Trump campaign agrees to drop lawsuit challenging mail ballot processing in Clark County in exchange for expanded poll observation

President Donald Trump’s campaign and the Nevada Republican Party say they’re ready to drop a lawsuit seeking an effective halt to mail ballot processing in Clark County as part of a stipulation that will allow for expanded observation access.

In a filing submitted Thursday afternoon, attorneys for the Trump campaign said they had reached a stipulation agreement yesterday evening with Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske and Clark County Registrar Joe Gloria to drop the lawsuit in exchange for “additional observation access” to the county’s ballot duplication efforts.

Ballot duplication refers to the process where a mail ballot received by election officials is in some way deficient, and a county employee “duplicates” the filled-out ballot onto a blank ballot to solve whatever deficiencies prevented it from being processed.

In return, attorneys for the president said they would drop the lawsuit, which initially called for an immediate halt to the county’s use of an automated signature verification machine. Clark County officials had said doing so would likely cause massive bottlenecks in the reporting of election results.

The stipulation does not relate to the litigation threatened this morning by the Trump campaign and state Republican Party over alleged instances of non-residents or deceased people casting ballots in the 2020 election. That lawsuit has not yet been filed as of Thursday afternoon, and is headed to federal court.

The Nevada Supreme Court previously rejected an emergency motion filed by the Trump campaign Tuesday to immediately halt use of the signature verification machine and make other adjustments to the county’s policies for poll observation — arguing that current policies did not allow for adequate transparency and oversight of mail ballot processing.

But the state Supreme Court rejected that order, saying the appeal failed to demonstrate a “sufficient likelihood of success to merit a stay or injunction” and that the Trump campaign did not identify any “mandatory statutory duty” or “manifest abuse of discretion” that would warrant judicial intervention at this point on Election Day.

The lawsuit made its way to the state Supreme Court after Carson City District Court Judge James Wilson rejected the Trump campaign and state Republican Party’s requests.

In his order denying the request, Wilson wrote that the plaintiffs had failed to produce evidence of “any injury, direct or indirect, to themselves or any other person or organization” that would be necessary standing for an eleventh-hour judicial intervention in the election process.

In their filing for a stipulation, attorneys for the Trump campaign said they had sent the stipulation agreement and proposed order to the state Democratic Party — which they said acknowledged receipt but “despite multiple requests, have been unable to approve the two page stipulation and order which affords the public additional observation access during this election.” Nevada’s Democratic Party has filed to intervene in the case.

The attorneys said once all signatures are obtained, they’ll submit a voluntary motion to dismiss the case.

In six-figure ad buy, Horsford targets Republican challenger Marchant on ACA repeal, pre-existing conditions

Republican congressional candidate Jim Marchant at a rally in support of law enforcement organized by the Nevada Republican Party on Thursday, July 30, 2020 outside the Legislature in Carson City.

In a six-figure TV advertising push launched Wednesday, incumbent Democrat Steven Horsford took aim at his District 4 challenger, former one-term Assemblyman Jim Marchant, for his support for Republican plans to roll back Obama-era health laws. 

Using a testimonial from a nurse who identifies herself as Ralaya Allen, the 30-second spot accuses Marchant of favoring the elimination of protections for pre-existing conditions and the imposition of an “age tax on seniors” that would “[cripple] Nevada families.” 

Allen goes on to praise Horsford and his positions on health care, including the protection of insurance coverage for pre-existing conditions and support for reduced prescription drug prices, as well as his support for additional job training investments. 

Though no sources are cited by the ad, it appears to be criticizing Marchant’s position in favor of repealing the Affordable Care Act, which became a political lightning rod in 2017 and 2018 following repeated attempts by congressional Republicans to “repeal and replace” the controversial health care law. 

Marchant told The Nevada Independent in May that, though he supported a free-market health care system, he also would support continued protections for coverage with pre-existing conditions and that an ACA replacement bill should be “ready to go” before the law is repealed.

His position echoes that of the broader GOP, as Republicans nationwide — especially those in the most competitive races — have increasingly pushed for the protections of pre-existing conditions even in the face of a proposed ACA repeal that would do away with those protections. 

