Greens target four GOP senators in major ad buy

Greens target four GOP senators in major ad buy
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Four environmental groups are coordinating a multi-million-dollar advertising campaign targeting four Republican Senators who face reelection fights next year.

The green groups are attacking Sens. Richard BurrRichard BurrFive questions for the House's new Russia investigator Why an independent counsel is necessary in an election probe Senators aim to extend federal conservation fund MORE (N.C.), Rob PortmanRob PortmanFive things to know about Trump's steel order Mexico: Recent deportations 'a violation' of US immigration rules EPA union asks Pruitt for meeting over talk of closing office MORE (Ohio), Pat Toomey (Pa.) and Ron JohnsonRon JohnsonTrump should work with Congress to block regulations on prepaid cards Five reasons to worry about the ShadowBrokers hack Border Patrol could drop polygraph requirement for new agents: report MORE (Wis.) with a total of five ads for their votes against President Obama’s landmark climate rule for power plants.

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“Polluters and their congressional allies have made dismantling clean air and climate protections a top priority this year,” the groups said in a Tuesday statement launching their campaign.

“Unfortunately, Senators Burr, Portman, Toomey, and Johnson have joined in by fighting to allow the big polluters to continue pumping unlimited amounts of carbon pollution into our air,” they said, citing droughts, wildfires, storms and other effects of climate change that show that “these senators need to start placing public health and safety above the profits of corporate polluters.

The Burr ad is being put out by the League of Conservation Voters (LCV); Portman’s is from the Sierra Club; Toomey gets ads both from the Natural Resources Defense Council’s NRDC Action Fund and the Environmental Defense Fund’s EDF Action; and Johnson’s ad is also from LCV.

The ads are being presented as lobbying efforts to convince the lawmakers to change their positions and do not have to follow campaign finance rules. But Democrats are eager to take back Senate control, and some of the Republicans could face tough reelection fights.

Replacing the senators would also help green groups toward their goal of defending the Environmental Protection Agency’s climate rule past the end of this term in 2017, no matter who the next president is.

The video ads will run on television and the web in each senator’s state for a month. The groups declined to give more specific cost figures beyond the multi-million-dollar range.