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Below, release from Democratic Senate political operation...


DSCC RELEASES "THE TRUE MARK KIRK" UPON HIS ENTRY INTO ILLINOIS RACE

WEB VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS KIRK'S RIGHT-WING RECORD OF OPPOSING PRESIDENT OBAMA AT EVERY TURN

"THE TRUE MARK KIRK" FOUND AT http://www.dscc.org/kirk

As Congressman Mark Kirk begins his bid for the U.S Senate, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee released "The True Mark Kirk ," a revealing look at Mark Kirk's Congressional record. As Kirk desperately tries to portray himself as a moderate, the video makes clear that Kirk has opposed President Obama's economic recovery efforts at every turn.

"Mark Kirk helped create the economic mess we are facing, and now he opposes every idea to get us out of it," said Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Communications Director Eric Schultz. "When Illinois voters get to know the real Mark Kirk, they'll find a politician who championed George Bush's policies for years and is now standing in the way of President Obama's bold agenda to get the economy moving again."

Mark Kirk's record of saying no to President Obama:

* Voted against President Obama's economic recovery plans
* Voted against job creation
* Voted against investments in education
* Voted against a new energy economy
* Voted against help for homeowners to avoid foreclosure

DSCC The True Mark Kirk


Date: 7/9/09



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Narrator: Mark Kirk is announcing that he's running for Senate and he wants you to know that he's a moderate.

Mark Kirk Announced He's Running for Senate. Xxxxxxxxxxxx [Cite, date]

· Kirk Stressed His Position as a "Moderate" xxxxxxxxxxxx [Cite, date]


Narrator: Kirk's moderation not applicable in most cases. He has opposed President Obama's plans to fix the economy at every turn.

Visual: Kirk Votes Against Obama's Economic Recovery Plans

Vote 70, 2/13/09; Vote 86, 2/25/09; Vote 216, 4/29/09

Kirk Has Sided With GOP Against Obama Agenda. According to his CQ profile, Kirk has stood with the Republican Party in solidarity against the Obama agenda. "In early 2009 he showed more solidarity with the Republican party than with the popular Obama. He stuck with his GOP colleagues to oppose all of Obama's early economic measures, including a stimulus package and a catchall spending bill for fiscal 2009." [CQ Member Profile]

Kirk Voted Against Stimulus Bill. In 2009, Kirk voted against the $819 billion stimulus package. The legislation is a balanced package of tax cuts and investments. Of the total package, 36 percent ($288 billion) of the package is dedicated to tax cuts that will put money in the hands of families and businesses to spread throughout the economy, while 64 percent ($499 billion) is targeted to job-creating investments. Under the bill, 129 million working households will receive a tax cut--about 95% of all working households. The legislation includes the most significant expansion in tax cuts for low- and moderate-income households ever. In addition, the bill will fund record investments in education, new energy research and new infrastructure. [Vote 70 , 2/13/09; Associated Press, 2/12/09 ; Office of Speaker Nancy Pelosi Fact Sheet, 2/20/09 ; Washington Post, 2/18/09 ]

Kirk Opposed 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Act. In February 2009, Kirk opposed a $410 billion omnibus spending bill that reflected Democratic priorities. The legislation included nine of the regular appropriations bills for this fiscal year. The resolution funded most of the government at fiscal 2008 levels but includes three fiscal 2009 appropriations bills totaling $630 billion for Defense, Homeland Security and military construction/Veterans Affairs. Those measures devote $487.7 billion to defense, $39.98 billion for homeland security, and $72.9 billion for military base construction and veterans' health care. [Washington Post, 2/26/09 ; Vote 86 , 2/25/09]

Kirk Voted Against FY 2010 Budget. Kirk voted against the FY 2010 budget that embraces the priorities of the President Obama's budget. The budget cuts taxes for middle class families by $1.5 trillion, protects millions of middle class taxpayers from being hit by the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT), and eliminates the estate tax for nearly all Americans. The budget blueprint cuts taxes for 95 percent of American workers, cuts spending (non-defense discretionary - over 10 years - to its lowest level as a percent of the economy in nearly half a century) and cuts the deficit in half over four years. [Office of the Speaker; Vote 216 , 4/29/09]


