Press Release: True to Form, Bysiewicz Goes NegativeJuly 19 2012
ROCKY HILL—Susan Bysiewicz began airing a new ad on television today. Unfortunately, Bysiewicz uses her airtime not to discuss her own record, but to attack Chris Murphy’s record of fighting for the middle class in Congress.
The ad is largely based on false claims and hypocrisy: despite her claims, Susan Bysiewicz has actually taken more money from the financial sector as a percentage of her overall contributions than Chris Murphy.
"Bysiewicz has been running misleading campaigns since the 1990s, so her hypocrisy comes as no surprise,” said Murphy spokeswoman Taylor Lavender. “The truth is that nobody in Connecticut is buying the attack because it’s made up out of thin air. Chris has been fighting for Wall Street reform for years—Bysiewicz seems to have simply brought up this issue in the last 18 months because she thinks it polls well. And it’s no secret that Susan is down on Wall Street begging for contributions to her campaign while she runs TV ads and sends out press releases attacking those same people. If Bysiewicz were really the candidate fighting Wall Street, why hasn’t a single grassroots progressive group in Connecticut stood up and supported her? The answer is simple: AFL-CIO, CCAG, AFSCME, SEIU, the Working Families Party and many others support Chris because he doesn't just talk about reform, he's actually fighting for it.”
CLICK HERE for list of financial sector firms whose executives or employees have contributed to Bysiewicz’s campaign.
Susan Bysiewicz vs. The Truth
Susan Bysiewicz: Chris has "more than $500,000 in campaign contributions [from Wall Street/the financial services industry]"
WNPR Where We Vote, May 9, 2012
If that's true, that represents 11.49% of Murphy's total raised over the course of the cycle ($4,353,000 through the pre-convention filing, the last publicly available fundraising period).
When Dankosky asked Susan if she's ever taken money from the financial services industry: “Not much in the investment banking industry”
WNPR Where We Vote May, 9, 2012
That's false. As the data linked above very clearly shows, Bysiewicz has taken at least $232,000 from Wall Street/ the financial services industry (through the pre-convention filing). When compared to her total raised for the cycle ($1,944,503), you get 11.93%.
Murphy: $500,000 out of $4,353,000 = 11.49%
Bysiewicz: $232,000 out of $1,944,503 = 11.93%
In a new television ad, Susan Bysiewicz makes a number of false attacks against Chris Murphy.
Bysiewicz claims that Murphy has taken “more hedge fund money than any Democrat in Congress.”
According to databases maintained by the Center for Responsive Politics, Chris Murphy has received $10,200 in contributions from Hedge Funds during the 2012 cycle. A number of Democrats have received more including:
Kirsten Gillibrand: $84,800
Mark Warner: $36,850
Debbie Stabenow: $32,750
Amy Klobuchar: $31,500
Timothy H. Bishop: $24,500
Jon Tester: $23,955
Claire McCaskill: $21,745
Maria Cantwell: $17,400
Bill Nelson: $16,600
Nita M. Lowey: $15,500
Al Franken: $15,250
Nancy Pelosi: $15,000
Sheldon Whitehouse: $14,000
Tim Johnson: $13,000
Ted Deutch: $13,000
Shelley Berkley: $11,500
Susan Bysiewicz herself has taken $6,500 from hedge funds
Bysiewicz claims that Chris Murphy has done the exact same thing in Congress that his predecessor did.
Chris Murphy Has Led the Charge on Ethics Reform. Chris introduced and passed the House Independent Commission on Standards Act. After taking office in 2007, Chris came to Washington intent on changing the culture of corruption. Chris led a large group of Democratic freshmen to call for a nonpartisan, independent entity to bring greater accountability and transparency to the Congressional ethics enforcement process. Chris sponsored legislation to establish such an organization and then supported legislation that was ultimately adopted by the House to clean up the process and restore the public’s confidence in the institution.
Chris introduced and passed the Government Funding Transparency Act. Over the last decade the cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan can be counted by the lives of American servicemen, billions of dollars that we've spent on troops and equipment and billions more on government security contractors. The most well known company in this industry at the time was Blackwater Worldwide. Despite the fact that these companies were virtually subsidiaries of the United State government, Blackwater's CEO refused to answer questions on the company's profit margins or his own salary. As a result, Congressman Murphy introduced legislation to require entities that receive more than 80% of their annual gross revenue from the federal government and who have contracts worth more than $25 million in any year to disclose the salaries of their most highly compensated employees. This commonsense reform put an end to corporate stonewalling by these large government contractors and shed light on these companies for the taxpayers who were essentially shareholders.
Bysiewicz claims that Murphy can’t stand up to Wall Street
The Truth Is that Chris Murphy Has Spent His Whole Career Advocating for The Middle Class.
Chris Murphy Helped Pass the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Bill. The legislation created new consumer protections with authority and independence, ended “Too Big to Fail” bailouts, and created new transparency and accountability to protect and empower investors. [http://banking.senate.gov/public/_files/070110_Dodd_Frank_Wall_Street_Reform_comprehensive_summary_Final.pdf]
Chris Murphy Has Sponsored and Passed Buy-American Legislation to Support American Businesses Create Jobs. According to an article in the Hartford Courant, “An amendment that gives manufacturers the option of telling the Department of Defense how winning a contract would support or add jobs passed the Hous of Representatives…Representative Chris Murphy…has made ‘Buy American’ contracting rules a signature issue, and he will be responsible for getting the amendment attached to the Department of Defense Authorization bill… ‘This is a big day for Buy American reform,’ Murphy…said… ‘A majority of members of the House of Representatives stood with American workers and manufacturers today, and this is a fight I’m proud to continue until this becomes law.’” [Hartford Courant, 5/18/12]