Great Falls Tribune: Local Chamber officials protest parent group’s attacks on Tester

Chamber of Commerce officials in three Montana communities have publicly responded to a political attack ad created and paid for by their parent organization, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

The national chamber organization ran a television ad over the holidays in cities across Montana attacking U.S. Sen. Jon Tester for voting for “$500 billion in new taxes to pay for Obamacare,” which the ad said could cost the country “almost 250,000 jobs.”

Tester, a first-term incumbent Democrat from Big Sandy, is facing a stiff re-election challenge from six-term Republican Rep. Denny Rehberg of Billings.

The race has been pegged as one of the top U.S. Senate races in the country and, as such, political action committees — or PACs — from across the country are expected to spend millions of dollars on TV and radio ads promoting their respective favorite candidate in the coming months.

Some chamber members in Montana were not happy about the tone or the content of one of the national organization’s ads, and chamber officials in at least three Montana cities have responded to complaints raised by their members.

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