Davis Campaign Releases Two New Ads: No Proof & Very Best

October 28th, 2020

Ads highlight Betsy Londrigan’s lies about Rodney Davis, Londrigan’s ties to Mike Madigan, and Rodney’s bipartisan work to lower healthcare costs, protect pre-existing condition coverage, and support small business 

Taylorville, IL — Today, Rodney Davis’ campaign for Congress released two new ads, “No Proof” and “Very Best.” The first ad, “No Proof,” highlights independent fact checks of Betsy Londrigan’s lies about Rodney Davis and his family, and also highlights Rodney’s support for the bipartisan Paycheck Protection Program.

The second ad, “Very Best,” highlights Londrigan’s close ties to Mike Madigan and Rodney’s bipartisan work to lower healthcare costs, protect pre-existing condition coverage, and support small business.

You can watch “No Proof” here or by clicking the image below.

You can watch “Very Best” here or by clicking the image below.

Fact Check From WCIA on Londrigan’s False PPP Ad:

“The PPP loan program was supposed to be a lifeline for small businesses, but we got the run around while political insiders got the money first, and funds ran out,” Richardson said in the ad.

Fact check: PPP funds were quickly replenished, and while the application window has closed, the program still has available funds remaining. The temporary lack of funding did not prevent Richardson from applying for a loan. There’s no evidence Davis ever tipped the scales in favor of his brother’s company or against any other company.

“Rodney Davis’s family got to the front of the line for a million dollar payout, and he voted to keep it secret while businesses like ours suffered,” Richardson says.

Fact check: Several hundred thousand companies successfully applied for wildly popular COVID-19 relief loans within the first few days of the program’s opening. There is no evidence the Congressman’s influence expedited their application or slowed down anyone else’s.

The Londrigan campaign cites a vote on House Resolution 6782 to support their claim that “he voted to keep it secret.”

Fact check: The text of that bill would have only required loans worth more than $2 million to be publicly disclosed, and would not have applied to the loan in question.

WCIA video: Fact check: Davis never voted to keep brother’s loan “a secret”

In a tweet, WCIA’s Mark Maxwell said the claims in Londrigan’s “misleading attack ad” are “baseless” and “false.”

Last week, KMOV called the false claims in a similar TV ad from the Londrigan campaign “misleading” and also said “there is no evidence showing Rep. Rodney Davis had anything to do with his family getting PPP.” The Illinois Times also reported, “There also is no proof that the congressman’s family was treated any differently than anyone else…”

Londrigan is closely tied to Mike Madigan

In 2018, the Madigan-led Democratic Party of Illinois (DPI) spent over $293,000 on behalf of Londrigan’s campaign for Congress. Londrigan has received major financial support from DPI again in this election. Londrigan also maintains a joint fundraising PAC with Madigan’s DPI.

A group of corporate lobbyists associated with Madigan who have lobbied for ComEd at varying times have contributed a combined $9,350 to Londrigan’s campaign this election cycle. The Chicago Tribune referred to those lobbyists as members of Madigan’s “inner circle.”

Many Democrats have called on Madigan to resign immediately as Speaker and DPI Chairman, but not Betsy Londrigan. She refuses to call on Madigan to resign.

Rodney is working in a bipartisan way to lower healthcare costs, protect those with pre-existing conditions, and support small business

According to the Lugar Center, Rodney has been rated the 13th most bipartisan member of Congress, which puts him in the top 3% nationwide. He has also been rated the most bipartisan member from the Illinois delegation, Republican or Democrat. Rodney is committed to bringing both parties together to solve problems, and he has a record of doing that in Congress.

Rodney has introduced and supported several pieces of legislation – the Pre-existing Conditions Protection Act and the Continuing Coverage for Preexisting Conditions Act – to protect and insurance coverage for those with preexisting conditions. He also introduced an amendment to legislation that would restrict the President Trump’s Department of Health and Human Service from interfering with pre-existing condition protections, but House Democrats blocked that amendment from passing.

Rodney has co-sponsored and supported several pieces of legislation – the Lower Costs, More Cures Act and the CREATES Act – to lower the cost of prescription drugs. Rodney also supports increasing prescription drug price transparency to increase competition and lower costs. Rodney’s legislation also caps insulin costs and out-of-pocket costs for seniors participating in Medicare Part D programs.

Rodney supported the Paycheck Protection Program in Congress through the bipartisan Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) and other legislation that later expanded and extended the Program. PPP funds have helped save and support over 2 million jobs. Nationally, that figure is approximately 51 million jobs.

“No Proof” Script

Narrator: Seen this ad attacking Rodney Davis on PPP loans? It’s another lie from Madigan Machine politician Betsy Londrigan.

The media says that man never applied for a loan. Betsy Londrigan invented a story to smear Rodney’s family. A Madigan Machine politician, Betsy Londrigan is dishonest and corrupt.

The truth? Rodney’s PPP Program saved over 2 million Illinois jobs.

Lindy: Thanks Rodney for saving our small business.

“Very Best” Script

Rodney: Main Streets in Illinois represent the very best of America. Folks here work hard and play by the rules…

But for too long, politicians in Washington and Springfield have let us down. Betsy Londrigan, she’s part of the Madigan Machine. She’ll bring even more disfunction and corruption to Washington.

I’m fighting for bipartisan solutions to lower healthcare costs, protect those with pre-existing conditions, and strengthen our small businesses. I’m Rodney Davis. I approve this message, and I’d appreciate your vote.