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Casten touts his company in new ad while GOP group blasts it and calls him “shady Madigan-machine politician”

Thursday, Sep 6, 2018

* Press release…

Yesterday, the Casten campaign released their second ad of the general election, highlighting Sean Casten’s background as a clean energy entrepreneur creating jobs in the Sixth Congressional District. Casten released the following statement:

    “I am proud of my background creating hundreds of jobs while fighting climate change,” said Casten. “Peter Roskam has spent 25 years in public office, but can’t run on his own reputation. Instead, his ads just resort to throwing mud and distorting my record. Now, thanks to over 75,000 individual donors we can share the truth about my record of protecting our environment and putting people to work.”

The campaign said the new Casten ad would be seen on TV systems and digital platforms across the 6th District, and that the campaign would continue to communicate through the rest of the election.

So far in the general election, Roskam and his allies have spent millions of dollars on mailings, TV and digital ads. Despite that investment, three different organizations that predict the outcomes of congressional races have moved the Illinois 6th District race from “leans Republican” to “toss up” and a “DEM gain.”

* The ad

* And another press release…

Congressional Leadership Fund (@CLFSuperPAC), the super PAC endorsed by House Republican leadership, today released a new ad, “Fraud,” in Illinois’ 6th Congressional District. The ad highlights Sean Casten’s business record that is clouded by scandal and allegations of fraud. The ad will run on television in the Chicago media market and on digital platforms throughout the district.

“Sean Casten’s business record is clouded by scandal and allegations of fraud, he was even sued by investors for mismanagement,” said Michael Byerly, CLF spokesman. “Casten has spent his business career profiting from insider deals, spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on lobbyists, and taking millions of dollars in corporate welfare. Casten talks about cleaning up Washington, but he’s just another shady Madigan-machine politician who would make Washington worse.”

In addition to the ad campaign, CLF previously opened a field office in Illinois’ 6th Congressional District. Each CLF field office is supported by a full-time staffer and hundreds of interns and volunteers who engage with voters on a daily basis through hyper-targeted phone banking and door-to-door canvassing.

* The spot

* Script

VO: Sean Casten’s business record?

Clouded by scandal and allegations of fraud.

Casten was sued by investors for mismanagement.

Now we learn Casten’s talk of cleaning up Washington is a fraud.

As a CEO, Casten profited from insider deals…

…spending four-hundred-grand on lobbyists…

…getting eight million bucks in corporate welfare.

Another shady Madigan-machine politician.

Sean Casten would make Washington worse.

Roskam also aired his own TV ad about Casten’s company. Click here for that one.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

16 Comments »
  1. - DuPage Bard - Thursday, Sep 6, 18 @ 10:12 am:

    Looks like Peter is a little worried?


  2. - VanillaMan - Thursday, Sep 6, 18 @ 10:20 am:

    ==“I am proud of my background creating hundreds of jobs while fighting climate change,”==

    I’m so happy that you are proud of your background. You saved our planet too. Yay you. If I were a Democrat, I’d vote for you, because I’d believe in man-made climate change and want to pay higher prices for everything to keep this old world revolving and our seasons from going all crazyish and everything.

    But I’m not gullible like your 75,000 donors. I like our booming economy, stock markets and low taxes and unemployment rates - so LOL, I’m not crazy. I don’t want to go back to a bad economy.


  3. - City Zen - Thursday, Sep 6, 18 @ 10:29 am:

    I thought RED was founded by Sean’s dad.


  4. - Da Big Bad Wolf - Thursday, Sep 6, 18 @ 10:48 am:

    So this article says the Castens’ business RED saved Arcelor Mittal (a steel mill) 100 million a year in electricity costs. This sounds like a probusiness procapitalism operation to me.
    https://www.forbes.com/forbes/2008/0915/054.html


  5. - Hamlet's Ghost - Thursday, Sep 6, 18 @ 10:55 am:

    V-Man, so you don’t believe the burning of fossil fuel is causing climate change? It’s all a hoax?

    Seriously?


  6. - Chicago Cynic - Thursday, Sep 6, 18 @ 11:17 am:

    “If I were a Democrat, I’d vote for you, because I’d believe in man-made climate change and want to pay higher prices for everything to keep this old world revolving and our seasons from going all crazyish and everything.”

    Actually VM, Sean’s company focused on reducing climate change profitably. The projects his company did SAVED his clients huge amounts of money as they cut greenhouse gasses.


  7. - Precinct Captain - Thursday, Sep 6, 18 @ 11:18 am:

    Vanilla, for all of that you can thank Barack Obama.


  8. - Chicago Cynic - Thursday, Sep 6, 18 @ 11:21 am:

    “I thought RED was founded by Sean’s dad.”

    Sean was CEO. He also had been CEO of another clean energy company.


  9. - Soup - Thursday, Sep 6, 18 @ 11:48 am:

    V-man has gone full maga, there’s no turning back.


  10. - VanillaMan - Thursday, Sep 6, 18 @ 12:30 pm:

    LOL - you guys.


  11. - Duopoly - Thursday, Sep 6, 18 @ 1:12 pm:

    Dems make a mistake when referring to climate change emissions as a primary pollutant instead of the immediate health threat of toxins that poison our air, land, and water that typically come with CO2 polluters.

    Climate change is a global issue, poisoning is a local issue that resonates with everyone - except maybe Rick Perry and the most extreme “make asbestos great again” crowd.


  12. - Da Big Bad Wolf - Thursday, Sep 6, 18 @ 1:21 pm:

    ==Dems make a mistake when referring to climate change emissions as a primary pollutant instead of the immediate health threat of toxins that poison our air, land, and water that typically come with CO2 polluters.==
    Don’t forget mercury from these smokestacks causes miscarriages. Clean air is ProLife.


  13. - Last Bull Moose - Thursday, Sep 6, 18 @ 4:15 pm:

    Sean needs to do a better job of telling voters who he is. Think of it as a job interview. Clean Energy Entrepreneur sounds good but can mean a wide variety of things.


  14. - JJJJJJJJJJJ - Thursday, Sep 6, 18 @ 10:26 pm:

    Any idea what the insider deals citation is? The commercial refers to Casten’s remarks at a campaign event.


  15. - NorthsideNoMore - Friday, Sep 7, 18 @ 7:29 am:

    Clean energy is subsidized by governments credits and ergo our tax dollars. Buying and selling renewable credits does not make you an icon in the clean energy world. Unless you are actually financially involved in solar or wind etc projects hands on or money in, otherwise its just another investment game. When the subsidies run out you better have gotten your cash out as well.


  16. - Da Big Bad Wolf - Friday, Sep 7, 18 @ 8:34 am:

    Energy is subsidized by governments. Especially fossil fuel. Fixed it for you.
    https://goo.gl/images/9sS5r8


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