Talking to the airwaves for Kavanaugh

  • 22 August 2018
  • NormanL

Conservative groups backing Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court aren't taking any chances. One component to keeping both GOP Senators behind Kavanaugh and bringing some Democrats into the pro-Kavanaugh camp is television ads. As Politico reports, the conservative air war is drowning out the left, and could have larger political repercussions:

...Democrats like Jones, Manchin, Donnelly and Heitkamp say ad campaigns won’t influence their votes on Kavanaugh, the pro-Kavanaugh ads could hurt them politically. The Judicial Crisis Network, for one, says it will pull its ads if those senators announce support for Kavanaugh. All except Jones are up for reelection this fall and supported Gorsuch last year.

“The Supreme Court and courts in general are important to a lot of voters. And the perception of how people are dealing with the nomination … could well influence the voters,” said Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, the GOP whip and a former chairman of the Republican Senate campaign arm.

JCN has spent more than $5 million on television ads overall, $2.1 million dollars of it spent in states targeting Senate Democrats. Some JCN ads flashed on the screen images of Democratic Sens. Cory Booker of New Jersey and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts at an anti-Kavanaugh rally and asked: Will a senator like Doug Jones “join radical liberal senators” in his Supreme Court vote?

JCN also spent money on ads running at airports and on MSNBC, poking at the Democratic Party’s hard-line stance against the nominee, and the group says generous its spending will not slow as the confirmation battle moves forward.

“Our budget for Gorsuch was 10 million [dollars],” said Carrie Severino, JCN’s chief counsel. “And we expect we will meet or surpass that given how contentious we have seen things becoming so far.”

TV ads are a tool -- one of many. The gold standard of lobbying efforts, however, is constituents contacting Senators directly. Have you contacted your Senators about the Kavanaugh nomination? If not, call the Senate switchboard at (202) 224-3121. They will connect you to your Senator's office. Or, you can email them. Here is a complete list of email addresses for all 100 Senators.