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Barber campaign calls on McSally to give back Koch billionaires’ money


Tucson, AZ— Ron Barber for Congress called on Martha McSally to return all donations from New York billionaires, the Koch Brothers, and tea party leader Paul Ryan.

“Martha McSally should return the $15,000 she received from the Koch Brothers and Paul Ryan,” said Ashley Nash-Hahn, spokesperson for Ron Barber for Congress. “By taking their money—she’s telling us loud and clear that she supports the Koch brothers’ efforts to eliminate the minimum wage and privatize social security and Paul Ryan’s plan to turn the Medicare guarantee into a voucher and raise taxes on middle class families. If she goes to Washington, she’ll do exactly what the Koch brothers and Paul Ryan tell her to do—Arizonans deserve better.”

In her most recent fundraising quarter, McSally accepted $10,000 from the Koch Industries PAC and $5,000 from Paul Ryan’s Prosperity Action Committee. McSally also received over $17,000 from a high dollar fundraiser with John Boehner.

Barber dramatically steps up fundraising, Campaign has more than $1.2 million cash on hand


Tucson, AZ — Southern Arizonan Ron Barber’s reelection campaign announced today that it has raised more than $1.6 million since the start of the 2014 cycle, including more than $422,000 in 2014, leaving it with more than $1.2 million cash on hand.

“The reason our campaign has more cash on hand than Martha McSally’s is that Southern Arizonans support Ron Barber,” said Ashley Nash-Hahn, spokesperson for the Ron Barber Campaign. “Since McSally has been adopted by the Koch Brothers, she will have a well-funded campaign, and that’s why she would do exactly what the Koch billionaires tell her to do if she went to Congress—vote to eliminate the minimum wage, increase health care costs for seniors and raise taxes on middle class families. She would even vote to privatize Social Security. Southern Arizonans know that we can’t trust McSally to look out for us.” Read More >>>



Tucson, AZ — Today, as the Republican Congress passed Paul Ryan’s reckless, job-killing budget, billionaire-backed candidate Martha McSally continued to hide her support for the plan, which would increase health care costs for seniors and raise taxes on middle class families in order to fund tax cuts for millionaires (according to the Office of Management and Budget).

“It’s wrong to turn Medicare into a voucher program and reopen the prescription drug donut hole which would cost seniors thousands of dollars. That’s what the Ryan Budget would do, and that’s why I voted against it.” said Ron Barber. “Martha McSally is a known supporter of Ryan’s budget plans which would make massive cuts to Medicare and force seniors to pay more for health care to give tax breaks to millionaires. And Arizonans deserve to know why she supports doing this kind of damage to our families.”

Under the Ryan budget, seniors would see their prescription drug costs increase by nearly $1,200 a year, while premiums would soar by fifty percent. Under the plan, middle class families would pay on average $2,000 more in taxes each year. Read More >>>

Barber Calls on McSally to Support the Paycheck Fairness Act


Tucson, AZ — Today Ron Barber of Southern Arizona’s Second Congressional District, called on his opponent to take a position on the Paycheck Fairness Act, a bill that would ensure women receive equal pay for equal work. Barber is pushing the bill in Congress as a way of improving the U.S. economy.

“I believe in the Paycheck Fairness Act because equal pay for men and women is the right thing to do. It’s good for Arizona families and our economy. It’s time for Martha McSally to stop hiding and to tell us which way she’d vote,” said Ron Barber. “Martha McSally’s military service record is impressive. However, she has been running for Congress for over two years now, and she has yet to take a position on equal pay. Southern Arizona deserves to know where she stands on this important issue affecting our families’ economic well-being.”

Barber called out McSally’s silence on equal pay during a roundtable discussion with Southern Arizona women.  Click here to see a photo of the event. Read More >>>



Tucson, AZ — Today, after Congressman Paul Ryan and Speaker John Boehner re-introduced their reckless plan to balance the budget on the backs of seniors and middle class families, Southern Arizonan Ron Barber called out Martha McSally for her support of their plans to raise taxes on middle class families, give sweetheart tax deals to millionaires, and end the Medicare guarantee by turning it into a voucher program.

“I opposed Paul Ryan’s reckless budget plan in 2012 and 2013, and I’m standing up to his plan once again, because it’s wrong to give sweetheart tax deals to millionaires and to ask middle class families to pay more. It’s wrong to make seniors pay thousands of dollars more each year for Medicare or turn it into a voucher program,” said Barber. “In 2012, Martha McSally told us that she would vote for Paul Ryan’s budget. Arizonans reject any plan that raises middle class taxes and turns Medicare into a voucher program, and we should listen to them.”

The controversial Paul Ryan Republican budget in previous years gave people making over $1 million per year a $394,000 tax cut and raised taxes on families making less than $200,000 by $3,000 a year.

The AARP said that Ryan’s previous budget would “simply increase costs for beneficiaries while removing Medicare’s promise of secure health coverage” and the non- partisan Congressional Budget Office found Medicare benefits “would likely shrink.” McSally told Tucson’s KGUN-9 News that she would have voted for that budget.  [KGUN 9 News, 4/09/12] Read More >>>