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ALAN COHN RECEIVES ENDORSEMENT FROM THE SIERRA CLUB

For Immediate Release

October 23, 2014

ALAN COHN RECEIVES ENDORSEMENT FROM THE SIERRA CLUB

(Tampa, FL) – Alan Cohn, candidate for Florida’s 15th congressional district, is proud to announce he has been endorsed by the Sierra Club.

Founded in 1892, The Sierra Club is the largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization in the country. They have recently been responsible for the effort to move away from fossil fuels and toward a clean energy economy.

Kent Bailey, Chair of the Sierra Club – Tampa Bay Group, said: “We are so proud to endorse Alan Cohn for Congress, and wish there were more candidates with his understand of the challenges that face our children and our children’s children.”

Cohn added: “I’m proud of the Sierra Club’s endorsement because as the Sunshine State, there is nothing we enjoy more in Florida than sunshine. We are blessed that we have the brightest minds in solar energy in our district at USF, and it’s about time we start using them. Solar energy is good for the environment, and it’s good for business.”

As an investigative reporter throughout Florida, Alan Cohn has covered chemical leakage, the Everglades, and the piling of phosphate stacks in our community. Phosphate mining in our region has led to a growing number of gypsum stacks, which create hazardous dead organic matter for organisms and bacteria to feed on, creating toxins. This is particularly dangerous near so many bodies of water in Central Florida.

Alan Cohn is a Peabody-award winning investigative reporter who covered Hillsborough and Polk Counties with WFTS Channel 28. As a reporter, Cohn has spent his career standing up for consumers, veterans, and uncovered the biggest case of political corruption in the last decade. Alan is running for Congress in Florida’s 15th District. He and his wife, Patty, live in New Tampa where they are raising their daughter Ann and son Aaron.

 

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BACKGROUND

Congressman Ross backs subsidies for oil industry, oil industry backs Ross’s campaign:

  • Ross has voted to keep taxpayer subsidies to the same oil industry that helps bankroll his campaign [Vote#153, 3/1/2011; Ross pre-primary filing, 8/12/2014]

Gypsum stacks are a big problem in Florida

  • Florida State University oceanographer discusses the hazardous waste, comparable to nuclear material. [FSU Research in Review, Summer 1996]
  • The Sierra Club of Florida discusses how gypsum stacks are a huge groundwater hazard in Polk County, and a radioactive nightmare [Sierra Club of Florida, accessed 10/22/2014]

USF prime to bring back solar industry to Central Florida               

  • Leading expert Dr. Yogi Goswami, a mechanical engineer at USF, creates new method of capturing solar energy [Tampa Bay Times, 11/8/2013]
  • USF regularly schedules “Solar Tours” to highlight the advantages of solar energy [The Oracle, 9/8/2014]

                

Alan Cohn Debuts “Works For Us” Campaign Commercial

For Immediate Release

October 15, 2014

(Tampa, FL) – Alan Cohn, candidate for Florida’s 15th congressional district, has released a new campaign commercial “Works for Us”, that will air now until the November 4 election. The :30 spot emphasizes Alan Cohn’s record of fighting corruption and standing up for working families, and calls into question Congressman Ross’s record of standing up for himself.

The spot can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCvBxkp6VEQ

“Voters have a clear choice in November between one candidate who’s worked for them and another who’s worked for themselves. It’s time we had a member of Congress who works for us.” said Alan Cohn.

Alan Cohn has been endorsed by a growing coalition that includes the 2010 Democratic nominee for FL Governor and Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink (ret), DNC Chair and FL Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Planned Parenthood, the Democratic Veterans Caucus of Florida, and the Florida Alliance for Retired Americans.

Alan’s opponent, Congressman Dennis Ross, is particularly vulnerable as he has been criticized for abusing his position to financially benefit himself and his family. He’s accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars from corporate special interests, including the insurance industry and financial industry.  He has continued tax subsidies to the oil industry, many of whom have donated to his campaign. Congressman Ross has also supported tax credits for companies that ship jobs overseas and deny hiring preferences for unemployed Americans, particularly veterans.

