For Immediate Release
June 21, 2011
Asian American Action Fund Condemns GOP Congressional Candidate Mark Amodei’s Xenophobic Campaign Ad, Calls for Immediate Removal
Washington, D.C.—The Asian American Action Fund condemns Republican Congressional Candidate Mark Amodei’s xenophobic campaign advertisement and calls on Amodei to immediately discontinue the television spot and apologize for his actions.
“The AAA-Fund strongly condemns Mark Amodei’s offensive, fear-mongering campaign ad,” said Gautam Dutta, Executive Director of Asian American Action Fund. “We call on Mr. Amodei to immediately remove this racially charged ad from the airwaves and issue an immediate apology to every Nevadan.”
The campaign ad features a fake Chinese news anchor discussing how “our great empire rose again” because President Obama raised the United States’ debt limit. This is followed by footage of the Chinese army marching on the Capitol.
Amodei is the Republican candidate for the upcoming special election in Nevada’s 2nd Congressional District. As of the 2010 census, Asian Americans comprise 7.2% of Nevada’s population and own over 5% of the businesses in the state.
The AAA-Fund is a Democratic political action committee whose goal is to increase the voice of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders on every level of local, state and federal government in America. To achieve this goal, we address the chronic under-representation of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs) as campaign volunteers, campaign contributors, and candidates for political office.