Published Thursday, July 22, 2010 | 11:12 a.m.
Updated Thursday, July 22, 2010 | 11:12 a.m.
The liberal group Americans United for Change launched a new ad today thanking Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for his work shepherding the Wall Street reform bill through the Senate.
The ad sets Reid up as a crusader against the financial industry, which is cast as the villain in the economic crisis. This fits into Reid’s point-the-finger-at-someone-else strategy to deflect criticism about the economy.
The ad focuses on the money and lobbying heft the financial industry brought to bear on Congress as it considered the reform bill (not mentioning Reid is number four on the list of congressional members receiving large contributions from the industry.)
“The big banks spent over $400 million to keep Congress for holding them accountable for the reckless speculation that cost millions of Nevadans their homes and jobs,” the ad says. “But they couldn’t buy Harry Reid.”
Millions of Nevadans? Lots of people here have lost their homes and jobs, but with Nevada’s population at only 2.6 million, Americans United for Change might want to check its figures.