Once around the presidential park, James, and don’t spare the horses:
• Another Heat-Seeking Mittsile Launched From Chicago
From Business Insider:
New Obama Campaign Ad Ties Mitt Romney To Notorious Tax Shelter Scandal
President Barack Obama‘s presidential campaign released a new television ad this afternoon that links Mitt Romney to the Son Of BOSS tax shelter scandal.
The ad, “Son of Boss,” pivots off of a new CNN op-ed from tax lawyer Peter C. Canellos and tax expert Edward D. Kleinbard, which raises questions about Romney’s involvement in, and awareness of, Marriott International’s use of Son of Boss tax shelters as a member of the hotel conglomerate’s board of directors during the 1990s.
As the op-ed points out, Romney is close personal friends with the Marriott family, and joined the Marriott board of directors in 1993. He served as the board’s chairman of the audit committee from 1993 until 1998, the same time period in which Marriott used the “Son of BOSS,” tax shelter, a transaction that was later labeled “abusive” by the IRS. According to Canellos and Kleinbard, Romney, as audit chair, would have been required to approve this transaction.
Yeah – and when did he stop beating Ann Romney’s horse?
• Bipartisan War On Women Escalates
From ABC’s The Note:
ROMNEY, OBAMA LAUNCH DUELING ‘WAR ON WOMEN’ ADS. ABC’s Amy Bingham reports, days after the Obama campaign released an ad criticizing Romney for wanting to cut Planned Parenthood funding and being “really out of touch with the average woman’s health issues,” Romney’s campaign released an ad that accuses the president of using his health care law to wage a “war on religion.” ”President Obama used his health care plan to declare war on religion, forcing religious institutions to go against their faith,” says the narrator in the 30-second spot released online Thursday. “Mitt Romney believes that’s wrong.” Obama is on a two-day swing through Colorado, touting the women’s health provisions in his health care law. http://abcn.ws/NdFRTO
Once again, as too often happens, women are the political wishbone. They deserve better.
• Mitt Romney, Pickpocket
First Romney was a felon. Now he’s a common criminal.
From Politico’s Morning Score:
SNEAK PEEK AT NEW MOVEON AD: MoveOn.org member demonstrations and a new TV ad will bracket Romney’s bus tour, which the liberal group is labeling “The Romney Plan to Pickpocket the Middle Class Tour.” A 30-second ad, called “Pickpocket,” will air in each city along Romney’s four-state tour. It features a creepy-looking Romney hand pickpocketing middle class voters’ pockets as way of illustrating how his tax plan works. It’s built around the Tax Policy Center report that shows some would see their taxes go up. The group will also have protesters at several of the stops to highlight that he’s in the 1%. Watch: Watch:http://bit.ly/P4OPRx.
This ad is so cheesy, it should only run in Wisconsin.