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HLF Launches Ad Campaign Focused on Puerto Rican Economic Crisis

Failed Policies of Governor Alejandro García Padilla Have Led to Massive Job Losses and Uncertainty

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Hispanic Leadership Fund is a non-partisan advocacy organization dedicated to strengthening working families by promoting common-sense public policy solutions that foster liberty, opportunity, and prosperity for all.

“Puerto Rico can no longer afford the policies of Governor García Padilla,” said Mario H. López, President of HLF. “With 14 percent unemployment, a jobless rate of 39 percent among younger Puerto Ricans, 80 new taxes implemented and 47,000 jobs lost under his watch, the Puerto Rican people have suffered enough.”

The advertising campaign highlights the new norm in Puerto Rico under the leadership of Governor García Padilla: high debt; tax increases; lost jobs; and plant closures.  The advertisement names key employers on the island that recently announced employee layoffs or plant closures, including Abbott Labs, Baxter International, Eli Lilly, Univision, Merck, and Pfizer.

The direction of Puerto Rico under Gov. García Padilla’s and his administration, chiefly his controversial financial guru, Melba Acosta, have led to a growing chorus of commentators and experts, including Members of the U.S. Congress, to call for a control board over the Island’s financial and legal practices.

“The erosion of the rule of law and the disregard for court judgments under Governor García Padilla have led many investors to question whether Puerto Rico is a safe place to invest and do business,” continued López, “this is unquestionably harmful for individuals and families trying to make a better life for themselves.”

Hispanic Leadership Fund’s PAC Congratulates Election Night Winners

The HLF PAC was Proud to Support Winners: Gardner, Curbelo, and Valadao

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November 5, 2014

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WASHINGTON, D.C.–The Hispanic Leadership Fund’s (HLF) Political Action Committee (PAC) today congratulated the winners of the Congressional races which it endorsed.  
 
“The Hispanic Leadership Fund PAC congratulates endorsed candidates Cory Gardner in Colorado, Carlos Curbelo in FL-26, and David Valadao in CA-21,” said Hispanic Leadership Fund President Mario H. Lopez.  “We named these elections among the Top Races for Hispanics in 2014 and are proud that our Political Action Committee endorsed the winners in these electoral contests.  HLF believes it is critical to support leaders who understand that policies based on liberty, opportunity, and prosperity are crucial to our future success as a nation, and that these principles must be communicated effectively to every American demographic group. We look forward to working with these successful members-elect in promoting that same message.”

Hispanic Leadership Fund PAC Endorses Rep. Valadao for Congress

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October 31, 2014

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WASHINGTON, D.C.–The Hispanic Leadership Fund’s Political Action Committee (PAC) today announced the endorsement of Representative David Valadao in California’s 21st Congressional District.
 
“David Valadao has been a consistent voice for Hispanic families in California’s 21st Congressional District, and we are proud to endorse him for a second term,” said Mario H. Lopez, President of the Hispanic Leadership Fund. “From his leadership on the water crisis in California to his promotion of job creation, Rep. Valadao will continue to fight for his constituents and getting people back to work.”

Puerto Rico’s Alejandro García Padilla is the New Castro of the Caribbean

Families in Puerto Rico Suffer While Padilla Plays Politics

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October 31, 2014

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WASHINGTON, D.C.–The Hispanic Leadership Fund today urged Hispanic leaders throughout Florida to join the growing chorus of critics raising deep concerns about the reckless leadership of Puerto Rican Alejandro García Padilla as he visits Orlando on trip to expand his political ambitions.

“Florida’s Hispanics need to know the truth about Governor García Padilla.  He talks about democratic principles. But his authoritarian leadership style makes him seem like he is trying to be the new Castro of the Caribbean,”  said Mario H. Lopez, President of the Hispanic Leadership Fund. “Padilla has embarked on a campaign that has destroyed property rights, shuttered businesses and plunged Puerto Ricans into economic misery.  Florida, especially the Orlando area, is fortunate to be home to thousands of Puerto Ricans who have built thriving communities after fleeing Padilla’s Puerto Rico. But we cannot forget those Puerto Ricans left on the island living under harmful economic policies.”

