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Doug Collins questions Loeffler's trustworthiness in first TV ad

Doug Collins questions Loeffler's trustworthiness in first TV ad
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Rep. Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsLoeffler meets with McConnell amid speculation of another Senate run Georgia agriculture commissioner launches Senate campaign against Warnock Poll shows tight GOP primary for Georgia governor MORE (R-Ga.) hit Sen. Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerLoeffler meets with McConnell amid speculation of another Senate run Herschel Walker skips Georgia's GOP convention Georgia agriculture commissioner launches Senate campaign against Warnock MORE (R-Ga.) in a new campaign ad, targeting the incumbent over stock sales she made at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic and more.

“Kelly Loeffler’s using her family fortune to falsely attack President TrumpDonald TrumpNorth Carolina Senate passes trio of election measures 14 Republicans vote against making Juneteenth a federal holiday Border state governors rebel against Biden's immigration chaos MORE’s strongest defender, to hide what she’s done. After a private briefing, Loeffler said we’d be fine, but she dumped millions in stock, invested in three companies that would profit while many of us lost everything,” the ad's narrator says.

Loeffler drew fierce scrutiny over $20 million in stock sales she made following a closed-door Senate briefing in January about the coronavirus. The Georgia lawmaker has said that she was unaware of the sales and that she does not control her own stock portfolio. 

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The Justice Department in May closed investigations into stock sales at the beginning of the pandemic by Loeffler and Sens. James InhofeJames (Jim) Mountain InhofeOvernight Defense: Biden participates in NATO summit | White House backs 2002 AUMF repeal | Top general says no plans for airstrikes to help Afghan forces after withdrawal Top Republican proposes leaving 1,000 US troops in Afghanistan into next year The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Citizens' Climate Lobby - Biden floats infrastructure, tax concessions to GOP MORE (R-Okla.) and Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinYouth climate activists march outside California homes of Pelosi and Feinstein Cosmetic chemicals need a makeover Progressives want to tighten screws beyond Manchin and Sinema MORE (D-Calif.).

Loeffler’s husband, Jeff Sprecher, has invested in chemical giant DuPont de Nemours, which manufactures personal protective gear, amid the ongoing pandemic. They also purchased stocks in Citrix, a software company, as well as Oracle, the technology company, according to multiple reports.

However, the new Collins ad does not specify any companies in which Loeffler or her husband invested.

The ad is set to air statewide in Georgia on Fox News, Politico reported. The video features a Monopoly board, including a “get out of jail free” card featuring Loeffler.

“Kelly’s using high-priced lawyers to help her get away with it,” its narrator says. “You can’t trust Kelly Loeffler.”

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Collins is challenging Loeffler in the Georgia special election to fill the seat of retired Sen. Johnny IsaksonJohnny IsaksonLoeffler meets with McConnell amid speculation of another Senate run Loeffler group targets Democrats with billboards around baseball stadium Warnock raises nearly M since January victory MORE (R). The election will determine who holds the seat for the remainder of Isakson’s term, which will end in 2022. Loeffler faces challenges from Collins, as well as Democrat Matt Lieberman, among others. 

Stephen Lawson, communications director for the Loeffler campaign, dismissed the ad.

"For years, Doug Collins was a trial lawyer who put his paycheck above public safety by securing reduced charges for violent criminal offenders," Lawson said in a statement to The Hill.

"Now, he’s trying to change the subject by using a board game to repeat a debunked attack from the left. Nice try, Doug. Roll again," he added.

— This report was updated at 9:55 a.m.