After 8 Days of Silence, Mike Braun Defends Curtis Hill … Then His Campaign Cleans It Up

Today, after eight days of cowardly silence, Rep. Mike Braun finally made a public statement about the sexual assault allegations against Curtis Hil — and it didn’t go well. When radio host Tony Katz asked Rep. Braun if Hill should resign, well, Braun actually defended Hill:

​​”I think to me that’s a personal decision, and he’s decided, and I’ve listened to every detail of it yesterday, to fight it. And I think that’s within his right to do so.”
​​”He has vehemently denied it. And I think the process that he’ll be going through hopefully will give him the ability to give his side of the case. But as far as where I’m at with it, I think where it’s at right now is where I’d be.”

Instead of unequivocally calling on Hill to resign (as Republicans like Gov. Holcomb and House Speaker Brian Bosma have done), Rep. Braun said Hill should continue to defend himself and […]

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Senate Brief: Mike Braun is Shamefully Silent on the Sexual Assault Scandal Rocking Indiana Politics

Week of Monday, July 9, 2018

IN BRIEF: Mike Braun is staying shamefully silent in the face of multiple accusations against Indiana’s Attorney General Curtis Hill of sexual assault and harassment. Numerous prominent Hoosier Republicans have called for his resignation, but despite the allegations, Mike Braun has remained conspicuously silent. To recap:

Attorney General Hill is facing an Indiana inspector general investigation after four women accused him of inappropriately touching them at an Indianapolis bar in March.
Gov. Eric Holcomb, House Speaker Brian Bosma, and Senate leader David Long — all Republicans — have called for Hill’s resignation.
But all the while, Rep. Mike Braun, the top Republican on Indiana’s ballot this year, has said nothing — showing voters that when push comes to shove, he’ll stand with his fellow political insiders rather than doing the right thing.  

ON THE HILL: When will Reps. Kevin Cramer, Martha McSally, Lou Barletta, Marsha Blackburn, and Jim […]

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As Top Indiana Republicans Call on AG Hill to Resign, Mike Braun Stays Silent

“Mike Braun’s silence about the shocking allegations of sexual assault by Attorney General Curtis Hill speaks volumes,” said American Bridge spokesperson Amelia Penniman. “Even as his Republican allies call for Hill’s resignation, Braun refuses to do the right thing. That’s not leadership.”

IndyStar: Attorney General Curtis Hill under investigation following calls by top Indiana Republicans
By Tony Cook and Ryan Martin | July 5, 2018

“Three of Indiana’s top Republican leaders called on embattled Attorney General Curtis Hill to resign following allegations that he inappropriately touched four women at an Indianapolis bar in March.”
“In coordinated statements Thursday night, Gov. Eric Holcomb, House Speaker Brian Bosma and Senate leader David Long demanded that Hill, a fellow Republican, step down immediately.”
“A chorus of other voices, including Lt. Gov Suzanne Crouch and Secretary of State Connie Lawson, both Republicans, would soon join.”
“In their joint statement, Long and Bosma said they believe Hill’s accusers […]

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Horrible Boss Braun Slips Up, Touts Relationship With Outsourcers

Rep. Mike Braun showed his true colors yesterday with the release of a new ad that touts his partnerships with companies that outsource jobs. In his rush to rebut allegations of mismanagement, worker abuses — and, yes, outsourcing — Braun included a nod to two business partners that use overseas manufacturing facilities.

“Rep. Mike Braun’s fumble is just the latest misstep from a campaign that has endured weeks of lost momentum and brutal local press coverage,” said American Bridge spokesperson Amelia Penniman. “Including business partners who outsource American jobs in his TV ad is the kind of gaffe that tells the truth: Mike Braun is a political insider who makes millions while Hoosier families suffer.”

IndyStar: Ad by GOP Senate candidate Mike Braun sends unintended mixed message on outsourcing jobs

By Maureen Groppe | June 21, 2018

“GOP Senate candidate Mike Braun boasts in a new campaign ad that his business is ‘proud to […]

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QUICK CLIP: Mike Braun’s Missing Financial Disclosure

This morning, Indiana’s WTHR highlighted Senate candidate Mike Braun’s failure to file a personal financial disclosure form by the federal deadline, saying the missed deadline was “kind of a big deal.”

Braun is required by federal ethics rules to file a personal financial disclosure by May 15, and could face a fine for his failure to meet the deadline.

“Hoosiers curious about Mike Braun’s murky past have been forced to stay in the dark by Braun’s failure to file a simple disclosure,” said American Bridge spokesperson Amelia Penniman. “Voters have already read about Braun’s bad business practices and his record of enriching himself and his donors — how many more skeletons are in his closet?”

Watch WTHR question Mike Braun’s missing financial disclosure:

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NEW AD Features Beholden Mike Braun Campaigning with Lobbyists Aligned with Indiana Outsourcers

American Bridge launched a new digital ad today featuring exclusive footage of Indiana Senate candidate Mike Braun exiting a fundraiser at Washington, DC lobbying firm BGR Group.

BGR Group lists among its clients United Technologies, the parent group of Carrier, which outsourced over 500 Indiana jobs to Mexico.

“Mike Braun called DC politicians ‘beholden…to lobbyists, PACs, and the people who finance their campaigns.’ But now that he’s won the primary he apparently has no qualms about rubbing shoulders with Washington insiders. A week of high-dollar fundraisers with a who’s who of the Swamp makes one thing clear: Mike Braun is committed to flooding the Swamp, not draining it,” said American Bridge spokesperson Amelia Penniman.

WATCH “Beholden Braun” strolling down K Street:

Watch the full ad here.

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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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