Pro-impeachment group pressures vulnerable GOP senators in new ads

Pro-impeachment group pressures vulnerable GOP senators in new ads
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A political action committee that supports impeaching President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP divided over impeachment trial strategy Official testifies that Bolton had 'one-on-one meeting' with Trump over Ukraine aid Louisiana governor wins re-election MORE is releasing advertisements seeking to raise pressure on Republican senators up for reelection next year. 

The group Need to Impeach, which was founded by 2020 Democratic White House hopeful Tom SteyerThomas (Tom) Fahr SteyerNew poll catapults Buttigieg to frontrunner position in Iowa Deval Patrick: a short runway, but potential to get airborne Ocasio-Cortez jabs 'plutocratic' late entrants to 2020 field MORE, will air ads this week targeting GOP Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsOvernight Defense: Erdoğan gets earful from GOP senators | Amazon to challenge Pentagon cloud contract decision in court | Lawmakers under pressure to pass benefits fix for military families Senate confirms controversial circuit court nominee Lawmakers under pressure to pass benefits fix for military families MORE (Maine), Joni ErnstJoni Kay ErnstOvernight Defense: Erdoğan gets earful from GOP senators | Amazon to challenge Pentagon cloud contract decision in court | Lawmakers under pressure to pass benefits fix for military families Turkish media paints White House visit as Erdoğan triumph over Trump Erdoğan gets earful from GOP senators at White House MORE (Iowa), Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerTariffs threaten 1.5M jobs: Study This week: House kicks off public phase of impeachment inquiry Progressive veterans group launches campaign labeling Trump as a 'national security threat' MORE (Colo.) and Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyThis week: House kicks off public phase of impeachment inquiry Progressive veterans group launches campaign labeling Trump as a 'national security threat' Advocates step up efforts for horse racing reform bill after more deaths MORE (Ariz.), according to Politico

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The ad targeting Collins begins with a narrator asking "Should a president pressure a foreign leader to intervene in our elections?"

It then goes on to show clips of Trump, his lawyer Rudy Giuliani and White House chief of staff Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyNew witness claims firsthand account of Trump's push for Ukraine probes Trump files to dismiss lawsuit from Bolton aide on impeachment testimony OMB official to testify in impeachment probe if subpoenaed after others refused MORE while discussing the ongoing Ukraine scandal, which is the focus of the House impeachment inquiry.

"Tell Sen. Collins it's time to put country over party," the ad concludes. 

The Cook Political Report has rated the races for the Senate seats held by Collins, Gardner and McSally as toss-ups and has said Ernst's race is "likely" Republican. 

Politico reported that Need to Impeach is spending $3.5 million on the ads. 

Need to Impeach lead strategist Kevin Mack told the news outlet that the ads are focused on “dropping individual senators into this mess that’s going on in Washington."

The Hill reported earlier this month that Need to Impeach previously targeted senators in battleground states with a $3.1 million ad buy.