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: Wisconsin Republicans’ Race to the Bottom Reaches New Lows

Week of Monday, May 14

IN BRIEF: What the hell is going on in Wisconsin? Leah Vukmir officially received her party’s endorsement for U.S. Senate this weekend at the Wisconsin Republican Convention, but this primary is far from over — and both candidates are increasingly embroiled in controversies of their own making.

Losing the party’s endorsement must have been the cherry on top of a horrible week for Kevin Nicholson.

It was a landslide: Vukmir took the convention by 72%.
Grassroots Wisconsin Republicans rallied behind Vukmir, while “Nicholson remains powered by millions of dollars in spending from groups and individuals outside Wisconsin.”

Nicholson continues to face backlash on all sides after nearly two weeks of attacks against veterans, during which he’s refused to back down on questioning the “cognitive thought process” of veterans who vote for Democrats.

Here’s a handy highlight reel of Nicholson’s anti-veterans media […]

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Ahead of Trump-Pence Campaign Stop for Mike Braun, American Bridge Launches Search Ads

Google Ads Will Help Hoosiers Find Out “Who Is Mike Braun”

Today, ahead of Donald Trump and Mike Pence’s campaign visit to Indiana to campaign for new Senate nominee Rep. Mike Braun, American Bridge is launching Google search ads to inform Hoosiers exactly who their Republican Senate nominee is.

When Hoosiers — many of whom will first learn about Mike Braun as he campaigns today — search Google for “Mike Braun” or “Who is Mike Braun,” targeted search ads will direct them to a website that highlights what Rep. Braun’s fellow Republicans think about him.

“When you’re meeting someone for the first time, it’s best to talk to those who know him best. So we thought Hoosiers should really hear from Congressmen Rokita and Messer, two Republicans who have some choice words for Rep. Mike Braun. Although Indiana’s brutal primary has come to a close, Mike Braun can’t […]

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NEW ADS: Bruising Primaries Leave GOP Candidates Irreparably Damaged Ahead of General Election

Braun, Morrisey, and DeWine have been lambasted
for months by their fellow Republicans

Today, immediately following Senate primaries in Indiana and West Virginia, and the gubernatorial primary in Ohio, American Bridge released new digital ads targeting the newly minted Republican candidates. The ads ask Hoosiers, West Virginians, and Ohioans – if their new nominees’ fellow Republicans so thoroughly denounced them, why should any Republican voter have confidence in their candidacies?

The 30-second ads will play this week on social media in Indiana, West Virginia, and Ohio, targeted to Republican voters. Among the damaging attacks on their U.S. Senate and gubernatorial nominees that voters will hear straight from the mouths of their fellow Republicans are: 

“Mike Braun is just willing to say anything to get elected.” – Rep. Luke Messer (R-IN)
“The problem with Patrick Morrisey is he’s just not being honest.” – Rep. Evan Jenkins (R-WV)
“That’s what Mike DeWine represents, he is the establishment… he is a career […]

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NEW AD: Bruising Indiana Primary Leaves Braun Irreparably Damaged Ahead of General Election

Today, immediately following the Indiana Senate primary election, American Bridge released a new digital ad targeting newly minted Republican Senate nominee Mike Braun. The ad asks Hoosiers – if Braun’s fellow Republicans have so thoroughly denounced him, how can any Republican voter trust him to be their Senator?

The 30-second ad will play this week on social media in Indiana targeted to Republican voters. Among the damaging attacks Hoosiers will hear once again about their U.S. Senate nominee from his fellow Republicans are:

Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN): “Mike Braun is trying to buy a Senate seat.”
Rep. Luke Messer (R-IN): “Mike Braun is just willing to say anything to get elected.”
Messer: “How can any Hoosier conservative trust you?”

