BREAKING (but not surprising): McConnell is corrupt

“For the McConnells corruption is a family affair,” said American Bridge spokesperson Amelia Penniman. “It’s no wonder he’s been an historically obstructionist Senate Majority Leader: he’s been too busy abusing his office in pursuit of sweetheart deals for his political benefactors to get anything meaningful done for the country. That’s about as swampy as it gets.”

Politico: Emails reveal coordination between Chao, McConnell offices
By Tanya Snyder | February 19, 2019

“A trove of more than 800 pages of emails sheds new light on the working relationship between Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, one of the most potent power couples in Washington — including their dealings with McConnell supporters from their home state of Kentucky.”
“Chao has met at least 10 times with politicians and business leaders from the state in response to requests from McConnell’s office…In some cases, those people later received what they were hoping […]

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FLIP FLOP: Cory Gardner on Trump’s national emergency

“Cory Gardner is so terrified of breaking with Trump that he’s done a complete 180 on the President’s national emergency declaration,” said American Bridge spokesperson Amelia Penniman. “He’s trying and failing to have it both ways — the oldest losing strategy in the book.”

FLIP: “I think declaring a national emergency is not the right idea.”

FLOP: “We certainly have a challenge at the border…Obviously the 1976 [National Emergencies Act] gives the President some authority, and so we’re looking into those authorities.”

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QUICK CLIP: They’re Toast

Don’t take it from us. Even conservatives are admitting President Trump’s national emergency declaration spells trouble for 2020 Senate Republicans.

This weekend, talking heads and pundits filled the airwaves with grim predictions for Senate Republicans who are increasingly between Trump and a hard place as 2020 approaches.

Jennifer Rubin: “I think Susan Collins is going to be toast. I think Cory Gardner is going to be toast. I think Thom Tillis is going to be toast.”

Watch Rubin on MSNBC here:


Watch the full clip here.

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Join Sens. McConnell and Thune in the nation’s capital to help kick off Cory Gardner’s Senate campaign

“Cory Gardner has chosen to kick off his reelection campaign with a who’s who of Republican Party bosses in the heart of the Swamp,” said American Bridge spokesperson Amelia Penniman. “That should tell Coloradans all they need to know about his priorities.”

Colorado Times Recorder: It’s Official: Gardner 2020 Campaign Kicks Off in DC With Leadership Luncheon
By Erik Maulbetsch | February 13, 2019

“Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner is officially running for re-election next year. His 2020 campaign will “kick off” Feb. 27 with a Washington, D.C. luncheon hosted by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), ‘benefiting the reelection campaign of Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO).’”
“In addition to musings that he might step down voluntarily, the first-term senator has drawn fire from his conservative base, including county party officials who have publicly called for a primary challenge to Gardner.”
“The presence of entire Senate Republican leadership team demonstrates the significance of Gardner’s seat. In addition […]

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Despite Claiming ‘Error,’ Ernst Signed Affidavit to Illegally Apply for Multiple Property Tax Breaks

American Ledger: Despite Claiming ‘Error,’ Ernst Signed Affidavit to Illegally Apply for Multiple Property Tax Breaks
By Cole Driver | February 13, 2019

Despite Sen. Joni Ernst’s claims that she illegally received a tax break for Washington homeowners in “error,” records showed that Ernst had to sign an affidavit to get the tax break.

After the Des Moines Register reported Monday that Ernst, R-Iowa, illegally applied for multiple housing deductions for her homes in the capital and Iowa, Ernst attempted to mute the controversy by repaying the District of Columbia.

“Regrettably, this was an error and upon it being brought to her attention, she immediately paid back the D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue,” Ernst’s spokesman Brendan Conley told the Register.

However, according to the district’s Homestead Deduction Application, homeowners must sign an affidavit, under penalty of perjury, that they are primary residents of Washington to receive the homestead tax credit.

