Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is up with her first television ad in New York City, releasing an ad that focuses on cleaning up Washington.
It’s the Democratic senator’s first ad in the expensive NYC media market and her second of her campaign as she seeks re-election to a full, six-year term.
She has $10 million in the bank as of June, so she can afford a few NYC ads. Her Republican opponent Wendy Long has struggled to raise money and had just $96,411 on hand.
In the ad, which shows her in an office, touts her efforts to pass the STOCK Act, which bans inside trading by congressional members and an end to automatic pay raises in Congress. The STOCK Act faces administrative and judicial review.
Updated: Here’s Long’s response.
“As always, Senator Gillibrand likes to have it both ways touting cosmetic reforms while personally profiting from an insider trading strategy focused on shorting mortgage companies, builders and real estate investments during the very depths of America’s housing crisis. It’s never right for a U.S. Senator to bet against America, but that is exactly what Senator Gillibrand did and now she wants New Yorker’s to think it’s ok just because she posted it in on her website. New Yorkers, especially those laid off at companies like Sikorsky and Welch Allyn, deserve to know if their Senator is getting richer at their expense by betting against their future and profiting from her support of disastrous economic policies.”
Here’s the script:
I’m Kirsten Gillibrand and I believe members of Congress should play by the exact same rules as families like yours.
That’s why I took on my own party to end automatic Congressional pay raises.
I was the first member to publish my Senate meetings, requests for funding, and personal income taxes on-line.
And even though it wasn’t popular in Congress, I just passed a new law that – for the first time – bans members of Congress from insider trading.
I approve this message because fixing our economy starts with cleaning up the way Washington works.