Conservative group plans ad launch after court announcement to pressure red-state Dems

Conservative group plans ad launch after court announcement to pressure red-state Dems
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The conservative Judicial Crisis Network will launch an ad campaign after President TrumpDonald TrumpGiuliani used provisional ballot to vote in 2020 election, same method he disparaged in fighting to overturn results Trump gets lowest job approval rating in final days as president Fox News' DC managing editor Bill Sammon to retire MORE announces his Supreme Court nominee late Monday to pressure Democratic senators in red states to back the president's selection.

The group will release $1.4 million in digital and cable ads targeting lawmakers in Alabama, Indiana, North Dakota and West Virginia, Jonathan Easley and Alexis Simendinger reported in The Hill's Morning Report.

Democratic Sens. Joe DonnellyJoseph (Joe) Simon DonnellyBiden and Schumer face battles with left if Democrats win big Harris walks fine line on Barrett as election nears The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by JobsOhio - Showdown: Trump-Biden debate likely to be nasty MORE (Ind.), Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampHarrison seen as front-runner to take over DNC at crucial moment Biden to tap Vilsack for Agriculture secretary: reports OVERNIGHT ENERGY: EPA guidance may exempt some water polluters from Supreme Court permit mandate | Vilsack's stock rises with Team Biden | Arctic wildfires linked to warming temperatures: NOAA MORE (N.D.) and Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinSenate majority offers Biden new avenues on Trump environmental rollbacks OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Senate majority offers Biden new avenues on Trump environmental rollbacks | Democrats eye action on range of climate bills | Biden pushing to cancel Keystone XL pipeline as soon as he takes office: reports Daily Beast reporter discusses prospects for K stimulus checks MORE (W.Va.) are among those being targeted, as is Sen. Doug Jones (Ala.), they noted. Unlike the others, Jones is not up for reelection this year.


The Judicial Crisis Network is running the ads for one week and has reserved another four weeks of air time nationally and in the four states.

The ads will focus on the biography of Trump's Supreme Court pick.

Another crop of ads funded by the Judicial Crisis Network, which cost $1 million and started running over a week ago, frame Democrats who oppose Trump’s nominee as obstructionist.

"President Trump has proven that he wants the best of the best on the Supreme Court,” that ad’s narrator says. “He appointed Justice Neil Gorsuch, a fair and independent justice, committed to the Constitution.”

“Extremists will lie and attack the nominee, but don't be fooled,” the narrator continues. “President Trump's list includes the best of the best. And with your help, America will get another star on the Supreme Court.”

Democratic votes for Trump's Supreme Court pick may be important for confirmation, as Republicans hold a slim 51-49 Senate majority.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellWhat would MLK say about Trump and the Republican Party? Biden's minimum wage push faces uphill battle with GOP GOP senators wrestle with purging Trump from party MORE (R-Ky.) in 2016 blocked a vote on former President Obama’s Supreme Court pick, Merrick GarlandMerrick Brian GarlandBiden's new challenge: Holding Trump accountable Graham says he'll back Biden's CIA pick A Democratic agenda for impossibly hard times MORE, and many on the left are calling on a similar response from Democrats.

Americans for Prosperity, an advocacy group founded by GOP mega-donors Charles and David Koch, is also prepared to spend more than $1 million to support Trump's nominee, Politico reported. 

--This report was updated at 1:54 p.m.