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 RyanTrump quietly rolled back programs to detect, combat weapons of mass destruction: report Ocasio-Cortez top aide emerges as lightning rod amid Democratic feud Juan Williams: GOP in a panic over Mueller 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 McConnellThe Hill's Morning Report: Trump walks back from 'send her back' chants GOP rattled by Trump rally Third Kentucky Democrat announces challenge to McConnell MORE (Ky.), Sen. Pat RobertsCharles (Pat) Patrick RobertsThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump seizes House impeachment vote to rally GOP Pompeo on Senate run: 'I always leave open the possibility that something will change' CNN's Cuomo spars with Kris Kobach over whether Trump's tweet was racist MORE (Kan.), Rep. Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerTrump angry more Republicans haven't defended his tweets: report The Hill's Morning Report - A raucous debate on race ends with Trump admonishment Republicans scramble to contain Trump fallout MORE (Colo.), and Rep. Tom CottonThomas (Tom) Bryant CottonLawmakers introduce bill to block U.S. companies from doing business with Huawei Five things to know about Iran's breaches of the nuclear deal Hillicon Valley: Trump gets pushback after reversing course on Huawei | China installing surveillance apps on visitors' phones | Internet provider Cloudflare suffers outage | Consumer groups look to stop Facebook cryptocurrency MORE (Ark.)

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