VIDEO: Welcome to the Swamp, Mike Braun

Today American Bridge released a video featuring original footage of Indiana Senate candidate Mike Braun going door to door on K Street to raise money for his Senate campaign. Braun’s fundraising blitz comes after months of stump speeches decrying DC politicians who are beholden to special interests and lobbyists.

“Mike Braun wasted no time trading in his blue button down and jeans for a K Street-approved suit,” said American Bridge spokesperson Amelia Penniman. “Braun’s week of DC fundraisers promises bundles of insider cash — but flies in the face of his campaign promises. Hoosiers deserve to know the truth: Mike Braun doesn’t value their interests, he values Washington special interests.”

Watch American Bridge’s video of Mike Braun exiting one DC lobbying firm to head to the next:

Watch American Bridge’s original footage here.

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QUICK CLIP: “Outsider” Mike Braun Embarks on a Tour of K Street

After winning the Indiana Senate primary as the ‘outsider’ candidate, Rep. Mike Braun has kicked off a week in Washington by rubbing shoulders with a who’s who of the Swamp. Braun’s full schedule of fundraisers on K Street and beyond is sure to net him some campaign cash, but will it really leave him “not beholden to anyone“?

“Mike Braun ditched his outsider gimmick faster than you can say ‘drain the swamp.’ Add this one to the long list of Braun saying one thing and doing another for his own political gain,” said American Bridge spokesperson Amelia Penniman. 

Indianapolis’s WRTV highlighted Braun’s hypocrisy with a throwback to a Braun ad that painted his primary opponents as “swamp brothers”:

Watch the full video here.

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Senate Brief: GOP Gone Wild

Week of Monday, May 21

IN BRIEF: Dysfunction reigns supreme across Republican Senate campaigns. From lackluster performances by party leadership’s hand-picked candidates to infighting still plaguing GOP ranks, the prospect of a strong Senate map isn’t looking so assured for national Republicans.

A week after the Pennsylvania Senate primary, GOP candidate Rep. Lou Barletta’s campaign came under fire – from fellow Republicans –  as “lackadaisical” and “disorganized.”

According to the Washington Examiner, senior Republicans raised red flags about Barletta, even after he won the GOP primary with the last minute addition of a robocall from President Trump.
One Republican strategist said of Barletta: “the sense is, nobody knows what the fuck he’s doing.”

Meanwhile, Nevada’s Dean Heller just can’t seem to do anything right.

Reporting from the Nevada Independent found that in spite of bragging about the bacon he’d bring home to Nevada as chairman of two Senate subcommittees, Heller never convened a single […]

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Rick Scott’s Opioid Producer Ties Are The Definition Of A Conflict Of Interest

“It’s no wonder Rick Scott delayed taking action on Florida’s opioid crisis for years — he’s profiting from their deeply unethical business practices. Scott has nearly $300,000 invested in one drug company, and has given that company and others millions in tax breaks while their drugs hurt Floridians. That’s the definition of a conflict of interest,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp.

Tampa Bay Times: Opioid makers, called “drug dealers,” gave $1 million to Florida officials over 20 years

By Lawrence Mower | May 18, 2018

“When she announced her lawsuit against some of the largest makers of opioids this week, Republican Attorney General Pam Bondi vowed the companies would “pay” for what they’d done.”
“But for the last 20 years, they have been paying – to Florida politicians.”
“Gov. Rick Scott, also a Republican, has taken $6,000, records show, although his ties to one of the companies runs deeper.”
“Scott, upon taking office […]

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Dean Heller Hasn’t Held a *Single* Subcommittee Hearing Since He Was Given The Gavels

“Can anyone explain why lazy Dean Heller deserves his taxpayer-funded salary? Anyone?” asked American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp.

Nevada Independent: Despite early promises, Heller has yet to hold hearings in either of his congressional subcommittees

By Riley Snyder | May 18, 2018

“Over the past two years, Republican Sen. Dean Heller has publicly urged his fellow senators and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to work ‘full time, 24/7‘ to advance President Donald Trump and the Republican Party’s agenda in the U.S. Senate.”
“But that enthusiasm hasn’t translated to Heller’s role chairing two Senate subcommittees, which have yet to meet over the last year and a half since Heller was appointed to lead them and touted his ability in news releases to help Nevada through those roles.”
“A review of committee calendars for both the Senate Finance Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy, Natural Resources, and Infrastructure and the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee […]

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BREAKING: Adam Laxalt Finally Confronted About Support for Alleged Rapist Sheriff, Runs Away

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In a rare public appearance, Washington, D.C. native Adam Laxalt was finally confronted about his support for alleged rapist and admitted sexual harasser Gerald Antinoro.

As Laxalt’s handlers nervously watched, perhaps contemplating how someone got between them and the candidate they’ve been sworn to protect from interactions with actual voters, Laxalt was asked about recent Facebook ads regarding his support for Antinoro. Instead of using the opportunity to renounce his numerous supporters like Antinoro who are accused of sexual harassment and assault, Laxalt refused to answer the question and awkwardly ran away.

“Adam Laxalt’s handlers finally failed at keeping Laxalt away from questions about his support of an alleged rapist and sexual harasser,” said American Bridge spokesperson Zach Hudson.“Unfortunately, Laxalt still refused to provide a straight answer – or any answer – on why he continues to tout the endorsement of an alleged rapist. […]

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Lou Barletta’s Bad Week 1

Fresh off his primary win, Lou Barletta is bending over backward to alienate, bore, or confound every Republican in Pennsylvania. Check out some of the press coverage Barletta’s winning strategy has received in his first week as Republican candidate for U.S. Senate.

Washington Examiner: Pennsylvania Republicans hit the panic button over Senate nominee Lou Barletta
Al Weaver & David M. Drucker | May 17, 2018

“Senior Republicans are sounding the alarm about Rep. Lou Barletta’s, R-Pa., struggling Senate campaign in Pennsylvania, fretting that his lackadaisical, disorganized effort will hand a third term to incumbent Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa.”
“The congressman is taking fire from Republicans at home and in Washingtonwho worried that he is relying too much on the president to boost his flagging Senate bid.”
“Barletta has been a disappointing fundraiser and been too slow to ramp up a capable statewide campaign operation, his critics charge.”
“’The sense is, nobody knows what the fuck […]

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