Veterans group to air spot praising Braley, Branstad

 ·  Ed Tibbetts, Quad City Times   ·   Link to Article

A veterans group will begin airing a television ad next week praising Democratic Senate hopeful Bruce Braley and Gov. Terry Branstad, a Republican, for their work fighting an Obama administration proposal to scale back the Renewable Fuels Standard.

VoteVets.org first ran the ad praising the two Iowa politicians in March, and it will do so again next week in the Cedar Rapids and Des Moines markets.

The group plans to spend $180,000 in the state, part of a larger buy that includes other states.

The ad features an Iowa City veteran who praises Braley and Branstad for advocating for renewable fuels, saying it means "less oil money going to enemies who threaten our troops overseas."

The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed lowering the targets for the standard, which requires a certain amount of renewables be blended with the nation's gasoline supply. Politicians across the board in Iowa have opposed the proposal and are appealing to the Obama administration to reverse it. A decision is expected this summer.

VoteVets, which doesn't disclose the identities of its donors, has been active on the renewable fuels issue, but its advertisement is also the latest in a run of spots that have focused on Iowa politicians up for re-election, particularly in the Iowa Senate race.

Braley, a congressman from Waterloo, is facing Republican Joni Ernst, a state senator from Red Oak, who also has been critical of the EPA's proposal.

VoteVets says it is nonpartisan but adds it is "the largest progressive organization of veterans in America."

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