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. 


President TrumpDonald TrumpUS, South Korea reach agreement on cost-sharing for troops Graham: Trump can make GOP bigger, stronger, or he 'could destroy it' Biden nominates female generals whose promotions were reportedly delayed under Trump 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 DonnellyEverybody wants Joe Manchin Centrist Democrats pose major problem for progressives Biden and Schumer face battles with left if Democrats win big MORE (Ind.), Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinDemocrats near pressure point on nixing filibuster  All eyes on Manchin after COVID-19 aid passes Senate Justice: 'I'm not going to get in a food fight with Joe Manchin' on use of CARES Act funds MORE (W.Va.) and Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampCentrist Democrats pose major problem for progressives Harrison seen as front-runner to take over DNC at crucial moment Biden to tap Vilsack for Agriculture secretary: reports 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 MurkowskiGOP senator defends Cheney, Murkowski after Trump rebuke Trump promises to travel to Alaska to campaign against Murkowski GOP votes in unison against COVID-19 relief bill MORE (R), who is considered one of two Republicans who may oppose Kavanaugh. Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsSenate rejects Sanders minimum wage hike Murkowski votes with Senate panel to advance Haaland nomination OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Interior reverses Trump policy that it says restricted science | Collins to back Haaland's Interior nomination | Republicans press Biden environment nominee on Obama-era policy 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.