Jul 26, 2012
Congressman Bob Gibbs: Paid for by Washington Politicians
Congressman Bob Gibbs tries to claim in his first TV ad that fellow Washington politicians don't like him --- but in fact, they might just love him.
After Congressman Gibbs voted with his Party leaders in Congress 97 percent of the time even to cut Medicare and force Ohio seniors to pay thousands more for their health care, those same Washington Party Leaders have donated more than $170,000 to bankroll Congressman Gibbs’ campaign. Washington politicians, not Ohioans, are Gibbs' top donor base.
"It didn’t take long for Congressman Gibbs to become part of the problem in Washington, with a near-perfect partisan voting record that's 97 percent in line with Washington politicians and out of touch with Ohio," said Haley Morris of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. "Now Washington politicians are pouring in money to keep Congressman Bob Gibbs with them in Washington because they know he's a loyal vote to protect tax breaks for Big Oil and companies that ship jobs overseas even if it means cutting Medicare and forcing Ohio seniors to pay thousands more for their benefits."
Gibbs Voted with the Republican Party 97 Percent of the Time. [CQ 2011 Party Unity Score, accessed 7/26/12]
Gibbs Has Taken Over $170,000 from Leadership PACs. Over the course of his congressional campaign career, Gibbs has taken $170,400 in leadership PAC money. [OpenSecrets.org – 2012 cycle, accessed 7/26/12; OpenSecrets.org – 2012 cycle, accessed 7/26/12]
Gibbs has Taken More Money from Leadership PACs than Any Other Industry. During the 2012 cycle, Gibbs has received more money from leadership PACs than any other industry. [OpenSecrets.org, accessed 7/26/12]
Gibbs Voted to Slash Medicare, Protect Tax Breaks for Big Oil and Millionaires, Encourage Companies to Ship Jobs Overseas. On March 29, 2012, Gibbs voted for a budget that would end Medicare’s guaranteed benefit, protect $40 billion in tax breaks for big oil, provide people earning more than $1 million a year with an average tax cut of $394,000, and provide incentives for corporations to shift profits and jobs overseas. [H Con Res 112, Vote #151, 3/29/12; Center for American Progress, 3/20/12; Center for American Progress, 3/20/12; Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, 3/27/12; Tax Policy Center, Table T12-0078 and T10-0132; Citizens for Tax Justice, 3/22/12]