ACLU's $1M in anti-Kavanaugh ads won't target Flake, Collins

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Monday said it purchased more than $1 million in ads opposing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

The group is targeting Republicans in four states with ads that compare Kavanaugh to other men toppled by the "Me Too" movement against sexual harassment and assault.

The spots will not target two of the most pivotal swing votes — Sens. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeFlake urges Republicans to condemn 'vile and offensive' Trump tweets Flake responds to Trump, Jimmy Carter barbs: 'We need to stop trying to disqualify each other' Jeff Flake responds to Trump's 'greener pastures' dig on former GOP lawmakers MORE (R-Ariz.) and Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsPoll: McConnell is most unpopular senator Hillicon Valley: Lawmakers struggle to understand Facebook's Libra project | EU hits Amazon with antitrust probe | New cybersecurity concerns over census | Robocall, election security bills head to House floor | Privacy questions over FaceApp Trump angry more Republicans haven't defended his tweets: report MORE (R-Maine) — but they will target the third undecided vote, Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiPoll: McConnell is most unpopular senator Overnight Defense: Highlights from Defense pick's confirmation hearing | Esper spars with Warren over ethics | Sidesteps questions on Mattis vs. Trump | Trump says he won't sell F-35s to Turkey Epstein charges show Congress must act to protect children from abuse MORE (R-Alaska).

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The ads will call for Murkowski, as well as GOP Sens. Deb FischerDebra (Deb) Strobel FischerOn The Money: Labor secretary under fire over Epstein plea deal | Trump defends Acosta as Dems call for ouster | Biden releases tax returns showing steep rise in income | Tech giants to testify at House antitrust hearing GOP senators decline to criticize Acosta after new Epstein charges The Hill's Morning Report - Trump and House Democrats resume battle MORE (Neb.), Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerTrump angry more Republicans haven't defended his tweets: report The Hill's Morning Report - A raucous debate on race ends with Trump admonishment Republicans scramble to contain Trump fallout MORE (Colo.), Shelley Moore CapitoShelley Wellons Moore CapitoAnyone for tennis? Washington Kastles Charity Classic returns this week The Hill's Morning Report - A raucous debate on race ends with Trump admonishment White House, Congress inch toward debt, budget deal MORE (W.Va.) and Dan SullivanDaniel Scott SullivanAlarm sounds over census cybersecurity concerns Senate sets new voting record with Iran war measure Overnight Defense: Trump says he doesn't need exit strategy with Iran | McConnell open to vote on Iran war authorization | Senate panel advances bill to restrict emergency arms sales MORE (Alaska), to vote "no" on Kavanaugh. Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinPoll: McConnell is most unpopular senator Dems open to killing filibuster in next Congress Trump nominees meet fiercest opposition from Warren, Sanders, Gillibrand MORE (D-W.Va.) is also being targeted by the ACLU.

The ACLU is comparing Kavanaugh's denials of sexual misconduct to those from Hollywood executive Harvey Weinstein and convicted felon Bill Cosby.

Fair Shakir, national political director at ACLU, told The Hill they are trying to target Republicans other than Collins and Murkowski.

"So far, many of the other Republicans have not received as much pressure and heat," Shakir said. "It’s not fair to put it all on Collins and Murkowski to be the conscience of the nation."

"[It's] my impression and understanding is that Collins and Murkowski are more likely to oppose if they know and feel that there’s going to be other Republicans who are inclined in that direction," he said. 

The ads will target Murkowski's counterpart Sullivan (R). They will also call out Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), who is often overshadowed by Manchin in discussions about Kavanaugh's nomination. 

"Everyone’s forgotten that there’s another senator in that state," Shakir said.

He said the ads are aimed towards "conservative and moderate women in those red states."

The ad buy comes days after the ACLU put out a rare statement opposing Kavanaugh's nomination to the high court. The ACLU has only opposed four Supreme Court nominees since it was founded in 1920.

The group's Colorado ad juxtaposes Kavanaugh, who has denied allegations of sexual misconduct from three women, with clips of Cosby and former President Clinton.

"We've seen this before," a voiceover says. "Denials from powerful men."

The ad highlights the famous clip of Clinton saying during the Monica Lewinsky scandal, "I did not have sexual relations with that woman."

The ad also includes an image of two women watching the a clip of Kavanaugh denying the allegations against him during last week's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.

"America is watching, and as we choose a lifetime seat on our highest court, integrity maters and we cannot have any doubt," the voiceover concludes.

The men featured in the ad include Matt LauerMatthew (Matt) Todd LauerMSNBC ripped by Soledad O'Brien after touting female anchors: 'Zero women of color in this picture' Study finds misconduct is the top reason CEOs are leaving large companies Robin Roberts, Gayle King most trusted morning show hosts: poll MORE, who was fired from NBC's "Today" after facing allegations of sexual harassment; Weinstein, who has been accused of raping or harassing dozens of women and now faces criminal charges; and talk-show host Charlie RoseCharles Peete RoseScott Pelley: Complaints to execs about 'hostile' workplace led to ouster from CBS Evening News Study finds misconduct is the top reason CEOs are leaving large companies 'Epic' talent shuffle to come to CBS News: report MORE, who was ousted over sexual harassment allegations.

The ad buy is part of an anti-Kavanaugh campaign organized by the ACLU that will include phone banks, online petitions, congressional office visits and a national day of action, according to the organization.

Kavanaugh has been accused of sexual misconduct by three women. He has denied their accusations.

The ads will run this week as the FBI is expected to complete its one-week probe into the allegations, which was ordered by the White House after Flake insisted he would vote against Kavanaugh's nomination if there wasn't an FBI investigation first.

Republicans hold a 51-49 majority in the Senate.

-Updated 3:15 p.m.