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 SinemaThe names to know as Biden mulls Breyer's replacement Poll: Sinema approval higher among Arizona Republicans than Democrats Schumer vows to vote on Biden Supreme Court pick with 'all deliberate speed' MORE (Ariz.), Chris CoonsChris Andrew CoonsThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden's public moment of frustration Russia announces military exercises amid standoff with US, NATO over Ukraine Democrats say change to filibuster just a matter of time MORE (Del.), Jon TesterJonathan (Jon) TesterFiscal spending deadline nears while lawmakers face pressure to strike deal Conservative group rolls out .5 million ad buy pressuring Manchin, Tester to oppose Build Back Better The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden's public moment of frustration MORE (Mont.), Catherine Cortez MastoCatherine Marie Cortez MastoThe names to know as Biden mulls Breyer's replacement Democrats torn over pushing stolen-election narrative These Senate seats are up for election in 2022 MORE (Nev.), Maggie HassanMargaret (Maggie) HassanDemocrats say change to filibuster just a matter of time Democrats torn over pushing stolen-election narrative These Senate seats are up for election in 2022 MORE (N.H.), and Joe ManchinJoe ManchinOn The Money — No SALT, and maybe no deal The names to know as Biden mulls Breyer's replacement Poll: Sinema approval higher among Arizona Republicans than Democrats 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 BidenNorth Korea conducts potential 6th missile test in a month Clyburn predicts Supreme Court contender J. Michelle Childs would get GOP votes Overnight Defense & National Security — US delivers written response to Russia MORE supports the filibuster but has indicated he would be open to seeing changes to the Senate rule.