The Iran Deal has spurred a heated debate, and as legislators close in on a decision for the deal next month, lobbying groups are kicking their act into high gear.
The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), Citizens for a Nuclear Free Iran, United Against A Nuclear Iran and the Republican Jewish Coalition are just a few of the groups that are expected to spend between $20 million and $40 million on attack ads aimed at dismantling the Iran Deal.
Most groups in favor of the Iran Deal don’t enjoy such deep pockets
Liberal leaning nonprofit J Street only managed to raise $2 million for a three-week ad campaign in support of the deal. MoveOn.org, who also supports the Iran Deal, announced a donor strike in response to New York Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer’s opposition to the deal.
Other groups are popping up in support of Obama and defending the deal, such as Americans United for Change who recently put $500,000 behind their own ad campaign.
But that’s just the money we know about – another shady political group has been attacking Rand Paul in Kentucky over his past support for negotiating with Iran. The group, Foundation for a Secure and Prosperous America, is listed as a 501 (c)(4), and doesn’t have to disclose its finances.
Most of the ads are running in Florida, Texas, California, Pennsylvania, Colorado Michigan and Maryland.
Voters aren’t particularly fond of negative political ads, but data tells us they tend to work. Either way, we can expect to see plenty of attack ads as legislators decide if they will support the deal or not.
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