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 RyanWhy the rush to condemn a carbon tax? House votes to go to conference on farm bill House backs resolution expressing support for ICE 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 McConnellSenate GOP breaks record on confirming Trump picks for key court Senate Democrats block resolution supporting ICE The Hill's Morning Report — Trump’s walk-back fails to stem outrage on Putin meeting MORE (Ky.), Sen. Pat RobertsCharles (Pat) Patrick RobertsGOP senators introduce resolution endorsing ICE Senate passes mammoth farm bill Moderates need to hold firm against radical right on Farm Bill MORE (Kan.), Rep. Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerRepublican bill aims to deter NATO members from using Russian pipeline Congress must catch up to voters on marijuana issue Senate weighs new Russia response amid Trump backlash MORE (Colo.), and Rep. Tom CottonThomas (Tom) Bryant CottonBipartisan group introduces retirement savings legislation in Senate Overnight Defense: Fallout from tense NATO summit | Senators push to block ZTE deal in defense bill | Blackwater founder makes new pitch for mercenaries to run Afghan war Hillicon Valley: DOJ appeals AT&T-Time Warner ruling | FBI agent testifies in heated hearing | Uproar after FCC changes rules on consumer complaints | Broadcom makes bid for another US company | Facebook under fire over conspiracy sites MORE (Ark.)

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