Alan Cohn is a Peabody-award winning investigative reporter who covered Hillsborough and Polk Counties with WFTS Channel 28. As an investigative journalist, Cohn has uncovered political corruption at the highest levels and fought federal bureaucracy to earn benefits for veterans lost in the V.A. system. He won the Peabody-award, the highest achievement in radio or television, for uncovering faulty parts on Blackhawk helicopters that jeopardized countless servicemen and women and forced the manufacturer to admit their quality control issue.  Alan and his wife, Patty, live in New Tampa where they are raising their daughter Ann and son Aaron.

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Background

Congressman Ross exploits campaign loophole for personal gain:

Congressman Ross has unethically used his Leadership PAC as a vehicle for campaign funds to be used as he sees fit, including hotel stays at the Ritz-Carlton, trips to Africa, and more. [Channel 10 News, 11/20/2013, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, 11/21/2013]

Congressman Ross on helping industries, not people, through the economic recovery:

Says increasing the minimum wage is “not right” [Huffington Post, 4/16/2014] despite 60% of the congressional district in favor of an increase [Cohn public poll, 6/2014].

Ross has voted to keep taxpayer subsidies to the same oil industry that helps bankroll his campaign [H.J. Res. 44, Vote#153, 3/1/2011; Ross pre-primary filing, 8/12/2014]

Congressman Ross’s link to financial and insurance industry:

The Tampa Tribune: “[Ross] has received six-figure contributions from banks, brokers, insurers and financial advisers over the last two years, while emerging as a reliable vote on the committee against stricter regulation of Wall Street and the financial industry.” [Tamba Bay Tribune, 10/8/2014]

Congressman Ross has repeatedly voted against key veteran issues despite profiting himself:

While 157 congressional lawmakers refused their taxpayer-funded salary or donated to charity, Congressman did neither. [Washington Post, 2/27/2014]

Simultaneous of taking his salary, Congressman Ross voted to discontinue veteran benefits during the shutdown.  [Blue Ridge Now, 9/22/2013; Vote #477, 9/20/2013]

Congressman Ross voted to allow companies get a tax credit even if they outsource American jobs and refused to give hiring preferences to veterans. [MTR on H.R. 4438, 5/9/2014, Vote #210, 5/9/2014]

Alan Cohn uncovered political corruption leading to State Senator stepping down:

Alan Cohn uncovered powerful county commissioner who financially benefitted from his position and hid a vacation home financed by a local businessman from financial disclosure forms [Video]

State Senator in question forced to step down after pleading guilty to ethics violations [Tampa Bay Times, 6/12/2012]

Alan Cohn’s work on veteran issues:

Cohn’s Peabody-award winning story discovered faulty parts on Sikorsky Blackhawk helicopters. The story had national importance. The investigation culminated in 2006 with Sikorsky acknowledging its defective parts, taking corrective action and leading to a change in their corporate structure, saving countless military personnel. [Peabody Awards, Video]

Cohn’s successful efforts to get back benefits for a lost and forgotten Vietnam vet. [Video]

 

 

ALAN COHN EARNS ENDORSEMENT FROM ALEX SINK

For Immediate Release
October 14, 2014

 

(Tampa, FL) – Alan Cohn, candidate for Florida’s 15th congressional district, has been endorsed by Alex Sink.

Alex Sink served as Florida’s Chief Financial Officer from 2007-2011 and was the Democratic nominee for Governor in 2010. Prior to her statewide role she was appointed by former Governor Lawton Chiles to the Commission on Government Accountability by the People. She gained national attention in 2014 when she ran for Congress for a Pinellas seat.

“I trust Alan will bring accountability to Washington. No one will fight harder for Florida families or stand up to powerful special interests than Alan.” Sink said.