American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp said, “Braun barely survived a bruising Republican primary — and came away with his opponents’ damaging attacks still sticking to his back. If this is what fellow Republicans were willing to say about Braun, how can […]

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Senate Brief: The First GOP Senate Primaries Happen Tomorrow. They’ve Been A Disaster For Republicans.

Week of Monday, May 7

IN BRIEF: Start your engines. The first Senate primaries of the year happen tomorrow, and they’ve been a disaster for Republicans. No matter who wins the primaries in West Virginia, Indiana, and Ohio tomorrow night, the winner has absorbed lasting damage that voters won’t forget.

In West Virginia, the contest labeled “America’s wildest Senate primary” hit a fever pitch with the candidates pulling no punches in their desperation to  tear each other down:

“Jenkins and Morrisey spent the final stretch of the race savaging each otherin debates and TV commercials,” a dynamic that has senior Republicans scared, Politico reported.
Meanwhile, in another episode of “Don Blankenship said What?!”: Blankenship’s latest racist ad that prompted headlines like, “The Worst Senate Candidate in America,” and “I’m All for Ragging on Mitch McConnell, But This Is Nuts.
On Sunday, Morrisey  Read more after the jump.

QUICK CLIP: Horrible Boss Braun’s Career of Hypocrisy

Indiana Senate candidate Rep. Mike Braun’s abusive business record doesn’t match his self-satisfied stump speeches. Beneath Braun’s bragging about his business record is a career built on mistreating his employees.

 

On the stump, Braun promises to protect workers from outsourcing — while enjoying the spoils of deep-rooted dealings with foreign companies. His company has benefited from government subsidies — meanwhile, Braun doesn’t waste breath criticizing them. And the cherry on top of a sleazy business career: the multiple lawsuits from workers hurt and wronged while under the employ of Rep. Mike Braun.

 

Watch WRTV take apart Rep. Mike Braun’s record of saying one thing and doing another:

Watch the full clip here.

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Senate Brief: GOP Primary Candidates Are Taking Off The Gloves Ahead of May’s Primaries

Week of Monday, April 30

IN BRIEF:  As the first GOP Senate primaries and conventions approach, Republican candidates are taking off the gloves and irreparably damaging their opponents.

In West Virginia, Republican candidates are tearing each other down, with Attorney General Patrick Morrisey attacking Rep. Evan Jenkins for switching parties, while Jenkins is hammering Morrisey as a New Jersey carpetbagger.

But don’t forget: before this primary, Morrisey, Jenkins, and disgraced coal baron Don Blankenship were thick as thieves, supporting one another’s causes.

In Wisconsin, a debate between Kevin Nicholson and state Sen. Leah Vukmir “turned caustic” as Vukmir questioned Nicholson’s conservative credentials and demanded an apology from Nicholson for his attacks against her. “We know more about Kevin’s track record as a Democrat than we do about his track record as a Republican,” Vukmir said.

This debate was hosted by American for Prosperity, so was supposed to be a risk-free zone for the candidates: […]

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SENATE BRIEF: Republicans’ Weak Candidates (Yet Again) Underperform – GOP’s Blankenship Problem – Abysmal GOP Fundraising – Rick Scott Under Fire

Week of Monday, April 16

IN BRIEF: Their historically weak field of Senate candidates is costing Republicans cold hard cash — and that’s just the start of their problems. From oppo dumps to missed fundraising expectations to misleading (and often bizarre) rhetoric, Republican candidates across the country are proving that they’re just not ready for the bright spotlight of a U.S. Senate campaign. As fundraising numbers trickle in and primary dates approach, the news from the campaign trail is looking grim for Republicans:

WEST VIRGINIA: Republicans are so terrified convicted criminal Don Blankenship will steal the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate, they have launched a secret group to try to stop Blankenship’s candidacy. Count on this group — which is closely tied to the Senate Leadership Fund — to pour millions into West Virginia ahead of the May 8 primary, wasting precious resources.
MONTANA: Two of the leading candidates in the contentious GOP primary,  Read more after the jump.