Unequal Pay Day

It’s 2014. Paying women the same as men for the same work should be a no-brainer, right? Not for many right-wing Republicans. The extreme conservatives highlighted in American Bridge’s new website UnequalPay.com have gone to absurd lengths to block and even undo equal pay protections for women: voting against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, paying female employees less than their male counterparts, and arguing that women don’t really want equal pay anyway, so what’s all the fuss about? The list of these shameful tactics and faulty arguments goes on and on.

In honor of this year’s Equal Pay Day, check out American Bridge’s new website and read below for a few highlights of Republican office holders and candidates whose opposition to equal pay protections should give female voters serious pause at the ballot box.

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MEMO: Rehberg’s Decades Of Disservice

During his three decades in office, Congressman Dennis Rehberg has continually taken positions against the will of the voters of Montana and has gained more notoriety for his antics than any legislative accomplishments.

Some of his most recent lowlights include:

– Supporting a massive land grab by the Federal government which would give the Department of Homeland Security unprecedented control over Montana land.
– Voting to give himself five pay raises at taxpayers’ expense despite pledging not to.
– Suing the Billings Fire Department.
– Having a cozy relationship with lobbyists then failing to report the campaign donations he received from lobbyists on legally required transparency forms.
– Supporting vast government overreach including the PATRIOT Act and REAL ID.

As the general election has now begun, Montana voters will see that Dennis Rehberg doesn’t stand with them and despite his past as a gymnast, he will not be able to twist and turn his way out of his true record.

Read more after the jump.

NY Times: Members Of The House Face Uphill Battles For Senate

On February 15, 2012, the New York Times reported:

Republicans, who need a net gain of only four seats to guarantee control of the Senate, have long been optimistic that they could capture the majority because they are defending just 10 of the 33 seats up for grabs. But their task is complicated by the fact that many of their candidates are sitting or recent members of the House, which polls show to be deeply unpopular.

Read more after the jump.

Huffington Post: Denny Rehberg, GOP Congressman And Senate Hopeful, Blasts Child Labor Regulations

On February 2, 2012, the Huffington Post reported:

In a speech expounding on the rift between rural America and Washington D.C., Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.) vowed Thursday to use his funding powers to stop the Obama administration from implementing new child-labor rules pertaining to agricultural work, accusing the “urban” Labor Department of meddling in a “rural” industry it doesn’t understand.

Read more after the jump.

TPM: GOPer: I Do Not Agree With That Obama As Qaddafi Cartoon I Was Waving Around (VIDEO)

On November 4, 2011, Talking Points Memo reported:

Some recent video of Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-MT) shows the Senate candidate holding up and waving around this cartoon depicting President Obama as the late bloodthirsty tyrant Muammar Qaddafi.

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Here’s the video:

Here’s the cartoon he’s waving around:

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Denny Rehberg Can’t Define “Entitlement”

In this clip, Congressman Denny Rehberg fails to answer a constituent’s question about entitlement programs.

The constituent asks, “My understanding of an entitlement was something that you got that you didn’t have to pay for, like through places where they pay your retirement or they pay your hospitalization.”

“That I don’t know,” Rehberg replies. “I guess I’ve never really looked at the definition of entitlement.” This footage was captured by an American Bridge tracker in Chester, MT, on October 17, 2011.

Read more after the jump.