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July 28, 2008

Defenders of Wildlife advertising against Musgrave

In 2006, environmental groups placed former GOP Rep. Richard Pombo at the top of their target list, spending millions in advertisements blasting his record.  This election, it appears Rep. Marilyn Musgrave (R-Colo.) is filling the boogeyman role of the environmental lobby.

From the Coloradoan:

A national environmental group launched a new $175,000 advertising campaign today attacking Rep. Marilyn Musgrave, R-Fort Morgan.

With the latest ad blitz, Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund has spent more than $400,000 in just over a month targeting the three-term incumbent. The efforts by Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund are considered "independent expenditures" under federal law and aren't tied to Musgrave's Democratic opponent, Betsy Markey.

The new TV and radio spots once again criticize Musgrave for voting against several measures that would have raised the corporate annual fuel economy standards placed on auto manufacturers. Musgrave's campaign manager, Jason Thielman, accused the environmental group of "falsehoods and lies" in saying Musgrave was opposed to raising fuel efficiency standards.

Musgrave is facing businesswoman Betsy Markey, a former aide to Sen. Ken Salazar (D-Colo.), in the general election.