Alan Cohn is a Peabody-award winning investigative reporter who covered Hillsborough and Polk Counties with WFTS Channel 28. As an investigative journalist, Cohn has uncovered political corruption at the highest levels and fought federal bureaucracy to earn benefits for veterans lost in the V.A. system. He won the Peabody-award, the highest achievement in radio or television, for uncovering faulty parts on Blackhawk helicopters that jeopardized countless servicemen and women and forced the manufacturer to admit their quality control issue.

Alex Sink is part of a growing coalition of endorsements for Alan Cohn, including DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Planned Parenthood, the Democratic Veterans Caucus of Florida, and the Florida Alliance for Retired Americans.

Cohn added: “I’m humbled by Alex Sink’s endorsement. Her experience as a financial and government watchdog speaks volumes about my work in holding powerful interests accountable to this community.”

Recent public polling shows the 15th congressional district is in play as a near super-majority of voters cannot rate the job Congressman Ross has done, and less than one-quarter of voters in the district have a favorable opinion of him. More than 60% of the district is in Hillsborough County, where Alan Cohn resides. Once voters are introduced to the candidates, the race is a statistical tie because of Congressman Ross’ low profile and Cohn’s strong showing as an investigative reporter.

Alan’s opponent, Congressman Dennis Ross, is particularly vulnerable as he has been criticized for abusing his position to financial benefit himself and his family. He’s accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars from corporate special interests.

Ross was recently criticized for voting to shut down the government, when he continued to take a salary but voted to discontinue benefits for veterans during the shutdown. He has continued tax subsidies to the oil industry, many of whom have donated to his campaign, while dismissing criticism from constituents on about increasing the federal minimum wage for working families. Congressman Ross has also allowed tax credits for companies that ship jobs overseas and deny hiring preferences for unemployed Americans, particularly veterans.

Alan and his wife, Patty, live in New Tampa where they are raising their daughter Ann and son Aaron.

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Background

Alan Cohn uncovered political corruption leading to State Senator stepping down:

Alan Cohn uncovered powerful county commissioner who financially benefitted from his position and hid a vacation home financed by a local businessman from financial disclosure forms [Video]

State Senator in question forced to step down after pleading guilty to ethics violations [Tampa Bay Times, 6/12/2012]

Alan Cohn’s work on veteran issues:

Cohn’s Peabody-award winning story discovered faulty parts on Sikorsky Blackhawk helicopters. The story had national importance. The investigation culminated in 2006 with Sikorsky acknowledging its defective parts, taking corrective action and leading to a change in their corporate structure, saving countless military personnel. [Peabody Awards, Video]

Cohn’s successful efforts to get back benefits for a lost and forgotten Vietnam vet. [Video]

Cohn took on federal bureaucracy on behalf of an Iraq War veteran [Video]

Cohn protected the valor of our military from imposters [Video]

Congressman Ross has repeatedly voted against key veteran issues despite profiting himself:

While 157 congressional lawmakers refused their taxpayer-funded salary or donated to charity, Congressman did neither. [Washington Post, 2/27/2014]

Simultaneous of taking his salary, Congressman Ross voted to discontinue veteran benefits during the shutdown. [Blue Ridge Now, 9/22/2013; Vote #477, 9/20/2013]

Congressman Ross voted to allow companies get a tax credit even if they outsource American jobs and refused to give hiring preferences to veterans. [MTR on H.R. 4438, 5/9/2014]

Congressman Ross exploits campaign loophole for personal gain:

Congressman Ross has unethically used his Leadership PAC as a vehicle for campaign funds to be used as he sees fit, including hotel stays at the Ritz-Carlton, trips to Africa, and more. [CREW, 11/21/2013]

Congressman Ross on helping industries, not people, through the economic recovery:

Says it’s “not right” [Huffington Post, 4/16/2014] despite 60% of the congressional district in favor of an increase [Cohn public poll, 6/2014].

