U.S. Chamber out with new Tillis ad

09/04/2014 5:55 PM

09/04/2014 5:57 PM

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Thursday put out its second ad for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis.

In the ad, a female narrator blames both Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan and President Barack Obama for “record spending, record debt, a stagnant economy.” The ad then praises Tillis, saying he “led North Carolina’s balanced budget effort.” (It doesn’t mention that a balanced budget is required by law.)

It goes on to call Tillis a “conservative businessman who cut red tape to create good-paying jobs” and says he would fight the Obama administration to “get our economy back on track.”

Chamber spokesman Blair Holmes said the ad will air for two weeks in the Triangle and in Charlotte and Greensboro. Holmes declined to give the cost. The nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics said the Chamber has spent $450,000 on ads urging voters to back Tillis so far.

Tillis receives the endorsement of the Chamber even though disagrees with the business lobby on one point: He opposes re-authorization of the Export-Import Bank, something the Chamber and other business groups support.

The Chamber of Commerce doesn’t disclose its donors, and as a nonprofit organization, it doesn’t have to under federal law. It has spent $15.5 million on ads urging people to vote for or against a federal candidate throughout the country so far in 2013-14, all on behalf of Republicans, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

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