Big banks like pigs at the trough?

Liberal group's ad backing financial reform employs a pointed metaphor


Alex Koppelman
February 1, 2010 7:35PM (UTC)

If a new ad from Americans United for Change is any indication -- and given the group's history of being on message with the White House and the Democratic Party, it is -- then the fight over President Obama's plans for financial reform is going to get pretty messy.

The group released a new ad on the subject Monday; it's essentially an attack ad, with big banks as the targets. They're all depicted as pigs that were, the narrator says, "first in line at the trough for their taxpayer bailout – and back to their old piggish ways in no time."

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The spot will be running on cable in Washington, D.C., which means it's aimed specifically at opinion makers and legislators.


Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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