According to the Economic Policy Institute, increasing the minimum wage would “[result] in the creation of approximately 140,000 new net jobs.” [Economic Policy Institute, 3/13/13]

Ross has voted to keep taxpayer subsidies to the same oil industry that helps bankroll his campaign [Vote#153, 3/1/2011; Ross pre-primary filing, 8/12/2014]

DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz Endorses Alan Cohn for Congress

DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz Endorses Alan Cohn for Congress 

For Immediate Release

Contact: Jon Colmenares, (813) 609-2517

(Tampa, FL) – Alan Cohn, candidate for Florida’s 15th congressional district, is proud to announce that Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chair and Florida Congresswoman, has endorsed his campaign.

Representative Wasserman Schultz sits on the powerful House Appropriations Committee and has served as Democratic National Committee Chair since 2011 after being appointed by President Obama. She is the first Jewish congresswoman elected from Florida and represents parts of Broward and Miami-Dade Counties.

“Alan Cohn’s compelling background as an investigative journalist with a proven record of standing up for Floridians by exposing corruption and government waste stands in stark contrast to his opponent who is out of touch with his district and has used his standing to benefit himself and his family. Congressman Ross is in bad shape if Alan Cohn can maintain the fundraising surge we’ve seen lately given that recent polling shows a close race in November. I encourage everyone to look at this race and keep it on their radar. We need Alan Cohn in Congress.” said Wasserman Schultz.

Recent public polling shows the 15th congressional district is in play as a near super-majority of voters cannot rate the job Congressman Ross has done, and less than one-quarter of voters in the district have a favorable opinion of him. Once voters are introduced to the candidates, the race is a statistical tie because of Congressman Ross’ low profile and Cohn’s strong showing as an investigative reporter.

“I’m so honored to receive Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz’s endorsement because it shows our campaign has the support, momentum, and resources to win in November.” Cohn said. “As a husband and father of two children, my priorities are simple – give middle class families a level playing field by protecting Social Security and Medicare for seniors, passing student reform so college is more affordable, and improving the economy for families and small businesses by closing tax loopholes for companies that ship jobs overseas. I’ll be an advocate for our district as I have my entire career.” Cohn stated.

Alan Cohn is a Peabody-award winning investigative reporter who covered Hillsborough and Polk Counties with WFTS Channel 28. As a reporter, Cohn has spent his career standing up for consumers, veterans, and uncovered the biggest case of political corruption in the last decade. Alan is running for Congress in Florida’s 15th District. He and his wife, Patty, live in New Tampa where they are raising their daughter Ann and son Aaron.

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Former Congressman Patrick Kennedy comes to Tampa

I relish the opportunity to compare what I’ve been able to do for this country, this state and this country to whom I’m running against,” Cohn said in his speech, in which he highlighted some of his stories he’s most proud of. “As I have tried to help veterans, some of them who were eating out of trashcans, prove to the government that they were in combat in Vietnam and Baghdad, my opponent was voting against giving veterans benefits during the government shutdown while he was collecting his own paycheck. So I relish this comparison.

Read the full story at Creative Loafing…

Alan Cohn Receives Endorsement from the Democratic Veterans Caucus of Florida

ALAN COHN RECEIVES ENDORSEMENT FROM THE DEMOCRATIC VETERANS CAUCUS OF FLORIDA

For Immediate Release

September 29, 2014
Contact: Jon Colmenares, (813) 609-2517

(Tampa, FL) – Alan Cohn, candidate for Florida’s 15th congressional district, is proud to announce that the Democratic Veterans Caucus of Florida has endorsed his campaign.

The Democratic Veterans Caucus of Florida (DVCF) is the premiere caucus for raising veteran’s issues within the Florida Democratic Party, state, and nation. Florida has the highest number of disabled veterans in the country, and Florida’s veteran population continues to expand and will soon be the highest in the nation. The DVCF’s platform aims to reduce veteran unemployment, homelessness, and incarceration while increasing benefits and small business opportunities.

“The Democratic Veterans Caucus of Florida is proud to endorse Alan Cohn because he’s proven to be a true advocate on behalf of veterans throughout Florida. He is a true friend of veterans and will continue to work on our behalf in Congress. There is no better leader on the issues than Alan Cohn.” said Phil Giorno, President of the DVCF.

