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Progressive media group launches 'Get Mitch or Die Trying' campaign to flip Senate

Progressive media group launches 'Get Mitch or Die Trying' campaign to flip Senate
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Crooked Media, a firm founded by some of former President Obama's staffers, is launching a campaign to try to flip the Republican-controlled Senate in 2020 and oust Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellWhen it comes to Georgia's voting law, keep politics out of business Pelosi to offer even split on 9/11-style commission to probe Capitol riot Senate GOP crafts outlines for infrastructure counter proposal MORE (R-Ky.).

Get Mitch or Die Trying” plans to help fund Democrats in 11 key states that could help overturn the GOP’s Senate majority. 

“You could have everything you’ve ever wanted, if it wasn’t for this guy,” text in a Tuesday video that accompanies the campaign launch reads. 

“Mitch McConnell — he’s just as bad as Trump but no one ever talks about it,” says Crooked Media's Tommy Vietor, a former Obama spokesman.

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Crooked Media’s “Pod Save America” hosts and company founders Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett and Vietor, say in the video that “everything you hate about Washington is because this Mitch designed it that way," encouraging voters to show the door to GOP incumbents and put the party in the Senate minority.

“So when you’re voting against Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsSenate locks in hate crimes deal, setting up Thursday passage Bipartisan group of senators holds immigration talks amid border surge Senate GOP keeps symbolic earmark ban MORE in Maine, you’re actually voting against this guy,” Vietor says in the video, referring to McConnell. 

“Or when you’re voting against Cory GardnerCory GardnerBiden administration reverses Trump changes it says 'undermined' conservation program Gardner to lead new GOP super PAC ahead of midterms OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Court rules against fast-track of Trump EPA's 'secret science' rule | Bureau of Land Management exodus: Agency lost 87 percent of staff in Trump HQ relocation | GM commits to electric light duty fleet by 2035 MORE in Colorado, you’re actually voting against ol’ resting Mitch face,” Favreau says. 

The “Get Mitch or Die Trying” fund will support Democratic Senate campaigns in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas. Crooked Media said additional states will be added as necessary. 

McConnell’s own Democratic challenger Amy McGrath raised $2.5 million on her first day of her campaign.

Collins’s challenger, Maine state Speaker Sara Gideon (D) raised more than $1 million in the first week of her campaign, and Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamBipartisan group of senators holds immigration talks amid border surge Senate GOP keeps symbolic earmark ban Overnight Energy: Biden reportedly will pledge to halve US emissions by 2030 | Ocasio-Cortez, Markey reintroduce Green New Deal resolution MORE’s (R-S.C.) Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison brought in $1.5 million in the first month of launching his Senate campaign. 

Graham announced he raised more than $3 million, beating a personal record, and Collins’s campaign said the senator raised more than $2 million for her reelection campaign over the past three months.

The Hill has reached out to McConnell's reelection campaign for comment.