MIAMI, Aug. 20 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — One South Florida Media Fund, an independent “527” advocacy group, launched its issue campaign today in South Florida to promote an agenda that will strengthen the region’s struggling middle class.
One South Florida’s first web-based issue advertisements focus on the failure of Congressmen Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-21) and Mario Diaz-Balart (R-25) to deal with issues critical to South Florida families.
“Some of our elected leaders have forgotten that they were elected by South Floridians and not the special interest groups lining their coffers,” said Tony Jimenez, a former Bush administration official and One South Florida’s co-director. “It’s appalling that while we are at the epicenter of a national foreclosure crisis, our elected leaders are more concerned about preventing a Vermont Little League team from playing in Cuba.”
The English-language 30-second video, “Out of Touch,” details just how out of step the Diaz-Balarts are with average South Floridians. The two brothers voted to give themselves pay raises and tax breaks to millionaires, while voting against combat pay for our troops and raising the minimum wage for working families.
The Spanish-language 30-second video, “Hypocrites,” exposes the
Diaz-Balarts’ double-dealings in advocating the current U.S.-Cuba policy, which restricts U.S. citizens from visiting or sending financial assistance to relatives in Cuba but allows U.S. multinational corporations to trade with Cuba and reap millions of dollars in profits.
Many of these corporations have rewarded the Diaz-Balarts with more than $100,000 in contributions to their campaigns and political committees.
Both spots are posted on the organization’s website, http://www.onesouthflorida.org. In the coming weeks and months, One South Florida will roll out other components of its issue campaign, in both English and Spanish, via television, mail, radio and phone calls.
To date, the group has raised more than $150,000 in contributions from donors concerned about the region’s struggling middle class and our nation’s misguided policy toward Cuba. “We will have the resources necessary to ensure that South Floridians are well informed of how the actions of their representatives are affecting their personal finances and families,” Jimenez said.