Congressman Dennis Ross, Alan Cohn’s opponent, has repeatedly voted against veterans’ interests, including voting against the Veterans Jobs Corps which aimed to address the high unemployment among veterans, voted against the Veterans Backlog Reduction Act, which would allow the secretary to pay provisional benefits for claims that were still processing, and voted against funding veterans’ benefits in during the government shutdown, while accepting his taxpayer-funded salary that many lawmakers in both parties refused, returned, or donated to charity. Congressman Ross has voted to allow companies to get a tax credit even if they outsource American jobs and deny hiring preferences for veterans.

Public polling shows the 15th congressional district is in play as a near super-majority of voters cannot rate the job Congressman Ross has done, and less than one-quarter of voters in the district have a favorable opinion of him. More than 60% of the district is in Hillsborough County, where Alan Cohn resides. Once voters are introduced to the candidates, the race is a statistical tie because of Congressman Ross’ low profile and Cohn’s strong showing as an investigative reporter.

“I’m humbled to receive the Democratic Veterans Caucus endorsement. I’ve fought for veterans throughout my career and won the Peabody award for identifying faulty parts on Black Hawk Helicopters which saved countless servicemen and women. I’ve uncovered stories of stolen valor and went all the way to the U.S. Senate to confront V.A. officials who would not recognize a Florida veteran with acute PTSD. I’ve fought for veterans my entire career, and will continue to do so in Congress.” Cohn stated.

Alan Cohn is a Peabody-award winning investigative reporter who covered Hillsborough and Polk Counties with WFTS Channel 28. As a reporter, Cohn has spent his career standing up for consumers, veterans, and uncovered the biggest case of political corruption in the last decade. Alan is running for Congress in Florida’s 15th District. He and his wife, Patty, live in New Tampa where they are raising their daughter Ann and son Aaron.

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Alan Cohn Responds to Dennis Ross Ad

For Immediate Release
September 24, 2014

Contact: Jon Colmenares, (813) 609-2517

(Tampa, FL) – Alan Cohn, candidate for Florida’s 15th congressional district, issued the following statement in light of his opponent’s recent television ad.

“Congressman Ross talks about common sense values but he’s used his position to make himself and his family richer. Common sense to him means putting the special interests before Florida families.”

Congressman Ross has been widely criticized for his part in the recent government shutdown, using campaign loopholes for stays at the Ritz-Carlton, trips to Africa, and refusing to return his taxpayer-funded salary during the government shutdown but voted “no” for veteran benefits during the same shutdown. He has also voted to continue taxpayer subsidies to the oil industry while receiving national attention for dismissing a constituent’s concern about raising the federal minimum wage. The oil industry is financially backing Ross’s campaign.

Cohn added: “With four years in Congress and over 10 years in the state legislature, why has Congressman Ross been silent about stopping corporations from outsourcing our jobs, reforming student loan interest programs or increasing the minimum wage? He’s hiding from his record because he’s out for himself.”

Posing as a moderate, Ross was caught saying at a recent event, “I don’t think there’s anything radical about [the Tea Party]. I’ve never quit supporting them…I have no problem with the Tea Party. I’ve never said anything that says that they’re bad or radical.” The Tea Party is most notable for their heavily influential financial backers, the Koch Brothers who are synonymous with the dark money that has entered money in recent elections, who are also funding Congressman Ross’s campaign. The Tea Party has been largely criticized as one source of the political gridlock in Washington due to their extremism.

Recent public polling shows the 15th congressional district is in play as a near super-majority of voters cannot rate the job Congressman Ross has done, and less than one-quarter of voters in the district have a favorable opinion of him. Once voters are introduced to the candidates, the race is a statistical tie because of Congressman Ross’ low profile and Cohn’s strong showing as an investigative reporter.

Alan Cohn is a Peabody-award winning investigative reporter who covered Hillsborough and Polk Counties with WFTS Channel 28. As a reporter, Cohn has spent his career standing up for consumers, veterans, and uncovered the biggest case of political corruption in the last decade. Alan is running for Congress in Florida’s 15th District. He and his wife, Patty, live in New Tampa where they are raising their daughter Ann and son Aaron.

