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 RyanHead of top hedge fund association to step down Romney knocks Trump over McCain criticism Paul Ryan joins board of Fox Corporation 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 McConnellTrump blasts McCain, bemoans not getting 'thank you' for funeral GOP senator: Trump's criticism of McCain 'deplorable' McConnell calls McCain a 'rare patriot' and 'American hero' after Trump criticism MORE (Ky.), Sen. Pat RobertsCharles (Pat) Patrick RobertsPompeo jokes he'll be secretary of State until Trump 'tweets me out of office' Senators offer bipartisan bill to fix 'retail glitch' in GOP tax law Kansas Senate race splits wide open without Pompeo MORE (Kan.), Rep. Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerOvernight Health Care: CDC pushes for expanding HIV testing, treatment | Dem group launches ads attacking Trump on Medicare, Medicaid cuts | Hospitals, insurers spar over surprise bills | O'Rourke under pressure from left on Medicare for all Dem group launches ads attacking Trump's 'hypocrisy on Medicare and Medicaid cuts' Trump keeps tight grip on GOP MORE (Colo.), and Rep. Tom CottonThomas (Tom) Bryant CottonSenate rejects border declaration in major rebuke of Trump Hillicon Valley: Doctors press tech to crack down on anti-vax content | Facebook, Instagram suffer widespread outages | Spotify hits Apple with antitrust complaint | FCC rejects calls to delay 5G auction Senate votes to confirm Neomi Rao to appeals court MORE (Ark.)

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