Sep 21, 2012
Adam Hasner’s Plan to Eliminate Department of Education Too “Extreme” for YG Action Fund
While the Eric Cantor-Allied SuperPAC previously thought Tea Party Republicans like Adam Hasner were too “extreme” for supporting plans to abolish the Department of Education, it hasn’t stopped the YG Action Fund from running new advertisements that distract from Hasner’s radical and partisan record. If Adam Hasner succeeded in eliminating the Department of Education it would cost Florida $11 billion in education funding, shifting those costs to state and local governments. Under the Hasner plan, Pell Grant funding for college students, job training, teacher grants, special education programs, and school improvement grants would all be slashed.
“Tea Party Republican Adam Hasner’s support for eliminating the Department of Education is so radical that even Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s group calls it ‘extreme,’” said Stephanie Formas of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “With Tea Party Republican Adam Hasner’s support of a radical plan that would hurt our children, he continues to show his priorities of protecting special interests, millionaires and Big Oil over seniors and middle class families.”
Just this week, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) released a video called “Tea Party Republican Adam Hasner: ‘The Indisputable King of Partisan Warfare” to remind Floridians of Adam Hasner’s wrong priorities for Florida’s middle class and seniors.
Republican Leader Eric Cantor-Allied Group, Called Eliminating the Department of Education “Extreme.” In April 2012, the Young Guns Network sent out a mailer that claimed eliminating the Department of Education was an “extreme” stand to take. The Young Guns Network is a Cantor-allied group. [Politico, 4/27/12]
Young Gun Organizations Run By Former Cantor Aides. “YG Action fund, a super PAC, and its sister groups [are] run by two former top aides for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) […] There’s the super PAC, YG Action Fund; the nonprofit, YG Network; and the wonk shop, YG Policy Center.” [Roll Call, 7/16/12]
Hasner the Department of Education Was an “Easy Cut.” “But one thing I know we can begin to do in terms of our domestic discretionary spending is begin to eliminate agencies and departments and transform them into the types of agencies that you would never recognize. The Department of Education, the Department of Energy, Housing and Urban Development, these are the easy cuts, this is the low hanging fruit.” [Southwest Florida 912 Group, 7/25/11]