Progressive group launches campaign targeting vulnerable GOP senators on impeachment

Progressive group launches campaign targeting vulnerable GOP senators on impeachment
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A progressive group is launching a $400,000 digital ad campaign targeting five vulnerable Republican senators over President TrumpDonald John TrumpWinners and losers from the South Carolina debate Five takeaways from the Democratic debate Democrats duke it out in most negative debate so far MORE’s impeachment trial. 

Progressive Turnout Project will launch the ads Friday along with a petition “demanding” the five GOP senators “do their jobs” and stand up for a “fair and full impeachment trial.” 

The ads on Google and Facebook target Republican Sens. Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyLoeffler releases new ad targeting Sanders's 'socialism' GOP casts Sanders as 2020 boogeyman Overnight Health Care: Officials confirm 34 total coronavirus cases in US | ObamaCare favorability hits highest level in poll | McSally unveils bill to lower drug prices amid tough campaign MORE (Ariz.), Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerThe Hill's Morning Report - Can Sanders be stopped? GOP casts Sanders as 2020 boogeyman Where do we go from here? Conservation can show the way MORE (Colo.), Joni ErnstJoni Kay ErnstTrump creates new headaches for GOP with top intelligence pick Senate Majority PAC launches first statewide TV ad for Democrat running against Ernst Overnight Health Care: Ernst endorses bipartisan bill to lower drug prices | US partnering with drugmakers on coronavirus vaccine | UN chief says virus poses 'enormous' risks MORE (Iowa), Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsOvernight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Lawmakers raise alarms over Trump coronavirus response | Top official warns virus appears inevitable in US | Democrats block two Senate abortion bills Democrats block two Senate abortion bills Trump creates new headaches for GOP with top intelligence pick MORE (Maine) and Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisThe Hill's Campaign Report: What to watch for in Nevada Top GOP super PAC spent money on NC Democrat The Hill's Campaign Report: Warren up, Bloomberg down after brutal debate MORE (N.C.). 

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“Our ads have a simple message for Senate Republicans — if you refuse to do your job, then voters will do theirs and vote you out in November," Progressive Turnout Project Executive Director Alex Morgan said. "By doing and saying anything to cover up Donald Trump’s crimes, Senate Republicans are ensuring impeachment will be a top motivating issue for infrequent voters sick of DC corruption.”

The ads are part of the progressive group’s pledge to spend $45 million to turn out voters in 16 presidential and Senate battleground states this year. 

The Senate is voting Tuesday on a resolution introduced by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellRepublicans give Barr vote of confidence Democrats block two Senate abortion bills VA could lead way for nation on lower drug pricing MORE (R-Ky.) that allows House impeachment managers 24 hours to make their opening arguments. 

The resolution was slammed by Democratic impeachment managers, who called it a “rigged process.” Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerOvernight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Lawmakers raise alarms over Trump coronavirus response | Top official warns virus appears inevitable in US | Democrats block two Senate abortion bills Lawmakers raise alarms over Trump coronavirus response Democrats block two Senate abortion bills MORE (D-N.Y.) called it “nothing short of a national disgrace.” 

The resolution does not require additional witnesses to be subpoenaed and does not allow House prosecutors to admit evidence into the Senate trial record until after the opening arguments are heard. 

The resolution includes language preferred by moderate Senate Republicans, including Collins, requiring a debate and a vote on subpoenaing new witnesses and documents.