Democratic group plans mobile billboard targeting Collins on impeachment

Democratic group plans mobile billboard targeting Collins on impeachment
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A Democratic super PAC plans to use a mobile billboard to target Sen. 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) when the impeachment trial kicks off in earnest next week in the Senate.

The Party Majority PAC is raising money to have the billboard stationed near the Senate office buildings in Washington, D.C., starting Tuesday, with the truck broadcasting remarks that Collins made during President Clinton's impeachment trial in 1999.

"I think we'll have the funding for the truck in the next hour," Adam Parkhomenko, a Democratic strategist, told The Hill on Thursday afternoon. "Our plan is to have the truck running on Tuesday for as long as we can."


Parkhomenko posted a video on Twitter of Collins calling for "more evidence" and "witnesses" during the Clinton trial, with the GOP senator saying it was needed to "get to the truth" and to answer the Senate's "duty to do impartial justice."

The GOP senator delivered the remarks in January 1999, when the Senate was debating whether to introduce new witnesses and evidence during Clinton's trial in the upper chamber.


Collins, a potential swing vote in the Senate trial involving President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump takes shot at new GOP candidate in Ohio over Cleveland nickname GOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 On The Money — Dems dare GOP to vote for shutdown, default MORE, challenged Democrats on Wednesday for releasing newly obtained documents on the eve of the trial.

The senator suggested that House lawmakers "did an incomplete job" by only recently releasing the materials from Soviet-born businessman Lev Parnes.

"I do think that, as I said, it's important that we have an up-or-down vote on the issue of subpoenaing witnesses and documents," Collins said.

Parnas, a former associate of Trump's personal attorney Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiRoger Stone served with Capitol riot lawsuit during radio interview FEC finds Twitter didn't break law by blocking spread of Hunter Biden story Juan Williams: The toxic legacy of Trump's corruption MORE, has said Trump was aware of efforts in Ukraine to dig up dirt on former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHouse clears bill to provide veterans with cost-of-living adjustment On The Money — Dems dare GOP to vote for shutdown, default To reduce poverty, stop burdening the poor: What Joe Manchin gets wrong about the child tax credit MORE, a political opponent.

Trump on Thursday denied having spoken with Parnas.

If the Democratic super PAC's fundraiser is successful, a billboard truck will be stationed near the Senate offices blasting clips of Collins asking for witness testimonies against Clinton.

The truck is part of Democrats' efforts to push the GOP to have witnesses for the Senate trial, demands that Republicans have so far rebuffed.

In addition to the Clinton trial footage, Parkhomenko mentioned that he would like to show older footage, such as the confirmation of Associate Supreme Court Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughRepublicans keep distance from 'Justice for J6' rally Senators denounce protest staged outside home of Justice Kavanaugh Why isn't Harris leading the charge against the Texas abortion law? MORE and other remarks from Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamRep. Tim Ryan becomes latest COVID-19 breakthrough case in Congress Graham found Trump election fraud arguments suitable for 'third grade': Woodward book Senate parliamentarian nixes Democrats' immigration plan MORE (R-S.C.) calling for the trial to be completed quickly.