A liberal group called the Agenda Project is out with a new ad that shows dead bodies and blames Republican-backed budget cuts for deaths from Ebola. 

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The ad includes a montage of Republican lawmakers saying the word "cut" before showing images of what appear to be people who died from Ebola in Africa. The ad ends with the message: "Republican cuts kill," before the final word on-screen, "vote."

Democratic lawmakers, such as Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), the ranking member of the Budget Committee, have blamed Republican budget cuts for slowing the response to Ebola.

The ad from Agenda Project features a clip of a National Institutes of Health official testifying before Congress that leaving the agency's budget flat for the past 10 years has been "damaging."

The NIH director, Dr. Francis Collins, told The Huffington Post on Friday that an Ebola vaccine would be ready by now if it were not for budget cuts over the past 10 years.

This ad makes that argument in particularly harsh terms.

It's not the first time that the Agenda Project has stirred controversy with a campaign ad. In 2011, the group made an ad protesting Rep. Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanGOP leaders pitch children's health funding in plan to avert shutdown Lawmakers see shutdown’s odds rising Fix what we’ve got and make Medicare right this year MORE's (R-Wis.) Medicare proposal by showing an elderly woman in a wheelchair being pushed off a cliff.

The latest ad includes several Republicans in tight races this year saying the word "cut," including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSessions: 'We should be like Canada' in how we take in immigrants NSA spying program overcomes key Senate hurdle Overnight Finance: Lawmakers see shutdown odds rising | Trump calls for looser rules for bank loans | Consumer bureau moves to revise payday lending rule | Trump warns China on trade deficit MORE (Ky.), Sen. Pat RobertsCharles (Pat) Patrick RobertsGOP senators eager for Romney to join them Canada tamps down worries about US NAFTA withdrawal Canada worried Trump will withdraw from NAFTA: report MORE (Kan.), Rep. Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerDurbin: Senators to release immigration bill Wednesday GOP senators eager for Romney to join them Gardner: Bipartisan DACA solution possible despite Trump's 's---hole countries' comment MORE (Colo.), and Rep. Tom CottonTom CottonMcCarthy: ‘No deadline on DACA’ DHS chief takes heat over Trump furor Lawmakers see shutdown’s odds rising MORE (Ark.)

McClatchy reports the group is planning ad buys in the battleground states of Kentucky, South Dakota, North Carolina and Kansas.