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Newsweek: Political First Responders

May 07, 2014

Newsweek is out today with a must read profile of American Bridge, describing Bridge’s beginnings and featuring some of our best successes from our first two cycles thus far.

In 2012, American Bridge was quick to point out Mitt Romney’s missteps and hypocrisy:

When GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney said illegal immigrants come to the U.S. for a “free deal,” Bridge recorded the comment and gave it to super PACs and unions, which used it in Spanish-language ads across the country.When Romney said “I get speaker’s fees from time to time, but not very much,” Bridge quickly circulated a video showing “not very much” was actually $374,327.62, sparking a media firestorm.

This cycle, American Bridge is holding House, Senate and Gubernatorial candidates accountable for their words and actions:

This cycle, Bridge has ventured into governors races and is already landing punches. In Illinois, the Republican candidate for governor, billionaire businessman Bruce Rauner, ran into trouble when he supported lowering the minimum wage. That position turned out to be political suicide, so in January Rauner flip-flopped and offered qualified support for raising the minimum wage. Enter American Bridge.

The next day, the group released footage a Bridge tracker had caught a few months earlier of Rauner addressing Ford County Republicans at a golf club. “I am adamantly, adamantly against raising the minimum wage,” he said in the video.

You can read the entire Newsweek piece here.

Published: May 7, 2014

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