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Sallie Mae takes cue from Charlie Crist, launches ad against Health Care Reform, urges voters to contact Kendrick Meek

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Sallie Mae began an ad campaign in the Miami area Tuesday urging Florida residents to call Kendrick Meek, and ask him to vote against health care legislation — which includes an education reform provision — that would strip companies of the ability to originate student loans. The ads will run in Meek’s district.

The commercial will run through the final reconciliation vote and will broadcast on several television channels in the Miami area.

Sallie Mae said it wants residents to know the education provision is attached to health care reform bill, according to a transcript of the ad. The education measure would put the government in charge of loan origination — something Sallie Mae officials say will needlessly cost thousands of jobs nationwide and puts up to 700 jobs at risk in Lynn Haven.

The ad says the education measure should be publicly debated and any reform should not cost jobs. Full story here.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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