New US Senate ad highlights education funding

Posted June 30, 2014

This is a still image from Senate Majority PAC's "Yacht" ad.

— A group backing U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan in her re-election campaign on Monday will begin running a new ad critical of state House Speaker Thom Tillis' education funding record.

Tillis, a Republican, is challenging Hagan, a Democrat, in a campaign that is heavily laced with state legislative politics. Hagan is a former Senate budget writer, and Tillis serves as the leader of the state House. 

Senate Majority PAC is an independent expenditure group allied with Democrats and closely associated with U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. The group plans to spend $800,000 to run the new ad over the next 13 days, according to a spokesman. 

The ad features a number of claims about the North Carolina General Assembly's record of funding education, including the state's relatively low rank in funding teacher salaries and cuts to teaching positions. 

The ad contrasts those cuts against a 2013 tax bill that allowed purchasers of big boats to keep a sales tax break. The punchline of the commercial features a teacher leading a group of students up to a yacht, whose owner asks what she is doing.

"Our classroom is too small. I thought we could use your yacht," the teacher replies. 

The ad comes as House and Senate legislative leaders are trying to negotiate a final 2014-15 state budget. A primary feature of that debate is by how much the state will raise teacher salaries and how those salaries will be paid. 

"Thom Tillis is trying to use political smoke and mirrors to convince voters that he isn't as reckless as his record would show," said Ty Mastdorf, campaign director for Senate Majority PAC.


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  • Charlie Watkins Jul 1, 2014
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    Make the parents of those with school children pick up the extra tab. I am tired of paying for kids to get educated when I do not have any.

    If you got 'em pay for 'em. That is the way to fix the broken system.

    I think it is called taking responsibility.

  • Kenny Dunn Jun 30, 2014
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    This is too easy a target. Hopefully people will listen.

  • Dadzilla Jun 30, 2014

    So, Harry Reid, who spends every other day on the Senate floor criticizing a couple rich people who are running conservative ads in key states, is using his PAC to run ads in our state promoting a Democrat candidate?
    I think Senator Reid has now become the pot calling the kettle black.

  • Jack Jones Jun 30, 2014
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    Education for our children is a very low priority for Tillis. The fracking people are lining his pockets and getting his attention.

  • weasel2 Jun 30, 2014

    All the money in the world can't fix a broke system. Starting with the lack of parenting at home.

  • Terry Watts Jun 30, 2014
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    MEP?!? Disingenuous?!? Never!

  • iopsyc Jun 30, 2014

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    That proposed raise is tied to some pretty unappealing conditions. It's disingenuous to only speak to the positive aspect of it, while ignoring the negative.

  • Greg Boop Jun 30, 2014
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    An effective ad for getting the point across.

  • TheCape Jun 30, 2014

    A vote for an establishment candidate is a vote against your future. Be smart NC!

  • Olenc Native Jun 30, 2014
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    Get 'em.

    the latest polls from Civitas (very conservative group) has Hagan LEADING!!!