New ad targets McConnell's 'culture of corruption' amid coronavirus pandemic

The group Fix Our Senate is launching a new ad targeting Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell focuses on confirming judicial nominees with COVID-19 talks stalled McConnell accuses Democrats of sowing division by 'downplaying progress' on election security Warren, Schumer introduce plan for next president to cancel ,000 in student debt MORE (R-Ky.) over corruption scandals surrounding several senators amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

In the 30-second digital ad a narrator claims McConnell “turned a blind eye to senators profiting from stock sales while America fights coronavirus.” 

The ad includes flashes to news segments about Sens. Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrRep. Mark Walker says he's been contacted about Liberty University vacancy Overnight Defense: Trump rejects major cut to military health care | Senate report says Trump campaign's Russia contacts posed 'grave' threat Senate report describes closer ties between 2016 Trump campaign, Russia MORE (R-N.C.) and Sen. Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerDHS opens probe into allegations at Georgia ICE facility Loeffler calls for hearing in wake of Netflix's 'Cuties' Georgia Senate campaign could bring Black political redemption MORE (R-Ga.), who are among a handful of senators accused of potentially violating a law banning Congress members from making financial trades based on nonpublic information. 


Loeffler and Burr, along with Sens. James InhofeJames (Jim) Mountain InhofeOvernight Defense: Top admiral says 'no condition' where US should conduct nuclear test 'at this time' | Intelligence chief says Congress will get some in-person election security briefings Top admiral: 'No condition' where US should conduct nuclear test 'at this time' When 'Buy American' and common sense collide MORE (R-Okla.) and Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinSenators offer disaster tax relief bill Democrats back away from quick reversal of Trump tax cuts Congress must save the Postal Service from collapse — our economy depends on it MORE (D-Calif.), each sold hundreds of thousands of dollars in stock within days of the Senate holding a classified briefing in January with the Trump administration about the threat of the coronavirus outbreak. 

The narrator of the ad also hits McConnell for putting “handouts for big corporations ahead of real assistance for regular Americans.” 

“His corruption continues while doctors and nurses can’t get the supplies they need and millions are unemployed,” the narrator says. “Enough is enough. Tell Mitch McConnell: end the culture of corruption in the Senate.” 

The ad will run on digital platforms in Washington, D.C., for the next two weeks. 

It's part of a broader strategy where Democrats across the board are going to begin calling out the Senate for a culture of corruption, according to Fix Our Senate, a D.C.-based advocacy organization that aims to fight obstruction and McConnell’s “dangerous legislative agenda.”


After news of the senators selling stock broke last month, Loeffler, whose husband is the chairman of the New York Stock Exchange, called it a “ridiculous and baseless attack.” 

“I do not make investment decisions for my portfolio," Loeffler tweeted at the time. "Investment decisions are made by multiple third-party advisors without my or my husband's knowledge or involvement."

Burr also denied wrongdoing and requested the Senate Ethics Committee launch an investigation into his stock trading.

Inhofe said in a statement that he did not attend the Senate coronavirus briefing.

A spokesperson for Feinstein told The New York Times at the time that the senator had nothing to do with the decision to sell her stocks. Feinstein’s assets are in a blind trust and the senator has no involvement in her husband’s financial decisions, the spokesperson said.