NRA will spend $1M to support Kavanaugh for Supreme Court: report

The National Rifle Association (NRA) has launched a seven-figure ad campaign that targets potential swing votes in the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

USA Today first reported on Tuesday that the organization will spend upwards of $1 million to boost Kavanaugh’s nomination. The NRA released its first ad in the campaign, which touts Kavanaugh as the potential tie-breaking vote on gun rights.

“Four liberal justices oppose your right to self-defense. Four justices support your right to self-defense,” the narrator in the ad states. 

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President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump suggests some states may 'pay nothing' as part of unemployment plan Trump denies White House asked about adding him to Mount Rushmore Trump, US face pivotal UN vote on Iran MORE chose Brett Kavanaugh to break the tie. Your right to self-defense depends on this vote,” the narrator warns.

USA Today reported that regional ads will target Democratic Sens. Doug Jones (Ala.), Joe DonnellyJoseph (Joe) Simon DonnellyEx-Sen. Joe Donnelly endorses Biden Lobbying world 70 former senators propose bipartisan caucus for incumbents MORE (Ind.), Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinHillicon Valley: Facebook removes Trump post | TikTok gets competitor | Lawmakers raise grid safety concerns OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Court cancels shutdown of Dakota Access Pipeline | US could avoid 4.5M early deaths by fighting climate change, study finds | Officials warn of increasing cyber threats to critical infrastructure during pandemic Officials warn of increasing cyber threats to critical infrastructure during pandemic MORE (W.Va.) and Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn Heitkamp70 former senators propose bipartisan caucus for incumbents Susan Collins set to play pivotal role in impeachment drama Pro-trade group launches media buy as Trump and Democrats near deal on new NAFTA MORE (N.D.). All represent states President Trump won in 2016, and all but Jones are up for reelection in November.

Ads will also air in Alaska, targeting Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiOn The Money: Pessimism grows as coronavirus talks go down to the wire | Jobs report poised to light fire under COVID-19 talks | Tax preparers warn unemployment recipients could owe IRS Pessimism grows as coronavirus talks go down to the wire Hillicon Valley: Facebook removes Trump post | TikTok gets competitor | Lawmakers raise grid safety concerns MORE (R), who is considered one of two Republicans who may oppose Kavanaugh. Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsCoronavirus deal key to Republicans protecting Senate majority From a Republican donor to Senate GOP: Remove marriage penalty or risk alienating voters The Hill's Campaign Report: Trump's visit to battleground Ohio overshadowed by coronavirus MORE (R-Maine) is the other.

The ads will air on national cable and regional broadcasts through Aug. 27, USA Today reported.

Kavanaugh's nomination to replace retired Justice Anthony Kennedy prompted a flurry of high-priced advertising campaigns from outside groups, as well as an ongoing fierce partisan fight in the Senate.

If confirmed, Kavanaugh would cement a 5-4 conservative majority on the nation's highest court.

Liberal advocates and some lawmakers have suggested a vote on the Supreme Court vacancy should be put off until after the November midterms, while Republicans have said they intend to vote on Kavanaugh's nomination this fall.

A number of Democrats have already said they plan to oppose Kavanaugh's nomination, while others have demanded access to a massive amount of documents related to the judge's time working in the White House.

Democrats submitted FOIA requests to the CIA, the National Archives, the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security for documents tied to Kavanaugh's three-year stint as staff secretary for President George W. Bush.