Hypocrisy Alert:  GOP Senate Hopefuls Cared *A Lot* About Classified Information Last Year

Back in 2016 and earlier, ambitious Republican politicians scored political points by feigning outrage over the handling of classified information. Now these Republicans are running for U.S. Senate — or are weighing campaigns — and what action are they taking about Donald Trump’s dangerous recklessness with classified intelligence?


(Or, if you’re Jeff Flake and Dean Heller, worse than nothing: excuses for doing nothing that give Trump a free pass).

Let’s turn back the clock and take a look at what Republican Senate hopefuls said about the mishandling of classified information…

Pennsylvania: Rep. Lou Barletta: “A crime”
Florida: Gov. Rick Scott: Spent $1 million on ads about classified emails
Indiana: Luke Messer: “Dishonesty and poor judgment”
Missouri: Rep. Ann Wagner: “Cannot be trusted
North Dakota: Rep. Kevin Cramer: “Appoint a special prosecutor to formally investigate”
Pennsylvania: […]

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American Bridge Targets GOP Senate Hopefuls With Google Search Ads on Trump and Russia

Following Trump’s Leak To Russians, Ads Will Pressure Republicans To Support An Independent Investigation

Republican members of Congress considering a run for Senate are hiding from voters and the press, refusing to confront Donald Trump’s reckless disclosure of classified information to Russian officials and his reckless firing of FBI Director James Comey. This week, American Bridge will be helping out their constituents with search ads on Google explaining how they can hold their Member of Congress accountable.

The ads will appear on Google when users search for information about Trump’s leak to the Russians and the firing of James Comey. The ads will direct voters to an American Bridge websitethat helps them hold their member of Congress accountable and call for an independent investigation into Trump’s ties to Russia.

The ads target Rep. Todd Rokita, Rep. Luke Messer, Rep. Ann Wagner, Rep. Vicky Hartzler, Rep. Fred Upton, Rep. Lou Barletta, and Rep. Mike […]

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Representatives Susan Brooks Braces to Threaten Health Coverage for Indianans with Trumpcare Vote

The Trump Administration and Republicans in the House of Representatives are rushing a vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act this week and replace it with Trumpcare, which would devastate families in Indiana and across America. And U.S. Representative Susan Brooks is right there with them, jeopardizing health insurance and the wellbeing of people across Indiana.

“There are very few votes that define someone’s values like this one will.  Representative Susan Brooks should do the right thing and oppose this reckless, partisan attack on people across Indiana.  This bill will kick millions off of their insurance, needlessly bails out big insurance companies, and strips nearly $1 trillion from healthcare funding, all in order to cut taxes for the rich.  If they  vote for it, they should fully expect to be held accountable by their constituents,” said American Bridge Vice President Shripal Shah.

Nationally, the White House’s own Office of […]

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Congressman Luke Messer Suddenly  Discovers “The American Worker”

Today, career politician and Washington insider Rep. Luke Messer launches a “Task Force on the American Worker,” just in time to pad his resume before he runs for U.S. Senate.

American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp made this statement in response:

“Congratulations to Congressman Messer for discovering that American workers need our support. Messer has almost nothing to show for five years in Washington, so it’s no surprise that on the eve of his U.S. Senate campaign he’s in damage control mode. After half a decade in Congress, Messer failed to sponsor a single bill that was signed into law, but he has politicked all the way to fifth in House Leadership. It’s clear where Congressman Messer’s priorities lie — and marketing gimmicks won’t fool anyone.”

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Todd Young Gets Fitted With His Puppet Strings Via $24.3 Million

More than $24.3 million from outside groups has been spent boosting up GOP Congressman Todd Young in his Senate race. Who gave the man with a 94% AFP score for the 114th Congress all of that money? Washington insiders and the Koch brothers.

Mitch McConnell’s PAC has “spent more than $10.6 million to help get Young elected” and Koch affiliated groups have funneled in $3 million on “television and digital ads, mailers and phone banking.”

The Kochs and McConnell’s cronies (aka Koch cronies) are clearly setting up Young to be another puppet for them in Washington. Hoosiers deserve someone who puts their interests first — not a special interest puppet.

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American Bridge Statement on Indiana Senate Debate

American Bridge President Jessica Mackler released the following statement on the Indiana Senate debate:

“No wonder Congressman Young was flustered tonight — he was forced to defend his record of taking money from Carrier even after they sent thousands of Indiana jobs to Mexico and voting against plans to make college more affordable. Congressman Young’s record speaks for itself, and it wasn’t one he was eager to defend in tonight’sdebate. He’s working for himself and for special interests, and he’s willing to throw hardworking Hoosier families under the bus.”

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Equal Pay Opponent Pence’s Indiana Has 10th Largest Gender Pay Gap Nationally

With Governor Mike Pence in charge, it’s no surprise that Indiana women aren’t receiving equal pay for equal work. Pence has been a longtime opponent of equal pay, voting three times against the Paycheck Fairness act and three time against the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act while in Congress.

Here’s Pence’s impact after four years as governor: a recent study from The American Association of University Women has found that Indiana has “one of the largest gender pay gaps” in the country, according to the IndyStar. In the Hoosier state, “women earn just 76 percent of what men earn,” the 10th largest gender pay gap across the 50 states and Washington, D.C.

Pence had an opportunity to support legislation that would guarantee women receive fair wages in Congress, or at the very least guarantee due process to fight back against employer discrimination. But apparently Pence — who’s said working mothers cause their kids […]

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Trump U Fraud Case Judge Curiel’s Home-State Governor Stands With Trump

Donald Trump has for months attacked Judge Gonzalo Curiel, the judge presiding over the Trump University fraud case. Trump’s attacks on Curiel have been overtly racist — with Trump calling Curiel, who was born in Indiana, “Spanish” and “a Mexican,” and insisting that Curiel’s “very proud” “Mexican heritage” precludes him from rendering fair judgement in Trump’s case.

As Speaker Paul Ryan characterized it, that’s “textbook” racism.

But even in Curiel’s home state of Indiana, Republican leaders — specifically, Governor Mike Pence — have stood by Trump, instead of condemning his racism and attacks on Curiel. Most shamefully, Governor Pence actually waited to endorse Trump until after Trump’s most repugnant and openly racist attacks on Curiel.

It’s clear that life-long con man Donald Trump is eager to draw attention away from Trump University scam — even if it means exposing himself as a racist. But that doesn’t mean it’s […]

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AB21 Statement on Florida GOP Field After Trump’s Indiana Win

AB21 Statement on Florida GOP Field After Trump’s Indiana Win

With Trump all but clinching the GOP nomination after winning the Indiana primary, American Bridge 21st Century President Jessica Mackler released the following  statement on the Florida GOP Senate field’s position in the #PartyOfTrump:

“Rivaling the chaos of the GOP presidential primary, the Florida GOP Senate candidates are all in the #PartyOfTrump — all nine of them. From David Jolly saying Trump resonates with voters, to Todd Wilcox calling the Donald an entertainer, there’s no lack of GOP support for Trump in the Sunshine State. With Trump at the top of the ticket, and his hateful rhetoric on full display in the general Florida GOP Senate candidates are sure to suffer from anti-Trump blowback in November.” 

Florida senate candidate David Jolly said he would support the GOP nominee and that “Donald Trump is resonating with our voters,” and that “Trump might be at the top of our ticket.” Jolly expressed that he’s open to […]

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