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Americans for Prosperity launches campaign targeting six Democrats to oppose ending filibuster

Americans for Prosperity launches campaign targeting six Democrats to oppose ending filibuster
© Greg Nash

Advocacy group Americans for Prosperity (AFP) has launched a six-figure campaign targeting several Democratic senators to oppose ending the filibuster. 

The campaign will mobilize grassroots activists against ending the filibuster, which AFP argues would lead to “partisanship on steroids”, create a revolving door of the most extreme policies, stifle debate and have a destructive effect on American institutions, according to a spokesperson. 

AFP expects to spend roughly $500,000 on this initiative, deemed “Don’t Bust The Filibuster.” The advocacy group was co-founded by GOP mega-donor Charles Koch.

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The first phase of the campaign involves focusing on six Democrats and launching digital and radio advertising along with the grassroots effort. The targeted Democratic lawmakers include Sens. Kyrsten SinemaKyrsten Sinema Biden to host Sinema for meeting on infrastructure proposal Senate Republicans attack Democratic bill as 'politically motivated ... takeover' of election system Senate poised for all-day brawl over sweeping elections bill MORE (Ariz.), Chris CoonsChris Andrew CoonsBiden to go one-on-one with Manchin US, Iran signal possible breakthroughs in nuke talks How the United States can pass Civics 101 MORE (Del.), Jon TesterJonathan (Jon) TesterAmericans for Prosperity launches campaign targeting six Democrats to oppose ending filibuster Overnight Defense: Gillibrand makes new push for military sexual assault reform | US troops begin leaving Afghanistan | Biden budget delay pushes back annual defense policy bill Gillibrand makes new push for military sexual assault reform MORE (Mont.), Catherine Cortez MastoCatherine Marie Cortez MastoOn The Money: Incomes, consumer spending soared in March | Harris, senators work behind scenes on jobs package | Biden cancels some border wall construction Hillicon Valley: DOJ to review cyber challenges | Gaetz, House Republicans want to end funding for postal service surveillance | TikTok gets new CEO Americans for Prosperity launches campaign targeting six Democrats to oppose ending filibuster MORE (Nev.), Maggie HassanMargaret (Maggie) HassanOvernight Health Care: Biden announces 1M have enrolled in special ObamaCare sign-up period | Rand Paul clashes with Fauci over coronavirus origins | Biden vows to get 'more aggressive' on lifestyle benefits of vaccines Biden health official says COVID-19 vaccine booster shots will be free Sununu seen as top recruit in GOP bid to reclaim Senate MORE (N.H.), and Joe ManchinJoe ManchinSenate panel deadlocks in vote on sweeping elections bill Wyden: Funding infrastructure with gas tax hike a 'big mistake' Biden to host Sinema for meeting on infrastructure proposal MORE (W.Va.). 

AFP hosted grassroots events in Montana on Tuesday, Arizona on Wednesday and Nevada on Thursday and Friday. Each event focused on urging the home state Democratic senator to oppose the end of the filibuster. 

The group also set up a webpage, DontBustTheFilibuster.com, that gives people information about contacting their senators to call for them to oppose ending the filibuster.

“Our nation is at a fork in the road. Senators have a choice between going down a dangerous path by eliminating the filibuster, or they can do the right thing by working together toward better public policy to solve our most critical issues,” the letter reads.

Progressives have pushed for the elimination of the legislative filibuster, which they see as a roadblock to any meaningful legislation because the Senate rule requires 60 votes to pass most bills. President BidenJoe BidenKinzinger, Gaetz get in back-and-forth on Twitter over Cheney vote Cheney in defiant floor speech: Trump on 'crusade to undermine our democracy' US officials testify on domestic terrorism in wake of Capitol attack MORE supports the filibuster but has indicated he would be open to seeing changes to the Senate rule.