Bustos, Loebsack targets of ad campaign over tax cut bill

A conservative group is targeting Reps. Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa, and Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., on the House tax bill that was heading to a vote on Thursday.

American Action Network, a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy organization, is targeting seven lawmakers ahead of the vote with a TV ad that portrays the choice as one between middle-class tax cuts and support for Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

"Across America, working families are in desperate need of tax reform that increases take-home pay, creates jobs, and strengthens our economy," the organization's executive director, Corry Bliss, said in a statement.

The ad says the bill would save the typical family $1,200.

PolitiFact reported that would be the case in the first year for the Republican tax bill in the House, but that benefit would shrink over time.

Jared Smith, a spokesman for Bustos, responded to the ad in an email: "It?s no surprise that the same billionaires who stand to benefit from Paul Ryan?s tax scam are now running misleading ads designed to attack Congresswoman Bustos."

Smith, citing the Tax Policy Center, said the bill would lead to a tax increase for 30 million American families.


The Tax Policy Center issued a report last week saying that, in 2018, 7 percent of taxpayers would see an average tax increase of $2,100. But it also said 76 percent of taxpayers would see a cut averaging $1,900, though those at the top of the income scale would see larger savings.


Over time, the report said, the number of those getting a tax cut would shrink as some provisions expire and because of other changes. The number seeing a tax increase would rise over time.


Zach Meunier, Loebsack's campaign manager, responded to the ad in an email, saying: ""Attacks by DC-based, shadowy, special interests groups on Dave?s efforts to help protect middle-class families have never fooled Iowans."


Both lawmakers, who represent the Quad-Cities, are targets for the political arm of House Republicans in the 2018 elections.


These television ads are part of a $20 million ad campaign American Action Network launched in August to push for tax reform. The group does not disclose who its donors are.