Conservation group launches $1M ad campaign hitting Trump monument decision

Conservation group launches $1M ad campaign hitting Trump monument decision
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A conservation group is launching a $1 million television and radio advertisement campaign targeting three House Republicans over President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: I hope voters pay attention to Dem tactics amid Kavanaugh fight South Korea leader: North Korea agrees to take steps toward denuclearization Graham calls handling of Kavanaugh allegations 'a drive-by shooting' MORE’s decision to shrink monument protections in Utah.

The Western Values Project's ads will go after Reps. Greg WaldenGregory (Greg) Paul WaldenHouse GOP blocks Trump-supported drug pricing provision from spending bill GOP turns its fire on Google Hillicon Valley: Twitter chief faces GOP anger over bias | DOJ convenes meeting on bias claims | Rubio clashes with Alex Jones | DHS chief urges lawmakers to pass cyber bill | Sanders bill takes aim at Amazon MORE (R-Ore.), Jaime Herrera BeutlerJaime Lynn Herrera BeutlerWashington’s Dem governor invites Trump to come campaign for GOP candidates Dems see wider path to House after tight Ohio race Record numbers of women nominated for governor, Congress MORE (R-Wash.) and Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyThe Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by United Against Nuclear Iran — Kavanaugh and his accuser will testify publicly The Memo: Kavanaugh firestorm consumes political world Kavanaugh becomes September surprise for midterm candidates MORE (R-Ariz.).

The ads tell viewers about Trump’s executive order shrinking the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments in Utah, and highlights potential public land policy changes in the three states it is set to air in. 

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The group calls on viewers to tell Walden, Beutler and McSally to “stop the attacks on public lands because your American birthright is not for sale.”

The ads are some of the first to come out since Trump’s Dec. 4 announcement shrinking Utah’s monuments. Trump’s decision, while popular with conservatives, has angered environmentalists and public lands activists who warn it could open the door to more development on land owned by the federal government.

Interior Secretary Ryan ZinkeRyan Keith ZinkeTrump administration weakens methane pollution standards for drilling on public lands Big-game hunters infuriated by Trump elephant trophy debacle Interior moves ahead with opening wildlife refuge next to contaminated nuclear site MORE has recommended Trump shrink two more monuments and change land management practices on several others.

Western Values Project polled voters in the three targeted districts, finding majorities of respondents oppose the Utah decisions.

“Public lands are a cornerstone of the way of life in communities across the West. Whether you live in Arizona, Washington, or Oregon, the administration’s plan to gut protections for public lands is wildly unpopular,” Chris Saeger, executive director of the Western Values Project, said in a statement.

“This isn’t about politics or political parties. It’s about supporters of our public lands, from hunters and anglers to conservationists standing shoulder to shoulder with our leaders in Congress and protecting our public lands for future generations.”