FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: June 3, 2019
Contact: Ryan Aquilina
Ditch Mitch Fund Releases First TV Ad Holding Senator Mitch McConnell Accountable on Healthcare
Five-figure ad buy comes as the Ditch Mitch Fund reaches $1 million raised
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Ditch Mitch Fund released the first of a series of TV and digital ads in Kentucky using Senator Mitch McConnell’s own words to hold him accountable.
The ad release comes as the organization crosses $1 million in donations, all from individuals. The group has received over 45,000 contributions from 27,000 donors in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Virgin Islands. The average donation was $22.
The five-figure ad – the first to play on TV in Kentucky against McConnell as he faces re-election – focuses on Mitch’s disturbing record on healthcare.
The ad begins with a man from Kentucky complaining that Kentuckians have had to “listen to Mitch McConnell for 35 years. Like this after half a million Kentuckians finally got affordable healthcare…” The young woman standing next to him then uses a bullhorn to blast McConnell’s own words for Obamacare to be “repealed root and branch,” and McConnell stating, “I think the sooner we can get rid of Obamacare, the better.” The man responds, “The sooner we can get rid of Mitch McConnell, the better.”
“Mitch McConnell has spent 34 years serving corporate special interests like pharmaceutical and insurance companies,” said Ryan Aquilina, Executive Director of the Ditch Mitch Fund. “If Mitch McConnell had his way, half a million Kentuckians would lose their healthcare, and 1.8 million Kentuckians with preexisting conditions could again be denied coverage. We are proud to be a 100% grassroots-funded organization, and we are using McConnell’s own words to spotlight his disturbing record of trying to take away Kentucky families’ healthcare.”
Under the Affordable Care Act, more than half a million people gained health insurance coverage in Kentucky. Approximately 1.8 million Kentuckians with preexisting conditions would be at risk of losing their health insurance if Obamacare were repealed. As a poll last month from Public Policy Polling (PPP) showed, healthcare is the number one issue among Kentucky voters.
The five-figure TV ad buy is running in the Louisville and Lexington markets in Kentucky, and a digital version of the ad is also running statewide. The ad was produced by Mark Putnam of Putnam Partners, who also produced some of 2018’s most talked-about ads, including Amy McGrath’s viral congressional launch video.
The Ditch Mitch Fund, started in October 2018, is a grassroots-funded organization solely dedicated to holding Mitch McConnell accountable, supporting his future Democratic opponent, and defeating McConnell once and for all in 2020.
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