Such messaging fights have come as the future of the ACA remains in doubt. The Supreme Court will soon decide on a Texas-led case challenging the law on the grounds it was made moot by the effective removal of its controversial tax penalties under the Republicans’ 2017 tax law. 

The second claim made by the ad, that Marchant would support the imposition of an “age tax,” appears to be a reference to a Republican-proposed replacement health care plan from 2017 that would have allowed insurers to charge those over age 50 vastly more than younger adults. 

At the time, the AARP attacked the provision as an “age tax.”

Watch the ad below. For a listing of all ads run during the 2020 election, visit our Ad Tracker here

In ad buy, Rodimer campaign downplays report that Republican congressional candidate was subject of two 911 calls in 2018

Dan Rodimer

Two months after a report from the Associated Press revealed that his then-girlfriend twice called 911 on him in 2018 and a month after an advertising blitz from incumbent Democrat Susie Lee, a new ad from Republican congressional candidate Dan Rodimer is downplaying the incident as “a verbal argument, plain and simple.”

In late July, police records and call recordings obtained by the AP showed that Sarah Rodimer, his former girlfriend turned wife, called Las Vegas police twice in 2018. In one of those calls, she alleged an incident of domestic violence. In the other, she alleged that Rodimer had taken $200,000 worth of cash, guns and jewelry from the couple’s home.

Neither call ended in an arrest, and no charges were ultimately filed. 

Calling the first incident a “verbal argument, plain and simple,” Sarah Rodimer says in the ad that her husband “has never laid a hand on me, not then or ever.”

Framed by the camera with her husband and children eating behind her, she goes on to accuse attack ads from Lee of “exploiting our family” before touting endorsements from a number of Nevada police unions. 

Rodimer’s past run-ins with police have been the subject of public and political scrutiny since the ex-pro wrestler announced his congressional campaign last year. That includes a 2010 incident in which Rodimer was arrested following an alleged battery at a Florida Waffle House — though the case against him was eventually dropped after Rodimer completed an anger management course.

Such incidents have formed the basis of the Democratic advertising targeting Rodimer, including not only the Lee ad about the 911 call, but also ads and mailers from the state Democratic Party and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. 

National Republicans have continued to back Rodimer in the time since the AP story was published. In September, Rodimer was formally selected for the National Republican Congressional Committee’s “Young Guns” program, and a handful of high-profile Republican elected officials, including Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and President Donald Trump, have praised Rodimer on the campaign trail over the last month. 

The new Rodimer ad will run online, as well as on broadcast and cable television, though a campaign spokesperson did not respond to requests for comment on the amount of money spent on this most recent ad buy. 

The contest between Lee and Rodimer is among several dozen competitive House races nationwide that could decide control of the House in 2020. And though Lee cruised to victory in 2018 — winning the swingy district by 9 points over perennial Republican candidate Danny Tarkanian — a narrow 1-point win in the district by Trump in 2016 has so-far kept Republican hopes alive in 2020. 

As of September, outside election forecasters still predict a slight Democratic edge based on registration and voting trends. The Cook Political Report rates the district as “Lean Democratic,” while the University of Virginia Center for Politics rates the race as “Likely Democratic.”

Rep. Susie Lee launches 6-figure ad buy targeting GOP opponent Rodimer on ‘violent’ past

Susie Lee at a podium wearing a blue shirt

The campaign for Democratic incumbent Susie Lee made its first foray into television advertising Monday with a slate of five ads, including three that take direct aim at Republican challenger Dan Rodimer.  

Part of a six-figure ad buy that began Monday, the ads broadly criticize Rodimer, an ex-wrestler and Las Vegas business owner, for several incidents ranging from 2010 to 2018. Those incidents include one case of alleged assault that triggered his arrest and eventual enrollment in an anger management program. 

Republican candidate for Congressional District 3 Dan Rodimer. (Courtesy/Rodimer for Congress)

The first and longest ad, a 30-second spot titled “Breaker,” accuses Rodimer of maintaining “an alarmingly violent rap sheet.” Using imagery of a wrestling ring, the ad raises the issue of Rodimer’s assault and a 2018 incident, first reported by the Associated Press, in which his then-girlfriend called police to report a domestic disturbance. 

