- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 1, 2015

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A super PAC supporting David Vitter’s candidacy for governor has gone on the attack, with a new TV ad blasting the Republican U.S. senator’s two GOP competitors.

The Fund for Louisiana’s Future kicked off its $2 million advertising blitz last week with a spot praising Vitter. This week, it’s rolled out an ad blasting Vitter’s GOP opponents - Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle and Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne - as supporting higher taxes.

The 30-second ad is running in the Shreveport and Monroe areas, but PAC executive director Joel DiGrado said Tuesday the release will widen to other parts of the state.

The ad criticizes Dardenne as backing a “huge tax increase on the middle class” for his support of the Stelly Plan. The 2002 tax swap plan eliminated state sales taxes on food and residential utilities in exchange for higher income taxes on middle- and upper-income earners.

The higher income taxes have since been repealed, and the ad doesn’t mention that some people received a tax break when the Stelly Plan was passed.

For Angelle, the ad claims he wants to “tax the Internet,” because he said he supports passage of a federal law requiring companies to collect state sales taxes on Internet purchases. People are supposed to pay those taxes in Louisiana even if the companies don’t collect them.

The pro-Vitter PAC, which reported having $4.4 million in its account in the last fundraising figures, intends to run a mix of ads continuously until the Oct. 24 election. It has the most money of any political action committee formed to support a gubernatorial candidate.


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