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 McConnellGraham calls on Schumer to hold vote to dismiss article of impeachment against Trump Rove: Chances of conviction rise if Giuliani represents Trump in Senate impeachment trial Boebert communications director resigns amid Capitol riot: report 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 BurrOfficials discussing 25th Amendment for Trump following violence at Capitol GOP senator says Trump 'bears responsibility' for Capitol riot Republican infighting on election intensifies MORE (R-N.C.) and Sen. Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerNikki Haley unveils PAC ahead of possible 2024 White House bid McConnell has said he thinks Trump committed impeachable offenses: report Top Republican congressional aide resigns, rips GOP lawmakers who objected to Biden win 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 InhofeMcConnell about to school Trump on political power for the last time 'I saw my life flash before my eyes': An oral history of the Capitol attack Republican senators now regret not doing more to contain Trump MORE (R-Okla.) and Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinBottom line Trump vetoes bipartisan driftnet fishing bill Dumping Abraham Lincoln? A word of advice to the 'cancel culture' 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.