Two more 15-second ads, “Hot Head” and “Dangerous,” play on similar themes, raising the issue of Rodimer’s arrest and the 911-calls. The two remaining 15-second spots, “Problem Solver” and “Our Children,” are positive ads centered on Lee’s work on education, both in Congress and previously as a philanthropist. 

Rodimer has frequently denied any wrongdoing, telling The Nevada Independent during a run for state Senate in 2018 that he had “pushed a bully.” When his primary opponent, Dan Schwartz, raised the issue again earlier this year, his campaign countered that he “has one arrest in his life, with no convictions and no criminal record.”

Though Rodimer’s campaign has yet to take to the airwaves, it has run a number of online advertisements in the months following his primary victory. Most of those ads have targeted Lee on the issue of a coronavirus relief loan received by her husband’s casino company earlier this year, though a number of recent ads have also taken aim at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and touted a recent endorsement from the Las Vegas police union. 

For a complete record of 2020 campaign ads, visit our Ad Tracker here

Outside money pours into Nevada airwaves ahead of presidential caucus

Debate watch party

On a debate stage in New Hampshire earlier this month, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren sought to draw a clear contrast between herself and other candidates on a hot-button issue — money in politics.

"Everyone on this stage except Amy (Klobuchar) and me is either a billionaire or is receiving help from PACs that can do unlimited spending," said Warren during the Feb. 7 debate.

But less than two weeks later, that statement is no longer true. 

In the past week, super PACs supporting Warren and Klobuchar have bought substantial television ad time in Nevada ahead of the state’s crucial presidential preference caucus on Saturday (Both Warren and Klobuchar's campaigns have said their positions on Super PACs have not changed).

Emergence of those two super PACs means that every major candidate competing in Nevada, save self-funded billionaire Tom Steyer, now has some kind of outside group or super PAC boosting their candidacy on television or radio airwaves in the state.

Super PACs are independent groups allowed under the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. FEC that are supposed to operate separately from official campaigns, but can raise and spend unlimited amounts of money. That means candidates can’t shut them down independently, though candidates and campaigns differ in how open they are to support from Super PACs.

Some candidates — such as Warren and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders — have publicly denounced super PAC support, while others have been more welcoming to outside boosts. Former Vice President Joe Biden reversed his opposition to super PAC support in October, and former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg has already been subjected to a Federal Elections Commission complaint that his campaign improperly coordinated with a supportive super PAC (Buttgieg’s campaign has denied wrongdoing).

Even a super PAC supporting President Donald Trump — the Committee to Defend the President — is running TV ads in Nevada, designed to run during Wednesday’s debate and through the caucus.

The emergence of the outside spending is somewhat last minute and comes after more than 70,000 Nevada voters cast a ballot early under the state’s new system of allowing four days of early vote prior to the actual caucus. The spending is also far outstripped by Steyer, who has poured $15 million in TV ad spending into Nevada.

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has already spent $338 million on advertising spending, is not competing in Nevada and does not have his name on the ballot. Even so, his team has still placed some television ad buys in the Reno area to hit California voters near the area, according to Axios, and many of his national television ad buys bleed into Nevada. 

Here’s a look at what outside groups and super PACs have made TV ad buys in Nevada ahead of the presidential caucus on Saturday:

PERSIST PAC

Who they’re supporting: Elizabeth Warren

Size of TV ad buy: More than $1 million, began airing on Wednesday

Who’s funding them?: Unclear. A spokesman for the group declined to tell Axios who was funding the group. The group was registered with the Federal Elections Commission on Tuesday, and will be required to report donors to the FEC on March 20. According to the New York Times, pro-abortion rights group EMILY’s List contributed $250,000 each to the PACs supporting Warren and Klobuchar.

It’s founded by four women in progressive politics; Denise Feriozzi, Kristine Kippins, Karin Johanson and Kim Rogers.

What are their ads about?: It’s running a 30-second pro-Warren ad that highlights her work with Former President Barack Obama, founding the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and advocacy against Wall Street.

KITCHEN TABLE CONVERSATIONS

Who they’re supporting: Amy Klobuchar

Size of TV ad buy: $335,000 statewide, began airing on Tuesday

Who’s funding them?: Unclear. The group was formed last week by two longtime Minnesota Democratic operatives.