Narrator: Opposed Obama's recovery act aimed at saving or creating jobs

Visual: Opposed Job Creation
Vote 70, 2/13/09

Kirk Voted Against Stimulus Bill. In 2009, Kirk voted against the $819 billion stimulus package. The legislation is a balanced package of tax cuts and investments. Of the total package, 36 percent ($288 billion) of the package is dedicated to tax cuts that will put money in the hands of families and businesses to spread throughout the economy, while 64 percent ($499 billion) is targeted to job-creating investments. Under the bill, 129 million working households will receive a tax cut--about 95% of all working households. The legislation includes the most significant expansion in tax cuts for low- and moderate-income households ever. In addition, the bill will fund record investments in education, new energy research and new infrastructure. [Vote 70 , 2/13/09; Associated Press, 2/12/09 ; Office of Speaker Nancy Pelosi Fact Sheet, 2/20/09 ; Washington Post, 2/18/09 ]

· Bill Would Save or Create 148,000 Jobs in Illinois. The stimulus bill would create or save 3.5 million jobs - 148,000 will be in Illinois. [Democratic Policy Committee ]


Narrator: Opposed Obama's investments in education

Visual: Opposed Investments in Education

Vote 216, 4/29/09

Kirk Voted Against FY 2010 Budget. Kirk voted against the FY 2010 budget that embraces the priorities of the President Obama's budget. The budget cuts taxes for middle class families by $1.5 trillion, protects millions of middle class taxpayers from being hit by the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT), and eliminates the estate tax for nearly all Americans. The budget blueprint cuts taxes for 95 percent of American workers, cuts spending (non-defense discretionary - over 10 years - to its lowest level as a percent of the economy in nearly half a century) and cuts the deficit in half over four years. [Office of the Speaker; Vote 216 , 4/29/09]

· Budget Supports President's Investments from Early Childhood to Post-Secondary Education. The budget conference agreement accommodates the President's investments in education from early childhood through post-secondary education and training. It includes increased education funding, supports an expansion early childhood education and supports expanding school lunch programs. Additionally, the budget also includes the largest annual increase for Pell Grant awards in the program's history and created the American Opportunity Tax Credit giving students a tax credit of up to $2,500 to cover college costs. [House Budget Committee Fact Sheet, 4/27/09 ]


Narrator: Opposed Obama's plans to move to a new energy economy

Visual: Opposed a New Energy Economy

Vote 216, 4/29/09

Kirk Voted Against FY 2010 Budget. Kirk voted against the FY 2010 budget that embraces the priorities of the President Obama's budget. The budget cuts taxes for middle class families by $1.5 trillion, protects millions of middle class taxpayers from being hit by the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT), and eliminates the estate tax for nearly all Americans. The budget blueprint cuts taxes for 95 percent of American workers, cuts spending (non-defense discretionary - over 10 years - to its lowest level as a percent of the economy in nearly half a century) and cuts the deficit in half over four years. [Office of the Speaker; Vote 216 , 4/29/09]

· Budget Invests in Energy Independence and Energy Jobs. The budget includes billions in funding and tax incentives to development and production of new energy and jobs, including modernizing the electricity grid, making loans for renewable energy power generation, and making government building more energy efficient. In addition, it increases appropriations for energy programs nearly 10 percent for renewable energy, energy efficiency, research, and technological development. [House Budget Committee Fact Sheet, 4/27/09 ]


Narrator: Kirk helped us get into this mess by voting for tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas, costing Illinois jobs.

