A Democratic super PAC is not wasting time attacking the Republican candidate in the U.S. Senate race.
Senate Majority PAC launched a new television advertisement Friday that hits Thom Tillis and features footage from inside his primary election night party Tuesday.
“He’s up there right now making big promises,” a woman says with Tillis on the stage, over her left shoulder, giving his victory speech at a Charlotte hotel ballroom. “But take a closer look.”
The 30-second spot then cuts to attack lines about the new tax cuts the House speaker and GOP leaders pushed into law in 2013, saying the measure lowered taxes for the wealthy and big corporations and kept tax breaks for private jets and yachts.
It did – but it also cut personal income taxes across the board. Who benefits and who loses is still unknown and the ad makes the dubious claim that the legislation “raised taxes on 80 percent of North Carolinians.” It cites a N.C. Budget and Tax Center report without acknowledging the group’s left-leaning ties and other studies disputing that number.
Republican legislative leaders acknowledge that not everyone will benefit from the tax changes but contend most will save money.
The ad’s kicker: “Thom Tillis says he’s up there for you but he’ll cost North Carolina families big time.”
Senate Majority PAC is spending $850,000 to air the ad for two weeks statewide on broadcast and cable stations. It brings the outside group’s total spending to $4.4 million in the North Carolina Senate race, adding to ads it aired earlier this year to boost Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan and attack Tillis.
An affiliated political nonprofit, Patriot Majority USA, that doesn’t disclose its donors spent an additional $800,000 attacking Tillis in the primary election.