What are their ads about?: The group has aired two pro-Klobuchar ads thus far, one on her personal experience after her daughter Abigail was born and another on what she would do if elected president including “rejoining the climate agreement, lowering prescription drug costs and expanding benefits for veterans.

VOTE VETS

Who they’re supporting: South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg

Size of TV ad buy: $600,000, statewide, started running last Thursday

Who’s funding them?: It’s backed by a wide array of groups including unions and social welfare organizations backed by Democrats.

What are their ads about?: It features a Nevada veteran saying the country is divided, but that Buttigieg can “turn a page on all this division and hate.”

DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY FOR ISRAEL

Who they’re opposing: Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders

Size of TV ad buy: $600,000, statewide, started running last Saturday, Feb. 15.

Who’s funding them?: It’s backed by a board of prominent Jewish political and business leaders, and its president is Democratic pollster Mark Mellman. According to its most recent FEC filing, its top donors include billionaire heiress and oil businesswoman Stacy H. Schusterman ($995,000) and venture capitalist Gary Lauder ($450,000).

What are their ads about?: The ad, which is similar to others the PAC has run in Iowa, targets Sanders on his ability to defeat President Donald Trump in a general election and concerns with his medical history.

UNITE THE COUNTRY

Who they’re supporting: Former Vice President Joe Biden

Size of TV ad buy: In a filing made Wednesday, the group reported spending more than $657,000 on Nevada television ad buys, according to filings with the FEC. It spent more than $5.5 million on television ads in Iowa.

Who’s funding them?:  Its donors include major business leaders, including real estate mogul George Marucs ($1 million) and Beacon Capital chairman Alan Leventhal ($250,000).

What are their ads about?: According to FEC records, the spending went toward direct mail production and postage. The records indicate it placed television ad buys throughout the rest of the week.

VOTE NURSES VALUES PAC

Who they’re supporting: Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders

Size of ad buy: Unclear how much has been spent in Nevada, but it has reported spending roughly $400,000 in radio ads in support of Sanders.

Who’s funding them?: National Nurses United, a professional union for nurses that has more than 150,000 members nationwide

What are their ads about?: Unclear, but supportive of Sanders and his advocacy for Medicare for all.

COMMITTEE TO DEFEND THE PRESIDENT

Who they’re opposing: Former Vice President Joe Biden

Size of TV ad buy: $255,000, running statewide throughout the caucus

Who’s funding them?: Originally founded as “Stop Hillary PAC” in 2013, the group has evolved into a pro-Trump PAC and is led by former Colorado state Sen. Ted Harvey. It has a wide variety of donors.

What are their ads about?: One of the ads, in Spanish, attacks Biden and claims he and President Barack Obama deported millions and “failed” on immigration.

Pro-Trump super PAC takes aim at Joe Biden on immigration in new Spanish-language ad

Former Vice President Joe Biden is the target of a new Spanish-language ad campaign from the Committee to Defend the President, a pro-Trump super PAC, which launched its $255,000 ad buy with just three days before the state’s Democratic presidential caucus on Saturday. 

The ad criticizes Biden for “lying” about fixing the country’s immigration system under the Obama administration and accuses Biden and Obama of having “separated families and put children in cages” — reversing some of the notable criticisms of immigration policy at the U.S.-Mexico border under President Donald Trump. 

Underlined by ominous music and black-and-white imagery of Biden, the ad ends with “Joe Biden already lied, don’t let him do it again.”

Biden has often faced criticism for the number of deportations during Obama’s tenure — more than 3 million by 2016 — but the ad appears to reference the separation of some migrant families by border officials during a surge of unaccompanied minors in 2014. 

However, there is little evidence to support the claim that the Obama-era rules ultimately had a similar outcome to the zero-tolerance policies enacted later by the Trump administration, which, according to a 2019 report from the ACLU, separated more than 5,400 children from their families. 

Once the front runner in the Democratic field, Biden finished a distant fourth and fifth place in Iowa and New Hampshire and has faced pressure to win states with larger minority voter populations such as Nevada and South Carolina. 

His bid has become even more complicated with the emergence of billionaire and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has flooded states voting on Super Tuesday and beyond with hundreds of millions of dollars in television and digital advertising.

At a Culinary Union picket line Wednesday, Biden told reporters that “[Bloomberg’s] been a Republican his whole life” and sharply criticized the billionaire’s use of former President Barack Obama’s image in his campaign advertising.  

