Democratic group targets GOP senators with ads ahead of impeachment vote

A prominent liberal super PAC on Friday will launch an ad campaign targeting several GOP senators urging them to vote to convict former President TrumpDonald TrumpGaetz was denied meeting with Trump: CNN Federal Reserve chair: Economy would have been 'so much worse' without COVID-19 relief bills Police in California city declare unlawful assembly amid 'white lives matter' protest MORE in his impeachment trial.

American Bridge 21st Century, through its nonprofit affiliate group Bridge Project, will send out digital ads and texts urging constituents of GOP senators to call their offices and urge them to vote to convict Trump over his alleged role inciting the deadly Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol. 

The plans, shared exclusively with The Hill, will target nine GOP senators: Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiTrump looms large over GOP donor retreat in Florida Top GOP super PAC endorses Murkowski amid primary threat Biden-GOP infrastructure talks off to rocky start MORE (Alaska), Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden assails 'epidemic' of gun violence amid SC, Texas shootings Biden-GOP infrastructure talks off to rocky start Moderate GOP senators and Biden clash at start of infrastructure debate MORE (Maine), Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrNorth Carolina mayor Rett Newton launches Senate bid Democratic hopeful Jeff Jackson raises .3M for North Carolina Senate bid Rick Scott 'very optimistic' Grassley will run for another term MORE (N.C.), Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanGOP Ohio Senate candidate asked to leave RNC retreat To encourage innovation, Congress should pass two bills protecting important R&D tax provision The Hill's Morning Report - Biden assails 'epidemic' of gun violence amid SC, Texas shootings MORE (Ohio), Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeySasse rebuked by Nebraska Republican Party over impeachment vote Philly GOP commissioner on censures: 'I would suggest they censure Republican elected officials who are lying' Toomey censured by several Pennsylvania county GOP committees over impeachment vote MORE (Pa.), Bill CassidyBill CassidyCalls grow for national paid family leave amid pandemic Senators urge Energy chief to prioritize cybersecurity amid growing threats Vivek Murthy confirmed as surgeon general MORE (La.), Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyTwo sheriff's deputies shot by gunman in Utah Romney blasts end of filibuster, expansion of SCOTUS On management of Utah public lands, Biden should pursue an accountable legislative process MORE (Utah), Richard ShelbyRichard Craig ShelbyFive takeaways from Biden's first budget proposal Overnight Defense: Biden proposes 3B defense budget | Criticism comes in from left and right | Pentagon moves toward new screening for extremists Biden defense budget criticized by Republicans, progressives alike MORE (Ala.) and Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden assails 'epidemic' of gun violence amid SC, Texas shootings Trump faces test of power with early endorsements Trump endorses Rand Paul for reelection MORE (Wis.).


In an ad specifically targeting Murkowski, who has become one of Trump’s most outspoken Republican critics, the super PAC begins by saying, “the Trump-led assault on law enforcement and our Capitol cannot be forgotten” as it shows footage of rioters breaking into the building. 

The 16-second video continues, “Our senators need to do their jobs by holding Trump accountable for this violent January 6th insurrection.”

The ad then gives viewers the phone number for Murkowski’s Washington, D.C., office, urging her constituents to “tell her she must convict Trump.”

In a statement shared with The Hill, American Bridge President Bradley Beychok said, “To protect our democracy and our rule of law, Donald Trump must be held accountable.”

Beychok added, “We urge Republican Senators to for once put their country ahead of their party and hold Trump accountable so the insurrection we saw on January 6 never happens again.”


Murkowski this week told reporters amid House impeachment managers’ arguments before the Senate that the Democrats “are making a very strong case for a timeline that laid out very clearly the words that were used, when he [Trump] used them, how he used to really build the anger, the violence that we saw here in this Capitol.”

On Wednesday, Murkowski said after the second day of the impeachment trial, “After the American public sees the full story laid out here ... I don’t see how Donald Trump could be reelected to the presidency again.”

Meanwhile, Romney is viewed as a likely vote in favor of conviction, as he was the only Republican senator to vote to remove Trump from office after his first impeachment trial last year. 

Other moderate Republicans have criticized Trump for repeatedly making unsupported claims of a "rigged" election, though it is unclear if each of them will be moved to cross party lines and join Democrats in voting to convict Trump. 

After Democrats wrapped up their arguments Thursday, Trump’s team took center stage Friday, largely focusing its defense on the claim that Trump’s remarks leading up to the mob attack were protected by the First Amendment. 

Democrats would need 17 GOP senators to vote with them to convict Trump, an outcome widely considered unlikely.