In […]

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QUICK CLIPS: Day 2 of Joni Ernst’s Tax Fraud Fallout

Joni Ernst’s tax fraud fallout has reached a fever pitch in Iowa, and voters are taking note.

Iowans tuning into local TV last night learned that Ernst had “filed for a tax break in Washington, DC illegally,” and “Ernst claimed a homestead tax credit on both her home in Iowa and her residence in DC. You’re not allowed to claim the credit on more than one residence.”

“Joni Ernst broke the law by seeking multiple homestead deductions,” said American Bridge spokesperson Amelia Penniman. “She also submitted a signed affidavit under penalty of perjury that swore her primary residence was in Washington, DC. Iowans are watching, and they deserve answers.”

Here’s what Iowans are watching:

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Susan Collins’ legacy and re-election are tied to Kavanaugh

“When Collins delivered her floor speech, ‘she guaranteed that she would own every single thing he did,’ said Amelia Penniman, spokeswoman for the progressive research PAC American Bridge. ‘Every single damaging vote he casts is going to be tied to Susan Collins.’”

Maine Beacon: Sen. Collins’ legacy, and her re-election, may be tied to Kavanaugh

By Robin Bravender | February 13, 2019

Whether she likes it or not, Sen. Susan Collins can expect to take heat just about every time Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh takes a conservative stance on a polarizing legal issue.

That was evident last week after Kavanaugh broke from his colleagues in an abortion ruling. The Supreme Court’s majority blocked a Louisiana law that would have restricted access to abortions in the state, but Kavanaugh argued the law should have gone into effect.

Groups that criticized Collins after her pivotal vote last year to confirm Kavanaugh seized […]

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NEW: Joni Ernst Illegally Accepted Homestead Tax Deductions

Ernst claimed Washington, DC as her primary residence

“Senator Ernst clearly violated the law by seeking multiple homestead deductions,” said American Bridge spokeswoman Amelia Penniman. “Millions of Iowans pay their taxes on time under penalty of law. Why is it that Senator Ernst will only pay hers when she’s caught red-handed?”

Des Moines Register: U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst refunds $1,900 illegitimate tax break on D.C. condo; she also took break on Iowa home
By Jason Clayworth | Feb. 11, 2019

“U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst last week repaid almost $1,900 for a tax break that she had claimed on her Washington, D.C., condo since 2016, while simultaneously claiming a similar tax break in Iowa. Homestead tax credits are available only to people who own property and claim the property as their primary residence.”
“Her office said her claim of the homestead tax credit in Washington, D.C., was an error that she rectified with the check. […]

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Democrats Come For Susan Collins After Brett Kavanaugh Backs Anti-Abortion Law

“Amelia Penniman, a spokesperson for the progressive research group American Bridge, said Kavanaugh wouldn’t even be on the court if it weren’t for Collins’ deciding vote.

“‘It has always been crystal clear that he intended to use his position to attack abortion rights, and thanks to Susan Collins, women will now pay the price,’ Penniman said in a statement. ‘This will go down in history as a key portion of her legacy, and it’s a reality that she will have to answer for next year when she faces voters.’”

Huffington Post: Democrats Come For Susan Collins After Brett Kavanaugh Backs Anti-Abortion Law

By Jennifer Bendery | February 10, 2010

WASHINGTON ― Progressive advocacy groups are furious about Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh voting Thursday to let an anti-abortion law take effect in Louisiana. But they are directing their ire at another person too: Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine).

Collins, who is up […]

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Kavanaugh’s attack on Roe v. Wade is Susan Collins’s legacy

“Brett Kavanaugh has a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court because Susan Collins was the deciding vote to put him on the bench. It has always been crystal clear that he intended to use his position to attack abortion rights, and thanks to Susan Collins, women will now pay the price. This will go down in history as a key portion of her legacy, and it’s a reality that she will have to answer for next year when she faces voters,” said American Bridge spokesperson Amelia Penniman.

ICYMI — Collins got a major fundraising boost for her Kavanaugh vote.

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