NEW ADS: GOP’s Toxic Health Care Hypocrisy

Republicans Promised To Protect Coverage For Pre-Existing Conditions — Then Supported A Law That Could Jeopardize Care For Millions
Today, Bridge Project launched a national digital ad campaign targeting Republican Senate candidates after the Trump administration argued that insurance protections for pre-existing conditions are unconstitutional. The administration’s assertion is a result of the tax bill Republicans passed last year that included reducing Obamacare’s individual mandate tax penalty to zero.

The ad campaign, which starts running statewide in targeted races on social media this week, targets Republican Senate candidates in Nevada, Tennessee, Ohio, Missouri, and West Virginia.

Every Republican Congressional incumbent up for reelection or seeking higher office this cycle voted for the Republican tax bill — while promising to protect coverage for pre-existing conditions. Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley and West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey are co-counsels on the lawsuit that threatens to strip pre-existing condition coverage from millions of Americans.

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VIDEO: Marsha Blackburn Celebrates Her Birthday By Fundraising With Special Interests

Washington insider Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn could have spent her birthday, well, practically anywhere — but she chose to celebrate by collecting big campaign checks from wealthy special interests in the heart of the D.C. swamp.

Yesterday, for the steep price of of $1,500 to $5,000 per person, Washington lobbyists and PACs celebrated Congresswoman Blackburn. Their donations went to a joint fundraising committee benefiting Blackburn’s senate campaign, her leadership PAC, and the NRSC.

Watch Marsha Blackburn walk into her D.C. fundraiser to be celebrated by PACs and lobbyists:

“Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn is such a Washington insider, she even celebrates her birthday with lobbyists and political action committees,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp. “But it’s no wonder Congresswoman Blackburn isn’t asking Tennesseans for their support — she’s asking her real bosses, the wealthy special interests funding her campaign.”

View the fundraising invitation, which has not been […]

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American Bridge Statement on Senator Corker’s Decision Not To Seek Re-Election

American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp released the following statement in response to Senator Corker’s announcement that he won’t seek re-election in 2018:

“Let’s be clear: Senator Corker retired because he knows 2018 is shaping up to be a disastrous year for Republicans who are careening from one self-inflicted crisis to another. Confronted with an unprecedented rebellion in their own party, and a total failure to govern despite one-party control in Washington, Republicans incumbents are rightfully terrified of facing voters next November. Now, they’re even retiring to avoid accountability from the public.”

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Firm Tied To Potential Trump VP Under Federal Investigation Over Alleged Fraud

A perfect match. A firm with close financial ties to Tennessee Senator Bob Corker is reportedly under federal investigation “for alleged accounting fraud,” according to the Wall Street Journal.

That makes Corker, a potential Donald Trump VP pick, a good fit for a Trump ticket. Why? Because Donald Trump is himself a fraud, and one with a lengthy sketchy business record of his own. And that’s not even getting to Trump’s essentially unprecedented refusal to release his tax returns, which has us all wondering what else he’s hiding.

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Here’s Who Republicans Just Picked To Run Their Governors Association

The Republican Party really wants you to know that they’ve changed. They’ve broadened their appeal. No more war on women. No more out-of-touch super-rich white guys as their standard bearers. So guess who they just picked to run the Republican Governors Association?

Ding ding ding! A super-rich white guy who opposes raising the minimum wage and defunded Planned Parenthood in his state.

Meet Bill Haslam, governor of Tennessee, partial owner of Pilot Flying J — a company under investigation for defrauding customers — and new chair of the RGA. Some things never change.

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American Bridge Launches English/Spanish Websites Linking GOP To Steve King

American Bridge today launched and (in Spanish), research-based websites demonstrating that Rep. Steve King is the GOP’s leader on immigration reform.

Earlier this week, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) demonstrated just how clueless he is by attempting to fundraise off offensive remarks he made comparing immigrants to dogs (and foolishly linking to American Bridge tracking footage to do so). This was what he deemed an appropriate response to a more recent controversy in which he claimed “For everyone who’s a valedictorian, there’s another 100 out there who weigh 130 pounds–and they’ve got calves the size of cantaloupes because they’re hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert.” Those remarks prompted Speaker John Boehner to argue that King’s comment “does not reflect the values of the American people or the Republican Party.”

Unfortunately, Boehner is only half-correct. While the American people are deeply opposed to the bigotry espoused by King, the Republican caucus is solidly aligned with King’s worldview. Last week, American Bridge released a report showing that when the House votes on immigration legislation, the majority of King’s Republican colleagues follow his lead 9 out of 10 times. And today, American Bridge launched to show voters that the Republican Party has plenty of followers of King’s extreme anti-immigrant rhetoric.

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