farm-bill-chartDes Moines, IA – Americans for Prosperity, the nation’s largest and most effective advocate for economic freedom, yesterday announced the launch of a significant effort that combines grassroots advocacy with paid ads calling on Republican and Democratic House members to oppose the Farm Bill.

The latest effort will include email, social media, phone calls, and two web videos that target a bipartisan list of representatives in 15 House districts, including Representative Bruce Braley.

“The 2013 Farm Bill has become little more than a vehicle for massive welfare spending and taxpayer-funded corporate cronyism,” AFP President Tim Phillips. “Americans deserve better than this kind of government overspending and waste, and we’re going to make sure their voices are heard in Washington.”

AFP Iowa State Director Mark Lucas, “The farm bill should be renamed the food stamp bill – at least that would accurately describe what it does. As currently written, 80% funds food stamps and most of the rest funds special interests while pretending to help out the small farmer. Even worse, some of these funds are actually going to members of congress and farmers in Brazil. This is offensive to the American tax payer.”

AFP’s newest campaign includes two web videos: Table the Farm Bill shows that Farm Bill subsidies largely go to wealthy individuals or well-connected corporations, rather than small farmers, while Food Stamps demonstrates that 80% of Farm Bill spending goes to food stamps, rather than farms of any kind.

In addition to the ads, AFP will be empowering activists across the country to engage their representatives through email, phone calls, and social media, calling on lawmakers to oppose the inefficient and ineffective Farm Bill. AFP has also issued a key vote alert opposing the bill, including it on the organization’s scorecard that ranks members of Congress.

You can watch the web videos below:

 

 

Photo credit: Senate Budget Committee Republican Staff (Public Domain)

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