An advocacy group backing President Barack Obama — First Priorities USA — launched its first TV ad of the 2012 election season today. The ad is titled “Oppose the Republican Plan to Cut Higher Education.”
The group’s co-founder and senior strategist Bill Burton said the will run for a few days in Michigan — and begins the same day eight GOP presidential candidates will debate in Michigan.
The group opposes efforts to cut Pell Grants and argues that Washington should take common-sense steps to make college more affordable.
“The Republican plan would dramatically cut student grants and put college out of reach for many Americans in order to provide provide even more tax cuts for big corporations and thewealthy,” Burton said. “Instead of cutting higher education, Washington should be taking immediate action to make college more affordable for middle class families.”
Proposed Republican cuts would make 1.7 million students ineligible for Pell Grants forcing to them to take on further debt or even forego college altogether, the group said.
You can watch the ad here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lr0FNOiqnV0
Priorities USA is an issue-oriented advocacy group registered as a 501(c)(4) group, which means it doesn’t have to disclose donors or limit donations from individual donors, but its primary purpose can’t be political.