Senate Majority PAC Defends Tester in First Statewide Ad in Montana

Spot pushes back against Americans for Prosperity’s health care attack

Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., is getting some help on the airwaves from Senate Majority PAC. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A Democratic super PAC is defending Montana Sen. Jon Tester from a recent attack by Americans for Prosperity with a TV ad of its own.

Senate Majority PAC, which supports Senate Democrats, is debuting its first statewide TV ad in Montana on Tuesday, backed by a $400,000 buy.

The ad responds to a $560,000 statewide TV and digital ad that Americans for Prosperity launched last week attacking Tester for not voting to dismantle the 2010 health care law. The message was a departure for the  Koch brothers-supported group, which has focused on votes against last year’s tax overhaul in recent ads against other vulnerable Senate Democrats.

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Senate Majority PAC’s ad opens with imagery of the Koch brothers to paint a contrast with Tester. “They’re not from Montana and their attacks on Jon Tester just aren’t true,” the narrator says.

“They wanted a health care bill that would raise premiums 20 percent,” the narrator continues.

“Throughout his time in the Senate, Tester has fought to lower drug prices, protect Medicare and secure affordable healthcare for hardworking Montanans,” Senate Majority PAC spokesperson Chris Hayden said in a statement.

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