Update, 2/25 at 11:00 a.m. - This story was updated to include the size of the ad buy

Watch the ad below. For a full list of all ads run during the 2020 election cycle, visit our Ad Tracker here

With less than a week before Nevada’s caucus, new ads from Sanders, Buttigieg, Klobuchar hit the airwaves

Four more presidential campaign ads are hitting Nevada televisions today, including two from Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, one from the surging former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg and another from Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar. 

Monday’s ad buys include Klobuchar’s third television spot and puts Sanders and Buttigieg at six Nevada ads each for the 2020 cycle, trailing only California billionaire Tom Steyer. Steyer spent much of the winter as the only presidential contender advertising in the state and has so far run 16 television and digital ads — nearly triple the number of any other candidate.  

In the first of Sanders’ ads, “Nevada First,” a narrator pitches Nevada as “poised to power the country and lead America forward” amid worsening effects from climate change. Overlaid over imagery of solar panels and factory jobs, the 30-second spot goes on to tout Sanders as the only candidate with a plan “bold enough to avert the climate crisis and put Nevada first.”

In the second Sanders spot, titled “Belongs to Us,” the Vermont senator makes his traditional campaign pitch directly to the viewer. Calling President Donald Trump “the most corrupt president in American history,” Sanders calls for “billionaires to pay their fair share” and promises “better wages,” expanded Social Security benefits and his single-payer style Medicare for All plan. 

Sanders’ advertising push comes after a narrow victory in last week’s New Hampshire primary, as well as a win in the popular vote during the chaotic Iowa caucuses at the beginning of the month. Those electoral victories have led to a surge in what few polls are available in Nevada and South Carolina, and Sanders now leads the pack in the Silver State for the first time since September. 

In Buttigieg’s new ad, “Our Chance,” the former South Bend mayor looks to make a case on electability. Speaking over imagery of campaign rallies, Buttigieg tells the viewer that “We have exactly one shot to defeat Donald Trump.” He goes on to say, “And we're not going to do it by overreaching, we’re not going to do it by division.”

Buttigieg is one of five Democrats jostling to emerge as a moderate alternative to Sanders after parlaying a delegate-win in Iowa into coming in a close second in New Hampshire. Still, Buttigieg has campaigned comparatively little in Nevada before last week, and he has thus far struggled to make a case to non-white voters in the first state where such voters will make up a significant bloc of voting Democrats. 

Klobuchar’s new spot, a Spanish-language ad titled “Bienestar,” also keys in on the issue of electability, with a narrator saying that “We Nevada Democrats must elect a candidate who can actually defeat Donald Trump,” adding that “that person is Amy Klobuchar.”

The spot goes on to tout Klobuchar’s promises on lowered prescription drug prices and “the best education for our loved ones.”

As Klobuchar’s third Nevada ad and first in Spanish, the Minnesota senator’s advertising push has come after a surprise third-place finish in New Hampshire, where she trailed fellow moderate Buttigieg by a little less than 5 percentage points. Since then, Klobuchar’s Nevada campaign has seen a surge in interest, with hundreds of people flocking to her rallies across the state.  

Of 39 political ads run in the race for president this year, 11 of them have run since last Tuesday, the day following the New Hampshire primary. And with six days left to go before Nevada’s caucus, more last-minute ads will likely hit the airwaves in the next week. 

Watch the ads below. For a full list of all political ads run in the 2020 election cycle, visit our Ad Tracker here




Pro-Israel super PAC targets Bernie Sanders on electability in $600,000 ad buy

Vermont Senator and leading Democratic presidential contender Bernie Sanders is under fire regarding his ability to beat President Donald Trump in a new, $600,000 ad campaign from a Democratically-aligned pro-Israel political action committee. 

The group Democratic Majority For Israel (DMFI) is running television and digital ads, beginning today, that seek to blunt Sanders’ momentum in part by painting him as a candidate who is too far to the political left to win a general election contest against Trump. 

The 30-second spot, titled “November,” features a number of people who characterize the 2020 election as “the election of our lifetime” before saying that “Bernie’s not the guy.” It goes on to attack Sanders’ self-applied label of Democratic Socialist and concerns over his medical history in light of a heart attack he suffered on the campaign trail last year. 

