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Group also launches new website in Indiana, exposing record of extremist Senate candidate, Richard Mourdock

Veterans Voices front and center as total spending hits $5 million

WASHINGTON, DC - The national Veterans group, VoteVets Action Fund, is today launching new advertising in Virginia, exposing the anti-veteran record of Senator George Allen, extending existing ad buys in Montana and Indiana, and launching a new website that exposes the record of Tea Party Senate Candidate in Indiana, Richard Mourdock.  The group also announced a new ad will begin airing in Ohio, next week.  The total spending for these efforts is $1 million, bringing total spending from VoteVets Action Fund in 2012 to over $5 million.

The breakdown of the new spending is as follows:

VIRGINIA - The group is launching a new television ad on broadcast and cable in the state, running for one week, at a cost of $200,000.  The ad features Iraq and Afghanistan War Veteran from Virginia, David Nasse.  In the ad, he says, "There are over 800,000 veterans, like me, living in Virginia.  Time and again, George Allen has turned his back on us.  He voted to let health care premiums triple for three million military retirees, and voted against billions for veterans care.  And George Allen said, ‘Whatever the government program is, no matter how essential it is, it is a waste.'  If George Allen thinks veterans programs are a waste, maybe voting for him is the real waste."  The ad can be viewed here:

INDIANA - In Indiana, is teaming with the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) extending the buy of a previous advertisement, by $320,000. The ad previously ran at a cost of $300,000.  In the ad, Indiana Iraq and Afghanistan veteran Sam Schultz says, "Before I went to Iraq and Afghanistan, I took a pledge to protect and defend our country.  Richard Mourdock sees pledges differently.  Mourdock said that he ‘didn't take a pledge to support every job in Indiana.'  Mourdock sued to stop the Chrysler bailout.  He would have killed thousands of jobs here.  Jobs that returning veterans, like me, could use.  I know what it's like to serve with people who have your back.  And I can tell you, Richard Mourdock doesn't have ours."  The full ad, with backup, can be read and viewed here:

Additionally, in Indiana, has launched a new website - - and is backing up the creation of the website with $ 105,000 in online advertising around the Hoosier State.

MONTANA - In Montana, is putting an ad back on the air, which exposes Congressman Denny Rehberg's extreme record on veterans.  The Montana ad, which first ran in June and ran again in August, will be running again, at a cost of $230,000.  It features Jim Kearns, an Iraq War Veteran from Helena.  In the ad, he says, "I served in Iraq and came home safely.  Over 1600 who left limbs in Iraq and Afghanistan weren't so lucky. But Congressman Rehberg voted against additional critical funding for prosthetic research.  Millionaire Rehberg voted to give himself a pay raise.   Five times. Then voted against helping wounded vets.  And now Congressman Rehberg wants us to call him Senator?   No way."  The ad, script, and backup, can be viewed here:


OHIO - The group announced plans to spend $200,000 in advertising next week in Ohio, though the advertisement has not yet been released.

Founded in 2006,  and backed by over 220,000 members, the mission of is to use public issue campaigns and direct outreach to lawmakers to ensure that troops abroad have what they need to complete their missions, and receive the care they deserve when they get home. also recognizes veterans as a vital part of the fabric of our country and will work to protect veterans' interests in their day-to-day lives. is committed to the destruction of terror networks around the world - with force when necessary - to protect America.  While non-partisan, the group is the largest progressive organization of veterans in America.







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