The racially insensitive campaign ad that ignited an onslaught of criticism against Senate candidate Pete Hoekstra has inspired a flood of fundraising for his chief rival, incumbent Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich.
Within hours after the Hoekstra ad aired during the Super Bowl Feb. 5, featuring an Asian girl commending â€œDebbie Spend-It-Nowâ€ in broken English for shipping U.S. jobs to China, Stabenow launched a money â€œbombâ€ in response to what she called the â€œshockingâ€ and â€œnastyâ€ ad.
As of this morning, one week after Stabenowâ€™s money â€œbombâ€ launched, her re-election campaign had brought in $169,210, about $25,000 more than Hoekstra spent on the ad attacking her.
Critics on both sides of the aisle lambasted Hoekstraâ€™s ad last week, calling it â€œoffensive and insensitive,â€ â€œvery disturbingâ€ and â€œreally, really dumb.â€
The ad attacks Stabenow for supporting policies in the Senate that lead to U.S. jobs being outsourced to China.
â€œDebbie spend so much American money, you borrow more and more from us,â€ says a young Asian woman riding her bike through rice paddies at the beginning of the 30-second ad. â€œYouâ€™re economy get very weak. Ours get very good. We take your jobs. Thank you Debbie â€˜Spend It Now.â€™â€
Hoekstra replaced the controversial ad Thursday and redirected the accompanying web page, debbiespenditnow.com, which featured Stabenowâ€™s face on an Asian fan, stereotypical Asian music and gongs, to his campaign homepage.