While I was going to put up another page soon on Real Deal Seals, this time on Dan's Plan to Tax You Into Bankruptcy, looks like someone beat me to the punch!
As we mentioned below, the Daily Herald is now reporting that "Freedom's Watch" has started running TV ads to support Mark Kirk. The first series is hitting our boy Dan for wanting to raise taxes. Here's the ad:
It's certainly all true -- but I wish they would have provided MORE facts about Seals' tax plan.
So for any reporters out there who might be wondering if the "Freedom's Watch" ad is true or not, I welcome you to check out TA's Real Deal Seals: Dan Seals on Taxes.
Got taxes? Drink Seals.
UPDATED: Dan must be pretty freaked out by the entrance of Freedom's Watch into the 10th District. Guess he didn't see this coming. It's got him about as badly unhinged as Sarah Palin surprised Barack Obama & Co. Just this evening, I got the following e-mail from Team Seals (don't ask how I got on his mailing list). [my comments are in brackets, italicized]
To: Team America [obviously they have me under a different name, or they would not be sending this stuff to TA]
Subject: Dirty Tactics [remember this as you read the e-mail]
They're back. [whaddya mean, "they're back"? Since when has Freedom's Watch run anything in the 10th District? Was this group even around last cycle?]
A right-wing, privately funded swift-boat style ["swift boat" is Dem code for anyone who forcefully disagrees with Democratic dogma] group called Freedom's Watch made a $430,000+ cable advertising buy attacking Dan. [It's okay, I guess, that DCCC has a buy that's about 3x's larger, but let's not talk about that] You may have even seen their latest attack ad that was put on the air today throughout the 10th District of Illinois. [I hope so] Unlike 527 groups, Freedom's Watch is a 501(c)(4) organization, allowing it to conceal financial contributors. [Many of the founding donors are listed on Wikipedia, which is also where it appears the Seals staffers got a lot of their information]
Freedom's Watch is bankrolled by Sheldon Adelson, a billionaire Las Vegas Republican [and who is Jewish, by the way], and the group has been described as the successor of the "Swift Boat Veterans for Truth" group that attacked John Kerry's military record in 2004. [and did it successfully, we might note]
Freedom's Watch, founded and advised by former Bush White House officials [when in doubt, bring up some connection to GWB], including Karl Rove [for bonus points, throw in Rove], has a long record of distorting facts [telling the uncomfortable truth] in their advertisements, including falsely claiming that Iraq rather than Al-Qaeda was responsible for the attacks of September 11, 2001. [better source this one for me, if they can] They've even been forced to pull advertisements they've run in other Congressional races for "false claims and inaccuracies." [Daily Journal, 5/7/08][I looked for this quote/source on the Internet, couldn't find it]
Freedom's Watch showed up at our Fourth of July parades to film Dan. [Hmm..., just like the Seals nutters who follow Mark Kirk around with a camera?]
The footage is coupled with their smears [uh, you mean, the facts] to attack Dan and the positive change [that's all we'll have left is "change", under his tax plan] that he will bring to Washington.
* * * [pitiful plea for money deleted] * * *
OK- so where is the "Dirty Tactics" Seals referred to in the subject line? Is it "Dirty Tactics" to talk about Seals' tax policy and how it will affect working Americans? Once more, Seals proves how Dems can dish it out but simply can't take it.