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.

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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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QUICK CLIP: Joni Ernst sheds crocodile tears for Iowan farmers

Last night on Fox News Joni Ernst acknowledged Iowan farmers are “feeling the pinch” of President Trump’s disastrous trade war.

But Ernst has been conspicuously absent from high profile bipartisan efforts to alleviate tariff pressure on farmers and small businesses.

Yesterday, while two of her Republican Senate colleagues held a bipartisan press conference with suffering famers, Ernst continued her empty rhetoric on the trade war. Meanwhile, farmers in Iowa and across the country are increasingly squeezed by a trade war with no end in sight.

Watch Ernst’s crocodile tears on Fox News:

Watch the clip online here.

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NEW: Susan Collins Raised More Money From Brett Kavanaugh Supporters Than Mainers

“‘For all the talk about Collins’s record-setting quarter, the reality is that she raised more money from Kavanaugh sympathizers than she did from the people she’s supposed to be representing,’ said Amelia Penniman, a spokeswoman for Bridge. ‘That fact speaks volumes and underscores exactly why her days in the Senate are numbered.’”

Huffington Post: Susan Collins Raised More Money From Brett Kavanaugh Supporters Than Mainers

By Amanda Terkel | February 6, 2019

“Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) had the best fundraising quarter of her life in 2018, boosted in part by her decision to support Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court.”
“Collins raised $1.8 million in the last quarter of the year, but just $19,000 of that money came in itemized donations ― contributions of $200 or more ― from residents of Maine.”
“In contrast, $32,000 came from public advocates of Kavanaugh’s nomination, according to a review by the Democratic opposition research group American Bridge […]

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Daines Touts His Support for Law Enforcement at State of the Union Despite Repeatedly Voting Against Public Safety

The Montana Post: Daines Touts His Support for Law Enforcement at State of the Union Despite Repeatedly Voting Against Public Safety

By Don Pogreba | February 4, 2019

“Senator Daines announced last week that he would be inviting Jodi Moore, the wife of Broadwater County sheriff’s deputy Mason Moore, an officer tragically killed in the line of duty during a traffic stop in 2017, as his guest to the State of the Union address.”
“It is hard to reconcile Daines’s decision to invite her with his voting record, one that shows a clear pattern of refusing to support first responders, those battling the opioid crisis, and programs designed to combat violence against women.”
“In 2014, as a member of the House, Daines voted against increasing funding for programs to combat violence against women and support community policing in the COPS measure. In that vote, Daines, also rejected additional funding for […]

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