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 FlakeSchumer recruiting top-notch candidate for McCain Senate seat The Hill's Morning Report — Trump eyes wall money options as shutdown hits 21 days Poll: Sanders most popular senator, Flake least MORE (R-Ariz.) and Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsGOP seeks to change narrative in shutdown fight Trump pitches new plan to reopen government amid Dem pushback The Memo: Concern over shutdown grows in Trump World MORE (R-Maine) — but they will target the third undecided vote, Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiNew momentum for Equal Rights Amendment Trump pitches new plan to reopen government amid Dem pushback The Memo: Concern over shutdown grows in Trump World MORE (R-Alaska).

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The ads will call for Murkowski, as well as GOP Sens. Deb FischerDebra (Deb) Strobel FischerErnst elected to Senate GOP leadership This week: Congress starts lame-duck with leadership fight Senate GOP readies for leadership reshuffle MORE (Neb.), Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerGOP seeks to change narrative in shutdown fight The Memo: Concern over shutdown grows in Trump World Senate Republicans eye rules change to speed Trump nominees MORE (Colo.), Shelley Moore CapitoShelley Wellons Moore CapitoOvernight Energy: Wheeler weathers climate criticism at confirmation hearing | Dems want Interior to stop drilling work during shutdown | 2018 was hottest year for oceans Dems blast EPA nominee at confirmation hearing Republican senators skeptical of using national emergency for wall funding MORE (W.Va.) and Dan SullivanDaniel Scott SullivanTrump tells GOP senators he’s sticking to Syria and Afghanistan pullout  Dems blast EPA nominee at confirmation hearing GOP reasserts NATO support after report on Trump’s wavering MORE (Alaska), to vote "no" on Kavanaugh. Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinGOP seeks to change narrative in shutdown fight Senate to vote on dueling government funding bills This week: Congress heading in opposite directions on shutdown plans 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 LauerNBCUniversal CEO regrets putting Megyn Kelly in morning slot: ‘We shouldn’t have done it’ Judge rules Harvey Weinstein sexual assault case can move forward Report says ex-CBS executive Les Moonves 'deliberately lied' to investigators about allegations 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 RoseSusan Zirinsky to replace David Rhodes as first female head of CBS News Judge rules Harvey Weinstein sexual assault case can move forward CBS reaches settlement with three Charlie Rose sexual harassment accusers 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.