American Future Fund Launches ‘Hagel No’ Campaign
For Immediate Release: Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Contact: Mandy Fletcher Fraher (515) 720-5250
Des Moines, IA – Noted conservative C4 group, The American Future Fund, has launched a national multi-media advocacy campaign today called “Hagel No.” It is the premier effort in opposition to the nomination of former Senator Chuck Hagel to be Secretary of Defense. The well-funded effort is the first major issue campaign undertaken by any major C4 since this Congress was sworn in signaling a major battle over the controversial nomination.
Nick Ryan, Founder of the American Future Fund, said: “The American Future Fund strongly opposes the nomination of Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense. He has a pattern of unethical behavior; failing to disclose assets and trading favors with industries the American people trusted him to regulate. Hagel’s politically expedient change of heart regarding Iran policy and shallow apologies proves he is just another politician willing to say anything to gain power.”
AFF launched a new web platform, Hagelno.com today along with full page print ads in DC publications set to run tomorrow. They will continue rolling out the campaign Friday and next week in additional outlets.
Hagel has come under fire from conservatives, noted Democrats – both in and out of Congress, and from the left-leaning Washington Post editorial board. Much of the controversy of this flawed nominee hinges on his odd worldview regarding the United States’ strongest ally in the Middle East, his willingness to gut defense even further than former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and his bizarre positions on not supporting sanctions against Iran.
“Our nation needs a person of conviction who can provide our President with sound counsel in times of crisis, a person whose record is void of conflicts of interest. Sadly, Mr. Hagel brings neither of these to this critical role at a time our nation is dealing with emerging and growth threats from areas of the world Mr. Hagel has profited from.
There are many able and qualified men and women from both parties the President could have nominated, and it is our hope that the Senate, as it learns more about Mr. Hagel’s conflicts, will utilize its constitutional role of advising and consenting to the fullest capacity,” concluded Ryan.
The AFF campaign will be nationwide, focused on the many disqualifying characteristics of the Hagel nomination – including not only his now well-known statements against Israel and his weak opposition to the Iranian nuclear threat, but also his to be disclosed personal, business and ethical conflicts. The “Hagel No” campaign will encompass national and state-specific media, as well as a corresponding online campaign in opposition to the Hagel nomination.
Additional releases in the coming days will detail specific “Hagel No” initiatives.
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