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 TrumpNew Biden campaign ad jabs at Trump's reported 0 income tax payments Ocasio-Cortez: Trump contributed less in taxes 'than waitresses and undocumented immigrants' Third judge orders Postal Service to halt delivery cuts 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 McSallySenate GOP set to vote on Trump's Supreme Court pick before election Netflix distances from author's comments about Muslim Uyghurs but defends project On The Trail: Making sense of this week's polling tsunami MORE (Ariz.), Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerBreaking the Chinese space addiction Trump dumbfounds GOP with latest unforced error Billionaire who donated to Trump in 2016 donates to Biden MORE (Colo.), Joni ErnstJoni Kay ErnstOn The Trail: Making sense of this week's polling tsunami Tillis appears to reinforce question about COVID-19 death toll The power of incumbency: How Trump is using the Oval Office to win reelection MORE (Iowa), Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsTrump's Teflon problem: Nothing sticks, including the 'wins' Durbin: Democrats can 'slow' Supreme Court confirmation 'perhaps a matter of hours, maybe days at most' Senate GOP set to vote on Trump's Supreme Court pick before election MORE (Maine) and Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisGraham neck and neck with challenger in South Carolina Senate race: poll Trump's Teflon problem: Nothing sticks, including the 'wins' Netflix distances from author's comments about Muslim Uyghurs but defends project 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 McConnellGOP senators confident Trump pick to be confirmed by November Trump's Teflon problem: Nothing sticks, including the 'wins' Senate Republican says lawmakers can't 'boil down' what a Court nominee would do in one case like Roe v. Wade 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 SchumerChuck SchumerDemocrats blast Trump after report reveals he avoided income taxes for 10 years: 'Disgusting' Biden refuses to say whether he would support expanding Supreme Court Schumer says Trump tweet shows court pick meant to kill off ObamaCare 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.