Accusations against Bill Halter once made by a mysterious third party group are now being made directly by Sen. Blanche Lincoln.
Lincoln’s campaign has pushed a mailer that suggests Halter wants to privatize Social Security, an accusation Halter denies.
More here from John Lyon with our content partner, The Arkansas News Bureau:
This week, Friends of Blanche Lincoln, a fundraising arm of Lincoln’s campaign, sent out a mailer with the headline, “Corporate millionaire Bill Halter has a dangerous plan for Social Security.”
“When corporate millionaire Bill Halter was a commissioner of the Social Security Administration in 2000, he wanted to invest Social Security revenues in the stock market, claiming his plan would strengthen Social Security,” the mailer reads, adding that this would have endangered over 600,000 Arkansans who receive Social Security benefits.
In a statement today, Halter’s campaign said again, as it did in response to the Arkansans for Common Sense ad, that Halter’s comments in 2000 were in reference to a proposal by Clinton to invest a small portion of the Social Security Trust Fund in the stock market.
Lincoln supported this same position during the Clinton administration, the Halter camp points out.
But Halter has been ratcheting up his criticism of Lincoln, too, as the Senate primary races tightens towards a May 18th primary date.
Halter’s campaign began airing a radio ad that attacks the Senator’s receipt of campaign funds from Goldman Sachs, the Wall Street investment firm currently under investigation for fraud.
Lincoln’s campaign says she is giving $4,500 in contributions from Goldman Sachs to charity in light of the fraud charges. The radio spot makes no mention of this fact.