McConnell-aligned group targeting Kelly, Cortez Masto and Hassan with $10M ad campaign

McConnell-aligned group targeting Kelly, Cortez Masto and Hassan with $10M ad campaign
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An outside GOP group allied with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBiden says he's open to altering, eliminating filibuster to advance voting rights Pelosi says GOP senators 'voted to aid and abet' voter suppression for blocking revised elections bill Manchin insists he hasn't threatened to leave Democrats MORE (R-Ky.) is launching a new $10 million ad blitz targeting three of the Democratic Party’s most vulnerable senators next year.

The broadside from One Nation, the advocacy arm of the Senate Leadership Fund, the Senate GOP’s top super PAC, is launching television, radio and digital ads knocking Sens. Mark KellyMark KellyOvernight Defense & National Security — Presented by Raytheon Technologies — Biden backtracks on Taiwan Arizona attorney general asks for restraining order to block federal vaccine mandate Our military shouldn't be held hostage to 'water politics' MORE (D-Ariz.), Catherine Cortez MastoCatherine Marie Cortez MastoSenate Democrats call for diversity among new Federal Reserve Bank presidents Nevada becomes early Senate battleground Harry Reid calls on Democrats to plow forward on immigration MORE (D-Nev.) and Maggie HassanMargaret (Maggie) HassanPoll: New Hampshire Senate race tight Progressives push back on decision to shrink Biden's paid family leave program Democratic incumbents bolster fundraising advantage in key Senate races MORE (D-N.H.).

The ad sprint takes specific aim at Democrats’ social spending bill, which is still being negotiated, but One Nation said would result in “the largest tax increase in decades.”

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All three ads look to tie the lawmakers to House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSunday shows preview: CDC signs off on 'mix and match' vaccine boosters Buttigieg aims to use Tucker Carlson flap to spotlight paternity leave Judge to hear Trump's case against Jan. 6 committee in November MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerDemocratic frustration with Sinema rises Schumer endorses democratic socialist India Walton in Buffalo mayor's race Guns Down America's leader says Biden 'has simply not done enough' on gun control MORE (D-N.Y.) as well as other prominent figures in the Democratic Party, including President BidenJoe BidenGrant Woods, longtime friend of McCain and former Arizona AG, dies at 67 Sanders on Medicare expansion in spending package: 'Its not coming out' Glasgow summit raises stakes for Biden deal MORE and progressive Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders on Medicare expansion in spending package: 'Its not coming out' Briahna Joy Gray: Biden must keep progressive promises or risk losing midterms Overnight Health Care — Presented by Carequest — Study finds Pfizer vaccine almost 91 percent effective for 5 to 11 year olds MORE (I-Vt.). The ads appear to suggest the infrastructure endeavor is being pushed by party leaders and that the three targeted lawmakers are falling into line. 

“It'll cost you, with the largest tax increase in decades crushing small businesses and making families pay more,” said the ad targeting Cortez Masto. “Tell Senator Cortez Masto to oppose Speaker Pelosi's unaffordable, outrageous tax-and-spend agenda.” 

The ad targeting Kelly also compares him to Sen. Kyrsten SinemaKyrsten SinemaSunday shows preview: CDC signs off on 'mix and match' vaccine boosters Buttigieg aims to use Tucker Carlson flap to spotlight paternity leave Biden injects new momentum into filibuster fight MORE (D-Ariz.), who has been adamant about her desire to lower the price tag of the spending package.

The ad blitz comes as Democrats’ internal divide continues regarding the size of the proposal. Progressives had tried to stick to a $3.5 trillion price tag, but Sinema and moderate Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinSanders on Medicare expansion in spending package: 'Its not coming out' Glasgow summit raises stakes for Biden deal Sunday shows preview: CDC signs off on 'mix and match' vaccine boosters MORE (D-W.Va.) have refused to vote for a package of that amount.

"The timing of this coincides with what we see as rising chaos and disagreement about the scope of the bill, and we think there is opportunity to mobilize public opinion against the legislation," One Nation President Steven Law said. "The infighting, we think, has created opportunities to weaken or stop it." 

The ad blitz was first reported by The Washington Post.

The spending package has been the focus of millions of dollars in spending for lawmakers of each party, with a wave of Republican groups bashing the plan while Democratic outside groups have urged lawmakers to pass some form of it. 

Though it's early in the 2022 cycle, Republicans have forecasted that they plan on hitting Democrats over the bill in the midterms as part of a message over the party’s expansive spending proposals.