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 BurrOvernight Tech: Uber CEO resigns | Trump's Iowa tech trip | Dems push Sessions to block AT&T-Time Warner deal | Lawmakers warned on threat to election systems | Overnight Cybersecurity: Obama DHS chief defends Russian hack response | Trump huddles on grid security | Lawmakers warned about cyber threat to election systems Lawmakers told of growing cyber threat to election systems MORE (N.C.), Rob PortmanRob PortmanSenate GOP releases ObamaCare repeal bill with deep cuts to Medicaid Senate Dem undecided on 2018 reelection run Five things to watch in Senate GOP’s ObamaCare repeal bill MORE (Ohio), Pat Toomey (Pa.) and Ron JohnsonRon JohnsonRand Paul calls to slow down 'rushed' ObamaCare repeal process Overnight Cybersecurity: Obama DHS chief defends Russian hack response | Trump huddles on grid security | Lawmakers warned about cyber threat to election systems Overnight Healthcare: Abortion language may be cut from Senate ObamaCare bill | Anthem to leave ObamaCare markets in two states | WH launches repeal website 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.