Two new ads were released today criticizing Rep. Andy Kim (D-Moorestown) and Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes) over their support for a policy which the ads characterize as the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) “spying” on taxpayers’ finances.
The first ad, created by the National Republican Campaign Committee and targeting Kim, Malinowski, and thirteen other House Democrats, is a Halloween-themed spot entitled “Spying.”
“What’s scarier than Halloween?” the ad’s narrator asks. “Democrats spending billions to hire an army of IRS agents to spy on your bank account. Andy Kim, Nancy Pelosi, and Joe Biden’s plan would give the federal government new authority to monitor your spending. Tell Andy Kim to stop spying on your bank account.”
In a statement attached to the release of the ad, the NRCC said that after polling voters on a number of issues, the message that Democrats wanted the IRS to monitor bank accounts was the most effective issue tested.
“Democrats’ plan to spy on the bank accounts of everyday Americans who spend over $10,000 per year is downright scary,” NRCC Chairman Tom Emmer (R-MN) said in a statement. “Voters will reject Democrats’ efforts to exert more government control over their personal finances.”
A second, unrelated spot from the conservative group American Action Network is targeted only at Malinowski and Rep. Susie Lee (D-NV), and similarly warns of IRS overreach.
“Tom Malinowski: under investigation for ethics violations,” the ad’s narrator says. “Failing to disclose hundreds of thousands in personal stock trades. But while Malinowski tried to hide his finances, liberals want government to snoop through yours. To pay for trillions in new spending, Nancy Pelosi wants government to spy on nearly every American bank account looking for money to spend. Call Tom Malinowski. Tell him hiding his finances was bad enough – so keep the government out of ours.”