Visual: Kirk Voted For Tax Breaks for Outsourcing

Vote 247, 6/21/02

Kirk Supported Enron-Style Tax Loopholes. In 2002, Kirk voted against an amendment to stop corporations from re-incorporating in offshore tax havens, such as Bermuda, to create shell corporations as a way to avoid paying U.S. taxes. The amendment was aimed at limiting the practice of companies re-incorporating outside the United States to lower their taxes sharply without giving up the benefits of doing business onshore. The necessity of the amendment was pointed out in a New York Times editorial: "Even in the best of times, it is outrageous for companies to engage in offshore shenanigans to avoid paying their fair share of taxes. Doing so after the Enron scandal, in dire fiscal times and when the nation is at war is unconscionable." The amendment was defeated 186-192. [New York Times, 5/13/02; HR 4931, Vote 247 , 6/21/02]


Narrator: Kirk voted against help for homeowners to prevent foreclosure

Visual: Kirk Voted Against Homeowners

House Vote 519, 7/23/08

Kirk Opposed A Comprehensive Housing Relief Bill. Kirk voted against the American Housing Rescue & Foreclosure Prevention Act, a comprehensive bill that included foreclosure prevention assistance programs, tax incentives for new homebuyers, and stricter regulations for the lending industry. The bill provided $4 billion in emergency assistance funds to help communities hit hardest by the subprime mortgage crisis and expanded the Federal Housing Administration to increase access to affordable mortgage loans. The entire cost of the bill (excluding specific emergency provisions for Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac) was offset by a tax compliance provision in the President's Budget (requiring credit card companies to report more information about credit card transactions to the IRS) and by delaying the effective date of a tax benefit for multinational companies. The bill passed 272-152. [Vote 519 , 7/23/08]


Narrator: And well ... Let's just say Kirk wants you to think he's a moderate. But his record proves otherwise


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ISN'T IT A BIT EARLY TO START THE CIRCUS!

You forgot the Iraq War and all the money he voted to spend on that because he personally knew there were WMD in Iraq based on his experience and connections as a Naval Intelligence Officer.

hardly early. the obama folk have never stopped campaiging.

Thanks E. B. Can't be repeated enough.

These comments just show how idoitic Democrats are. Obama has made the economy worse, and Obama is still spending billions on the war even tough he has the votes to stop it.

Calling Mark Kirk too conservative is a real stretch...I'm a GOP constituent who has been disappointed time and again by his RINO tendencies. For example, he voted against the Iraq surge in 2007 (which won the war!) and he was one of only a handful of GOP congressmen to vote for Cap and Tax.

Attacking him as tied to Bush and not being moderate enough for having opposed the stimulus (which is itself now widely regarded as a huge failure) seems very odd to me.

In the end Kirk will probably be our next Senator, much to the Democrats' shagrin. And mine, because he is a Republican-In-Name-Only.

These attack ads are a JOKE!!!!!

OH NO!!! Mark Kirk voted against Barack Obama's economic recovery plans! PLANS?????? Barack Obama's economic plans are to nationalize everything and take all our options away. His economic recovery plans are to "Spread the wealth". WHAT WEALTH???? It's all getting SUCKED AWAY by..... His economic recovery plan!

It also noted that Mark Kirk:
* Voted against job creation
* Voted against investments in education
* Voted against a new energy economy
* Voted against help for homeowners to avoid foreclosure

Last I checked:

1) National Unemployment is at 10%, UP 2.5% SINCE Barack Obama took office. So whatever job creation legislation did he voted against, GOOD! Cuz, it apparently hasn't created any jobs
2) Investment in Education. Investment in what?Supporting more union-backed wage earners and school districts who can't even balance a budget?
3) Voted against new energy economy? Let's look at the legislation first that he "SUPPOSEDLY" voted against. Does ANY of that legislation truly support a NEW ENERGY economy? AND WHAT NEW ENERGY economy would he supposedly be supporting in voting for it? Solar, Wind, clean coal, renewables, blah blah blah. If you cannot define what NEW ENERGY is, you can't vote for it
4) And regarding homeowners losing their homes, this one's on the banks and democrats...... YOU FORCED the banks to give out bad loans, then your Buddy Barney Frank, Chris Dodd, and others lied to the American people. And then the banks wanted bail out money and TARP to fix the problem, and all they do now is sit on the money. Bottom line, if you couldn't afford the house, you shouldn't have gotten the loan.

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