“Bernie’s a great guy, but he just can’t win,” the ad says. 

The advertising push comes as Sanders enters the race for Nevada as something of a national frontrunner, now leading national polling averages and taking his first polling lead in Nevada since September of last year following a near-win in Iowa and a victory in New Hampshire. 

The buy isn’t the first foray into anti-Sanders ads for DMFI; the group spent nearly $800,000 on ads attacking the Vermont senator heading into the Iowa caucuses earlier this month.

By Saturday afternoon, another pro-Israel group, J Street, called on DMFI to take down the ads saying in a statement that DMFI “represents a minority of pro-Israel Democrats who seem more concerned with targeting progressives over Israel policy than with confronting the destructive agenda of Donald Trump.”

Watch the ad below. For a full list of all political ads from the 2020 election cycle, visit our Ad Tracker here

<iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/EbWb1Mg5Oms" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe>

Updated, 7:00 p.m. — This story was updated to include a portion of a statement from the pro-Israel group J Street.

Tom Steyer targets Sanders, Medicare for All in new digital ad buy

California billionaire Tom Steyer is taking direct aim at Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in a new digital ad launched today, attacking the senator on the price and popularity of his Medicare-for-all plan just one day before early voting is set to begin in Nevada’s Democratic presidential caucus. 

The minute-long ad features news clippings overlaid with a narrator criticizing Sanders’ single-payer, government-run health plan, including saying that “there is a reason people are nervous about Bernie Sanders scrapping Obamacare” and adding that “Bernie can’t — or won’t — give us a price tag.”

The ad then goes on to tout Steyer’s own health plan, a so-called public option, that “doesn’t tear down Obamacare.” That stance has become standard among Democratic moderates, who have largely coalesced around a dual-use of private and public health options as a means to attain universal coverage. 

The ad is Steyer’s first foray into using advertising to hit back at other Democratic contenders in Nevada, a state where he has invested heavily in advertising since the end of last year. It’s unclear whether that advertising will pay off during the caucuses, but recent polls show Steyer doing well in Nevada relative to his poor showings in Iowa and New Hampshire, maintaining about 10 percent support since the end of last month. 

The ad also comes as Steyer looks to capitalize on a fracturing inside the moderate wing of the Democratic party, as five candidates — former Vice President Joe Biden, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, billionaire Mike Bloomberg and Steyer — look to become the single standard-bearer to face off against the progressive Sanders. 

Amid this struggle between the moderates, health care once again leapt into the center-stage this week after Las Vegas’ powerful Culinary Union began circulating flyers to its membership warning Sanders’ plan would “end” their union health care plans. 

Those flyers touched off a torrent of online harassment for union leaders, who condemned the attacks after announcing yesterday they would decline to endorse any candidate in the race. 

Sanders released a statement after the incident also condemning the harassment, urging “supporters of all campaigns” to refrain from such bullying tactics. 

Watch the ad below. For a full list of every ad run in the 2020 election cycle, visit our Ad Tracker here

Outside group linked to Democratic Party launches digital ads touting Susie Lee’s efforts on Trump trade deal

Rep. Susie Lee speaks at a town hall

House Majority Forward, a dark-money, nonprofit arm of the Democratic caucus’ House Majority PAC, launched a new digital ad Wednesday touting Democratic Rep. Susie Lee’s involvement in House negotiations on the recently-passed U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA). 

The trade agreement — signed into law by President Donald Trump last month — replaces the Clinton-era North American Free Trade Agreement, which has long been a favored target of Trump’s “America-first” trade policy. 

Even so, later stages of the agreement received broad bipartisan support from Democrats, who pushed for the inclusion of additional environmental and labor protections in the final language of the USMCA. 

The 30-second spot, titled “Thanks,” features stock imagery of farmers and factory workers overlaid with text praising “your Member of Congress” for strengthening the trade deal. It does not, however, mention USMCA by name, instead referring simply to “a trade deal.”

The ad is the second House Majority Forward has run for Lee this cycle, following a January buy praising her involvement in the House Problem Solvers caucus. 

Watch the ad here. For a complete list of all political ads running in the 2020 election cycle, visit our Ad Tracker here