SEATTLE - The League of Women Voters
says the name of one new
political group is too close for comfort - and has asked the League of
American Voters to stop using the similar name. The two groups are on
completely different sides in the health care reform debate; the League of Women Voters
supports a public insurance option, while the League of American Voters is running TV ads to "stop Obama Care."
The League of Women Voters
calls the ads misleading and
inflammatory, and Washington member Susan Eidenschink is concerned
people are confusing the two groups.
"When they hear something, they'll kind-of attribute it to an
organization that they're familiar with. When League members or others
hear that the League of American Voters does not support that - they're
The League of American Voters' ad says health care reform will "end
Medicare as we know it," "limit life-saving medicines," and "hurt
seniors." Leaders of the League of Women Voters
of Washington have contacted the other group, which Eidenschink says does not intend to budge.
"They've basically said that what they have in the ad is perfectly
fine. They don't see any reason they shouldn't continue to call
themselves the 'League of American Voters.'"
Of course, a number of other groups also call themselves "voters' leagues" of one kind or another, but the League
of Women Voters≤/em> says this one concerns them because its sources
of funding are unclear. More information about the "Health Care Ad
Wars" is online at www.lwv.org; see link to the National Journal article of Sept. 14, 2009.