“Padilla’s ineffective tactics to deal with the Commonwealth’s debt is causing economic pain for all Puerto Ricans.  Jobless rate for young islanders is a whopping 39%, the cost of doing business is significantly higher than on the mainland, businesses are under political threat, and the education system is a civil rights violation.  Governor Padilla should be on the island working to get this under control rather than playing politics on the mainland.”

 

Hispanic Leadership Fund Spends More Than $250,000 on Issue Ads in Three Key States

Ads Highlight Issues of Importance to Hispanic Communities in Colorado, Iowa, and North Carolina

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October 30, 2014

CONTACT:
press@hispanicleadershipfund.org

WASHINGTON, D.C.–The Hispanic Leadership Fund (HLF) today announced the release of seven issue ads in key states – Colorado, Iowa, and North Carolina.  These ads are running in both English and Spanish and are focused on critical issues including education, healthcare, and energy.
 
“Hispanics are the fastest growing demographic in America but our children remain stuck in failing schools and our healthcare and energy costs continue to rise thanks to bad policies supported by U.S. Senators Kay Hagan and Mark Udall, and Iowa Congressman Bruce Braley,” said Hispanic Leadership Fund President Mario H. Lopez. “In just a few short days, our issue ads have been seen and heard by over three million people in these key states. The Hispanic Leadership Fund will continue to spend money to seek to convince officeholders that they need to stand for policies that support and strengthen all American children and families.”
 
Links to the ads: 

COLORADO

Education ChoiceEnglish  |  Spanish

Energy JobsEnglish  | Spanish

Broken Health Care PromisesEnglish  |  Spanish

 

IOWA

Education ChoiceEnglish  |  Spanish

Bruce Braley Misses WorkEnglish  |  Spanish

 

NORTH CAROLINA

Education ChoiceEnglish  |  Spanish

Broken Health Care PromisesEnglish  |  Spanish

Hispanic Leadership Fund’s PAC Endorses Marilinda Garcia for Congress

A Youthful Energy that is Needed in Congress

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October 28, 2014

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WASHINGTON, D.C.–The Hispanic Leadership Fund’s Political Action Committee (PAC) today announced the endorsement of Marilinda Garcia in New Hampshire’s 2nd Congressional District.
 
“In New Hampshire, Marilinda Garcia represents the type of action-oriented youthful energy that Congress needs,” said Mario H. Lopez, President of the Hispanic Leadership Fund. “She has the potential to not only shake-up a tired Washington relying on old ideas to new problems, but to be an ambassador for the notion that we can solve problems by empowering individuals and families, rather than politicians and bureaucrats.  From healthcare to job growth, she has a record of fighting for free market principles, which is critical to economic prosperity in our communities.”

Hispanic Leadership Fund’s PAC Endorses Carlos Curbelo for Congress

A Fresh Start for Florida's 26th Congressional District

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October 28, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C.–The Hispanic Leadership Fund’s Political Action Committee (PAC) today announced the endorsement of Carlos Curbelo in Florida’s 26th Congressional District.
 
“Carlos Curbelo gives a voice to common sense policy and focuses on empowerment of our nation’s children through education reform and opportunity,” said Mario H. Lopez, President of the Hispanic Leadership Fund.  “A successful Curbelo campaign will give voters in Florida’s 26th Congressional District a new start, after the serious legal and ethical troubles that his opponent Joe Garcia has wrought on his constituents.  Curbelo’s background in education also means that he can be an important voice in talking to Hispanics and others who long for a piece of the American Dream.”

Hispanic Leadership Fund’s PAC Endorses Cory Gardner for Senate

A Breath of Fresh Air for the U.S. Senate

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October 28, 2014

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WASHINGTON, D.C.–The Hispanic Leadership Fund’s Political Action Committee (PAC) today announced the endorsement of Cory Gardner for U.S. Senate in Colorado.
 
“Cory Gardner represents a forward-thinking leadership style that prioritizes the importance of individual liberty and economic prosperity,” said Mario H. Lopez, President of the Hispanic Leadership Fund. “Gardner’s desire to empower families will be a breath of fresh air to a Senate that has abdicated its responsibilities in recent years under the iron-fisted style of Senator Harry Reid.”