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 TrumpNational Archives says it altered Trump signs, other messages in Women's March photo Dems plan marathon prep for Senate trial, wary of Trump trying to 'game' the process Democratic lawmaker dismisses GOP lawsuit threat: 'Take your letter and shove it' MORE. The groups' campaign specifically targets and names Sens. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiRepublicans will pay on Election Day for politicizing Trump's impeachment GOP threatens to weaponize impeachment witnesses amid standoff Paul predicts no Republicans will vote to convict Trump MORE (R-Alaska), Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyPoll: Overwhelming majority say news media making US more politically divided Bill Kristol on McSally calling CNN reporter a liberal hack: 'I guess I'm liberal' McSally dismisses calls to apologize to CNN's Raju for 'liberal hack' comment: 'Called it like it is' MORE (R-Ariz.), Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerRepublicans will pay on Election Day for politicizing Trump's impeachment Koch network could target almost 200 races in 2020, official says Hickenlooper raised .8 million for Colorado Senate bid in fourth quarter of 2019 MORE (R-Colo.), Joni ErnstJoni Kay ErnstDrug price outrage threatens to be liability for GOP Progressive groups target eight GOP senators in ad campaign ahead of impeachment trial GOP senators introduce resolution to change rules, dismiss impeachment without articles MORE (R-Iowa), Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDems plan marathon prep for Senate trial, wary of Trump trying to 'game' the process Senate GOP mulls speeding up Trump impeachment trial Republicans will pay on Election Day for politicizing Trump's impeachment MORE (R-Ky.), Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsRepublicans will pay on Election Day for politicizing Trump's impeachment The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump beefs up impeachment defense with Dershowitz, Starr The Hill's Morning Report — President Trump on trial MORE (R-Maine), Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisSenate GOP mulls speeding up Trump impeachment trial Republicans will pay on Election Day for politicizing Trump's impeachment Koch network could target almost 200 races in 2020, official says MORE (R-N.C.) and Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyRepublicans will pay on Election Day for politicizing Trump's impeachment Bring on the brokered convention GOP threatens to weaponize impeachment witnesses amid standoff 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 PelosiRepublicans will pay on Election Day for politicizing Trump's impeachment Trump chooses high-profile but controversial legal team Trump: Impeachment timing intended to hurt Sanders 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.