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Florida Alliance for Retired Americans Endorses Alan Cohn for Congress

Florida Alliance for Retired Americans Endorses Alan Cohn for Congress

For Immediate Release

Contact: Jon Colmenares, (813) 609-2517

Cohn is the clear choice for Florida retirees

(Tampa, FL) – Alan Cohn, award-winning investigative journalist and candidate for Florida’s 15th congressional district, is proud to announce that the Florida Alliance for Retired Americans has endorsed his campaign.

The Florida Alliance for Retired Americans (FLARA) is a non-profit organization which promotes legislation and policies that are in the best interest of retired Floridians. FLARA has over 200,000 members and advocates at all levels of government to prepare for the growing population of older Floridians who desire to remain self-sufficient.

“The Florida Alliance for Retired Americans is proud to endorse Alan’s candidacy for United States Congress, Congressional District 15. We support his position to protect and preserve Medicare and Social Security, invest in education, balance our budget and to stand up for the middle class. Alan’s election will enhance the quality of life for all older Americans and their families.” said Tony Fransetta, FLARA President.

Alan Cohn is running against career politician Congressman Dennis Ross, who has received a lifetime 0% rating from FLARA for voting to privatize Social Security, turn Medicare into a voucher system, and to end the United States Post Office which many retirees depend for delivery of their medicine. Recent public polling shows that once voters are introduced to the candidates, the race is a statistical tie because of Cohn’s strong showing as an investigative reporter who has stood up to corruption and is not afraid to take on the powerful. Alan Cohn also outraised his opponent during the most recent federal reporting period indicating a shift in the race toward Alan Cohn.

“I’m humbled to receive the Alliance’s endorsement because it’s a testament that there is a need for new leadership in Washington to work on behalf of seniors. Retirees can trust I’ll work to protect seniors from devastating practices and policies that threaten their Social Security and Medicare.” Cohn said.

Alan Cohn is a Peabody-award winning investigative reporter who covered Hillsborough and Polk Counties with WFTS Channel 28. As a reporter, Cohn has spent his career standing up for consumers, veterans, and uncovered the biggest case of political corruption in the last decade. Alan is running for Congress in Florida’s 15th District. He and his wife, Patty, live in New Tampa where they are raising their daughter Ann and son Aaron.

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Cohn blasts U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross for not having office in Hillsborough

Alan was featured in the Tampa Tribune…

Alan Cohn, a Democratic candidate challenging Republican U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross, blasted Ross at a Tampa forum Friday for not having an adequate presence in Hillsborough County.

Cohn, who lives in New Tampa on the western side of Ross’s District 15, noted that Ross has no office in Hillsborough County even though nearly 60 percent of the registered voters in the district live in Hillsborough. Ross lives in Lakeland on the eastern side of the district.

“This is a Hillsborough County congressional seat … and guess what — my opponent does not have an office in Tampa or Hillsborough County, in the majority of the district,” Cohn said. “If you have a problem with Social Security, or a problem with the VA or the IRS, good luck. No one’s home.”

Read the full story at TBO.com…

Planned Parenthood Action Fund Endorses Alan Cohn for Congress

Alan is proud to have been endorsed by Planned Parenthood…

Planned Parenthood Action Fund today announced the endorsement of Alan Cohn in his bid for the U.S. House of Representatives (FL-15) against two-term anti-women’s health incumbent Representative Dennis Ross. The Action Fund is the advocacy and political arm of Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

“Planned Parenthood Action Fund is proud to endorse Alan Cohn in his bid for the U.S. House of Representatives,” said Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of Planned Parenthood Action Fund. “Unlike his opponent, Alan Cohn understands that health care decisions should be left between a woman and her doctor, without political or government interference. If elected to Congress, he will be a critical ally for women’s health and rights and the services that Planned Parenthood health centers provide to one in five women in her lifetime.”

Read the full release at Planned Parenthood…