Big banks like pigs at the trough?

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

Published February 1, 2010 2:35PM (EST)

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."

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

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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