reports of health problems it ties to fracking in Pennsylvania and concludes with some variation of: “Tell them to protect the people next time – not the polluters.”

Nine environmental groups, with most of the funding coming from the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Southern Environmental Law Center, are behind the ads, which began earlier this year. Republicans say it is an attempt to unseat legislators facing re-election campaigns.

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