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BY: Haris Alic
A group with ties to Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) announced on Friday it would launch a $600,000 media buy targeting Republicans over the government shutdown, seeming to confirm the notion that Democrats are "playing politics" with the impasse.
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Majority Forward, a 501(c)(4) "social welfare nonprofit" that isn't required to disclose its donors, will run 30-second ads on broadcast and cable television in an effort to pressure six Republican senators up for reelection in 2020 to cave and end the shutdown. The ads, which will air in Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Maine, and North Carolina, are designed to appeal to voters by incorporating specific effects of the shutdown unique to each state, as first reported by the Washington Post.
"It's the longest government shutdown in history … and here in North Carolina, the shutdown's forced a slow down for hurricane recovery," says the narrator of the ad targeting North Carolina's Republican senator Thom Tillis. "Instead of being independent he sides with his party's leaders, who refuse to even allow a vote to reopen the government."
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"Tell Thom Tillis [to] put North Carolina over party and demand an end to the shutdown," the ad concludes with a number for the senator's Capitol Hill office.
The shutdown, which entered its 27th day on Friday, doesn't appear to be heading toward a conclusion any time soon. Schumer and his House counterpart, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), have been adamant that any deal to reopen the government does not include President Donald Trump's request for a $5 billion appropriation to fund construction of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. In response, the president has accused the Democratic leadership of "playing politics" not only with the federal government but with border security as well.
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