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RNC rolls out ad campaign hitting Democrats over election reform

The Republican National Committee (RNC) will launch a six-figure ad blitz early next week hammering Democrats’ election reform legislation that the GOP is calling a “power grab.”

The RNC is rolling out the ads in Arizona, Georgia, Nevada and New Hampshire, all of which have Democratic-held Senate seats that are on the ballot in 2022. The ads will run on Facebook, Google and local and national news sites, and the RNC said the effort will be complemented by “every tool in its arsenal,” including appearances by local surrogates on radio and television.

The ad campaign will focus its efforts on fighting the For the People Act, known as H.R. 1. The bill passed the House in early March along party lines but faces an uphill climb in a 50-50 Senate in which it will need to get at least 60 votes.

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Among other things, the legislation would require states to offer mail-in ballots, establish electronic voter registration to enable same-day voting, expand early voting, ease voter identification laws and push for the establishment of an independent commission to redraw congressional districts every 10 years.

Democrats have said the bill is needed to expand access to the ballot, while Republicans have panned the effort as a government takeover of the election process to help get blue voters to the polls.

One ad targeting Democratic Sens. Mark KellyMark KellyDC statehood bill picks up Senate holdout Pavlich: The border crisis Biden said we could afford Arizona governor signs controversial election bill into law MORE (Ariz.), Raphael WarnockRaphael WarnockDC statehood bill picks up Senate holdout Georgia senators introduce measure allowing voters to have access to water while waiting Cruz outspending other senators on Facebook ads: report MORE (Ga.), 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.) and Maggie HassanMargaret (Maggie) HassanDC statehood bill picks up Senate holdout Overnight 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 MORE (N.H.) says that “Radical Democrats are trying to take over our elections,” while another reads “Democrats want to spend your tax dollars to fund liberal candidates’ elections. We can’t let this happen!”

“Democrats are attempting an egregious power grab through H.R. 1 that will fundamentally alter our entire election system and dismantle the integrity of the vote, but we will not let them get away with it. The RNC is using every tool available to counter Democrats’ blatant hijacking of our election system that would give unfettered power to unelected D.C. bureaucrats and trample on free speech,” RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDanielRonna Romney McDanielDetroit police chief planning GOP gubernatorial run against Whitmer New York Post deletes story alleging Kamala Harris book given to migrant children Virginia GOP reverses course, will let those with religious obligations cast absentee votes for Saturday convention MORE said in a statement. 

The digital ad blitz was first reported by Fox News

The election reform bill has emerged as a lightning rod for Republicans in Washington. Heritage Action for America, the advocacy wing of the conservative Heritage Foundation think tank, also rolled out a $10 million push over what it says is “federal overreach” in the nation’s elections.

The GOP has been animated around any issue related to election procedures or security since former President TrumpDonald TrumpProject Veritas surveilled government officials to expose anti-Trump sentiments: report Cheney: Fox News has 'a particular obligation' to refute election fraud claims The Memo: What now for anti-Trump Republicans? MORE asserted without evidence that the presidential election in 2020 was “stolen” from him.