Denny Rehberg Hit Over Wealth, Opposition To Millionaire Tax

09/05/2012 12:55 pm ET | Updated Sep 05, 2012

Democrats are back with another whack at Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.) for being a rich guy who voted to protect tax breaks for the wealthy.

In an ad set to start running this week in the Montana Senate race, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee accuses Rehberg, the 62nd most wealthy member of the House, of looking out for himself in voting against the so-called Buffett Rule last spring. The Buffett Rule never passed, but would have required millionaires to pay a minimum of 30 percent of their income in taxes.

"The average Montanan makes $36,000 a year. And pays their fair share of taxes," says the spot, which is part of the multimillion-dollar ad buy the DSCC has made in the race. "But Dennis Rehberg thinks millionaires like him shouldn’t have to. Rehberg opposes the Buffett Rule that would force millionaires to pay taxes at the same rates as the rest of us. Higher tax rates for you. Lower tax rates for millionaires like him. Dennis Rehberg. Out for himself. Not us."

The theme that Republicans are focused on protecting the wealthy was front and center at the Democratic National Convention Tuesday night, and this is at least the third ad to criticize Rehberg for his support for wealthy interests.

The DSCC is backing incumbent Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) in one of the nation's tightest Senate races.

Rehberg's campaign was not impressed with the latest offering from the opposition.

"Montanans know that while Denny supports lower tax rates for everyone, Tester supports President Obama's tax-and-spend agenda 95 percent of the time and he's voted for higher taxes on everything from wheelchairs and mammography units, to Social Security benefits, to student loans, and even a higher death tax," said Rehberg spokesman Chris Bond. "So if liberal Tester's out-of-state allies want to waste millions of dollars trying to convince people to trust Tester and Obama over Rehberg and Romney when it comes to their taxes, that's just fine with us."

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