On World Asthma Day, a new digital ad goes after Pam Bondi over clean power plan

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Tuesday is World Asthma Day, a day to raise awareness about the impact of asthma on the daily lives of over 23 million people in the U.S. who suffer from the ailment.

Seizing on the moment to make a political statement marking the occasion is the group AmericansUnitedForChange.org, who have released a digital ad directed towards Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and the 25 other Republican Attorneys General who are challenging The Clean Power Plan, an EPA rule which limits carbon emissions from power plants.

The ad, called “Harder to Breathe,” features a soundtrack of children coughing through the entirety of its 28 second duration.

“The Republican AGs challenge to the Clean Power Plan is really about exonerating the dirty energy giants from their leading role in polluting our air and the related illnesses it causes the public,” says spokesman Blake Williams. “The only question is: if these AG’s who are supposed to be public servants are instead fighting to protect the bottom line of the polluters who fill their campaign coffers, who’s left looking out for the best interests and public health of the most vulnerable communities in their states?”

Americans United for Change charge that the Republican Attorneys General who oppose the EPA’s Clean Power Plan “are bought and paid for by big polluters,” citing the fact that they have taken in more than $2.4 million from electric utilities, coal mining and the oil and gas industries.

A New York Times investigation published in December of 2014 found that Republican attorneys general have formed an alliance with some of the nation’s top energy producers to push back against the Obama regulatory agenda.

In joining the lawsuit last October, Bondi said the plan would “result in dramatically higher electricity bills and significantly less reliable services for families, businesses, hospitals and schools across the country.”

In February, the U.S. Supreme Court voted 5-4 to halt the Clean Power Plan until at least the final months of President Obama’s presidency.

Watch the video below:


Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at mitch.perry@floridapolitics.com.