Conservative group launches $1.4M 'Confirm Kavanaugh' campaign

A top conservative group is launching a $1.4 million campaign targeting swing votes in the upcoming fight to confirm Brett Kavanaugh, President TrumpDonald John TrumpAverage tax refunds down double-digits, IRS data shows White House warns Maduro as Venezuela orders partial closure of border with Colombia Trump administration directs 1,000 more troops to Mexican border MORE's Supreme Court nominee.

The Judicial Crisis Network on Monday night announced that the ads will appear on national cable channels and in digital advertising.

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“Judge Kavanaugh is a home run," said Carrie Severino, the chief counsel and policy director for the Judicial Crisis Network. "Like Gorsuch, Judge Kavanaugh is brilliant, fair and independent, committed to following the law and honoring the Constitution. I look forward to the confirmation of another great justice."

The group, which played a role in last year's Senate confirmation of Justice Neil Gorsuch, will use the ad buy to target states that are home to four red-state Democrats: West Virginia, Indiana, North Dakota and Alabama.

Democratic Sens. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinOvernight Energy: Trump ends talks with California on car emissions | Dems face tough vote on Green New Deal | Climate PAC backing Inslee in possible 2020 run Dems face tough vote on Green New Deal Gabbard cites ‘concerns’ about ‘vagueness’ of Green New Deal MORE (W.Va.), Joe DonnellyJoseph (Joe) Simon DonnellyOvernight Energy: Trump taps ex-oil lobbyist Bernhardt to lead Interior | Bernhardt slams Obama officials for agency's ethics issues | Head of major green group steps down Trump picks ex-oil lobbyist David Bernhardt for Interior secretary EPA's Wheeler faces grilling over rule rollbacks MORE (Ind.) and Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampOvernight Energy: Trump taps ex-oil lobbyist Bernhardt to lead Interior | Bernhardt slams Obama officials for agency's ethics issues | Head of major green group steps down Trump picks ex-oil lobbyist David Bernhardt for Interior secretary On The Money: Shutdown Day 27 | Trump fires back at Pelosi by canceling her foreign travel | Dems blast 'petty' move | Trump also cancels delegation to Davos | House votes to disapprove of Trump lifting Russia sanction MORE (N.D.) are running for reelection in states that Trump easily won in 2016. The three senators voted for Gorsuch's nomination last year.

Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.), who won a special election last year against controversial GOP Senate candidate Roy MooreRoy Stewart MooreDoug Jones gets challenger in Alabama Senate race Republican state official faces pushback for comments on Sinema's attire Hillicon Valley: Dem blasts groups behind Senate campaign disinformation effort | FCC chief declines to give briefing on location-data sales | Ocasio-Cortez tops lawmakers on social media | Trump officials to ease drone rules MORE, is facing his first Supreme Court fight.

The Judicial Crisis Network ad calls Kavanaugh the "best of the best" and characterizes him as "strong and independent," in addition to touting his work in the Bush-era White House and his time at Yale Law School.

Americans for Prosperity (AFP), another conservative group, said it is planning to spend seven figures in advertising and "grassroots engagement" to support Kavanaugh's nomination.

"Judge Kavanaugh understands the necessity of fairly applying the law and defending the Constitution," Sarah Field, AFP's vice president of judicial strategy, said in a statement. "Accordingly, Democrats and Republicans should unite in bipartisan support behind his confirmation."

The group is planning to do an initial round of mail and door hangers "in the coming weeks" targeting Florida, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Ohio, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Wisconsin — all states where Democrats are running for reelection.