Huffpost Politics

Denny Rehberg Hit Over Wealth, Opposition To Millionaire Tax

Posted: Updated:
Rep. Dennis Rehberg, R-Mont., speaks at a news conference in the Capitol Visitor Center. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
Rep. Dennis Rehberg, R-Mont., speaks at a news conference in the Capitol Visitor Center. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

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."

WATCH:


Related on HuffPost:

Close
Donors Giving $500,000-Plus To Super PACs
of
Share
Tweet
Advertisement
Share this
close
Current Slide

Suggest a correction

Around the Web

Tester, Rehberg worlds apart on energy, environment

Could Rehberg's comments about lobbying hurt in Montana Senate race?

Rehberg giving Akin donation to pregnancy center

 
  Obama Romney
Obama Romney
332 206
Obama leading
Obama won
Romney leading
Romney won
Popular Vote
33 out of 100 seats are up for election. 51 are needed for a majority.
Democrat leading
Democrat won
Holdover
Republican leading
Republican won
Democrats* Republicans
Current Senate 53 47
Seats gained or lost +2 -2
New Total 55 45
* Includes two independent senators expected to caucus with the Democrats: Angus King (Maine) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.).
All 435 seats are up for election. 218 are needed for a majority.
Democrat leading
Democrat won
Republican leading
Republican won
Democrats Republicans
Seats won 201 234
Click for Full Results
Register To Vote