Liberal groups, supporting Obama budget, target Dems

Two organizations are rolling out ads that put pressure on moderate Democrats to support the president's proposals.

Published March 25, 2009 3:45PM (EDT)

Liberal groups are mounting a new campaign in support of President Obama's budget, targeting members of Congress who are potentially vulnerable to pressure. What's interesting about this is that the targets aren't Republicans, but moderate Democrats looking to cut some spending.

One organization, Americans United for Change, released a new television ad Wednesday. The group says it will probably spend more than $700,000 on airing the spot in places like Indiana, Nebraska and North Dakota -- home to key moderate Democratic Sens. Evan Bayh, Ben Nelson and Kent Conrad, respectively. has launched a new wave of radio ads with a similar goal. As Politico's Ben Smith notes, the spots cast support for Obama's budget as a blow for populism, with a narrator telling listeners "Wall Street firms oppose it" and saying, "President Obama’s new budget will make Wall Street pay its fair share and use the savings to invest in energy, education, and health care to help get our economy moving again."

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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