Politico: Club for Growth plans $5M in ads to back Trump’s Supreme Court nominee
The slate of digital and TV spots from the conservative group will support whoever is chosen to fill the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat.
By Nancy Cook, 9/23/20
The conservative group Club for Growth [and its PAC and super PAC are] preparing to spend at least $5 million to help Republicans push through a Supreme Court pick before Election Day.
The slate of national digital and TV ads in specific states, which the group plans to unveil next week, will support whomever President Donald Trump picks as his judicial nominee. Trump has promised to make the announcement on Saturday afternoon, with Amy Coney Barrett widely viewed within Republican and conservative circles as the frontrunner candidate. She spent time with Trump at the White House on both Monday and Tuesday, according to a Republican close to the administration.
Some of the Club for Growth [Action] ads will play in states with competitive Senate races, including Alabama and Montana. The goal is to target Democrats who will oppose the pick, while also ensuring that other key Republican senators remain supportive of the nominee throughout the confirmation process.
Club for Growth’s president, David McIntosh, said the $5 million buy exceeded the group’s typical issue-oriented ad spending by three to four times. On the repeal of Obamacare, for instance, the group spent $1.5 million.
“We have already started engaging grassroots conservatives to call for a vote before the election, and we are delighted by the progress,” McIntosh told POLITICO.
Club for Growth is particularly interested in the outcome of the nomination because the court decides so many cases related to regulations, health care, taxes and tariffs, the group’s primary focus. McIntosh said Republicans’ failure to confirm a Trump nominee would “almost be a death sentence for them in keeping the majority.”
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