The same ad, suitably edited, is being shown all over the country to attack candidates - both incumbents and challengers - who support the federal Employee Free Choice Act. This legislation made it through the House in 2007 but was killed by a Republican filibuster threat in the Senate.
Rick Berman and his corporate benefactors have their panties in a twist over EFCA because it would require companies to recognize a union if more than 50% of their employees sign cards in favor of unionization. (Under present law, the employer can insist on holding an election.)
Opponents of this "card check" provision say it would allow unions to intimidate workers. Supporters say it's needed to keep management from intimidating workers. "Sadly, many employers resort to spying, threats, intimidation, harassment and other illegal activity in their campaigns to oppose unions," US Rep. George Miller (D-CA) said in introducing the bill last year. "The penalty for illegal activity, including firing workers for engaging in protected activity, is so weak that it does little to deter law breakers."
It's not hard to understand why corporations don't want this law passed - and why they're willing to give Berman big money to stop the Democrats from getting a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate and passing it.
No matter where you come down on the card-check issue, the Employee Freedom Action Committee's campaign is a particularly repugnant example of how corporate "soft money" is used to deceive voters and distort the political process. So we're delivering THE BOOT to Mr. Berman and EFAC, right in their big fat Astroturf.