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 TrumpUN meeting with US, France canceled over scheduling issue Trump sues NYT, Mary Trump over story on tax history McConnell, Shelby offer government funding bill without debt ceiling MORE. The groups' campaign specifically targets and names Sens. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiTrump, allies launch onslaught as midterms kick into gear Emboldened Trump takes aim at GOP foes The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - DC prepares for Saturday of festivals & Jan. 6 demonstration MORE (R-Alaska), Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by AT&T - Senate passes infrastructure bill, budget resolution; Cuomo resigns Schumer, Tim Scott lead as Senate fundraising pace heats up GOP group launches million ad campaign pressing Kelly on filibuster MORE (R-Ariz.), Cory GardnerCory GardnerProtecting the outdoors: Three cheers for America's best idea Ex-Sen. Cory Gardner joins lobbying firm Biden administration reverses Trump changes it says 'undermined' conservation program MORE (R-Colo.), Joni ErnstJoni Kay ErnstOvernight Defense & National Security — Presented by AM General — Afghan evacuation still frustrates Bipartisan momentum builds for war on terror memorial GOP senators unveil bill designating Taliban as terrorist organization MORE (R-Iowa), Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell, Shelby offer government funding bill without debt ceiling Franken targets senators from both parties in new comedy tour Woodward: Milley was 'setting in motion sensible precautions' with calls to China MORE (R-Ky.), Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsMcConnell privately urged GOP senators to oppose debt ceiling hike GOP senator will 'probably' vote for debt limit increase Welcome to ground zero of climate chaos MORE (R-Maine), Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisGOP senators unveil bill designating Taliban as terrorist organization Without major changes, more Americans could be victims of online crime How to fix the semiconductor chip shortage (it's more than manufacturing) MORE (R-N.C.) and Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyGOP senator will 'probably' vote for debt limit increase Five questions and answers about the debt ceiling fight Warren, Daines introduce bill honoring 13 killed in Kabul attack 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 PelosiDemocrats seek to cool simmering tensions Louisiana delegation split over debt hike bill with disaster aid House Democrats unveil legislation to curtail presidential power 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.