Progressive groups target eight GOP senators in ad campaign ahead of impeachment trial

Progressive groups target eight GOP senators in ad campaign ahead of impeachment trial
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Four progressive groups are taking aim at eight senators in a $400,000 ad campaign announced Wednesday, ahead of the Senate impeachment trial. 

Daily Kos, MoveOn, Need to Impeach and Public Citizen are setting up digital ads, mobile billboards and field campaigns in Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, North Carolina and Utah, according to a press release from the groups.

These ads encourage people to contact their senators to demand a “fair impeachment trial” and to vote to convict President TrumpDonald John TrumpUPS, FedEx shut down calls to handle mail-in ballots, warn of 'significant' problems: report Controversial GOP Georgia candidate attempts to distance from QAnon Trump orders TikTok parent company to sell US assets within 90 days MORE. The groups' campaign specifically targets and names Sens. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiTrump says he'll sign USPS funding if Democrats make concessions Overnight Energy: EPA finalizes rollback of Obama-era oil and gas methane emissions standards | Democratic lawmakers ask Interior to require masks indoors at national parks | Harris climate agenda stresses need for justice Bipartisan senators ask congressional leadership to extend census deadline MORE (R-Alaska), Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyTrump: GOP senators who don't embrace him will 'lose their elections' McConnell warns control of Senate 'could go either way' in November The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden picks Harris as running mate MORE (R-Ariz.), Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerWhy the US should rely more on strategy, not sanctions Chamber to launch ads defending embattled GOP senators Trump: GOP senators who don't embrace him will 'lose their elections' MORE (R-Colo.), Joni ErnstJoni Kay ErnstOn The Money: Economists flabbergasted after Congress leaves with no deal | Markets rise as the economy struggles | Retail sales slow in July Chamber to launch ads defending embattled GOP senators The Memo: Trump attacks on Harris risk backfiring MORE (R-Iowa), Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcGrath reshuffles campaign in home stretch to Senate election GOP senator draws fire from all sides on Biden, Obama-era probes Chris Wallace rips both parties for coronavirus package impasse: 'Pox on both their houses' MORE (R-Ky.), Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsTrump says he'll sign USPS funding if Democrats make concessions Chamber to launch ads defending embattled GOP senators Susan Collins asks postmaster general to address delays of 'critically needed mail' MORE (R-Maine), Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisOn The Money: Economists flabbergasted after Congress leaves with no deal | Markets rise as the economy struggles | Retail sales slow in July Chamber to launch ads defending embattled GOP senators Trump: GOP senators who don't embrace him will 'lose their elections' MORE (R-N.C.) and Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyRomney breaks with Trump's criticism of mail-in voting GOP senator draws fire from all sides on Biden, Obama-era probes Why the US should rely more on strategy, not sanctions MORE (R-Utah). 

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The groups plan to run their material through Saturday but their run time could be extended as the Senate impeachment proceedings move forward. 

The mobile billboard from three of the groups, Daily Kos, MoveOn and Need to Impeach, says, “Trump broke the law. Senator Romney, don’t help him cover it up. Vote to convict & remove,” for Utah. The digital ad also addresses one of the state’s senators saying, “America demands a fair trial.”

Daily Kos, MoveOn and Public Citizen have also hired field organizers in the targeted states. The groups said in the release that they will announce the next strategies in the coming days and weeks.

In a statement, Nathaly Arriola, executive director of Need to Impeach, explained her organization's reasoning for the advertisement campaign.

“The American people will not tolerate a President who abuses their power and obstructs Congress. If Senate Republicans choose to abandon their constitutional responsibility and help Donald Trump cover up his crimes, it will be a betrayal to our democracy," she said.  

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The House impeached the president on the articles of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress in December, moving impeachment proceedings to the next stage, a Senate trial. 

But the Senate trial has yet to begin because Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiCongress exits with no deal, leaving economists flabbergasted Trump says he'll sign USPS funding if Democrats make concessions Pelosi calls Trump attacks on mail-in voting a 'domestic assault on our Constitution' MORE (D-Calif.) has withheld the articles from the upper chamber. Pelosi announced Tuesday she would continue to hold the articles in an effort to pressure McConnell to publish the rules of the upcoming trial. 

The Senate majority leader said in a press conference Tuesday that he has the votes to pass the upper chamber’s rules for the trial not requiring witnesses or documents.