In a race that three polls have not put within the margin of error, the Democratic Congressional Committee (DCCC) has launched a new TV ad, “Author,” that attacks Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-Toms River) for accepting more than $400,000 in campaign contributions from special interest groups and then authoring a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
The DCCC is spending “six-figures” on the ad buy in New Jersey’s 3rd district, where MacArthur is locked in a race with former Obama White House staffer Andy Kim.
“Time and again, Congressman MacArthur has put his special interest donors ahead of his constituents and their health care,” said DCCC spokesman Evan Lukaske. “MacArthur took $400,000 from the insurance and drug industries and wrote a health care repeal bill that gutted protections for people with pre-existing conditions and allowed insurance companies to charge older people five times more than younger people. Voters are set to show MacArthur just how disgusted they are with his special interest sycophancy at the ballot box this November.”
The script: “Did you know that Congressman Tom MacArthur was an author? Yes. And he got $400,000 dollars from the drug and insurance industry. What did he write? He wrote the bill to allow insurance companies to charge people 50 and older five times more. Including a chapter to gut protections for people with pre-existing conditions like asthma and diabetes. Yes, Tom MacArthur wrote the book…on how to make our health care more expensive in New Jersey.”