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The political action committee of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus is releasing bilingual ads that target four House Republicans over their support for former President Trump and their votes to challenge the election results, the New York Times reports.

Why it matters: The four Republicans represent districts with large Latino populations in Florida, Texas, New Mexico and California. They each won their seats by narrow margins last year.

They include:

  • Rep. Carlos Gimenez (Fla.)
  • Rep. Mike Garcia (Calif.)
  • Rep. Yvette Herrell (N.M.)
  • Rep. Beth Van Duyne (Texas)

Details: One of the ads opens with footage from the Capitol insurrection. A narrator introduces a police officer who says he "experienced a group of individuals who were trying to kill me" that day.

  • "When an extremist mob attacked the Capitol, Congressman Carlos Gimenez was forced to hide," the narrator continues.
  • "But hours later, with blood still on the floors of the Capitol, he voted with Trump and helped spread the same lies that left a police officer dead and many others injured."

What they're saying: Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.), chairman of the caucus' political action committee, accused the four Republicans of leading a misinformation campaign to sow doubt about the presidential election results.

  • "They tried to undermine our democracy and in doing so, they helped incite the insurrection," Gallego told the Times. "The best way to fight the Republican disinformation campaign is to hold them accountable for their actions."
  • The Congressional Hispanic Caucus is made up of 38 Democrats.

The other side: Danny Jativa, Gimenez's press secretary, told Axios that Democrats are "trying to take a bogus claim and magnify it into something that isn’t true."

  • Jativa pointed to Gimenez's statement after the vote, in which the congressman said he objected to certification of electors from the states he believed violated an article of the Constitution.
  • Gimenez acknowledged that his objections wouldn't have changed the outcome, Javita added, but said his vote reflected his duty to defend the Constitution.
  • The offices of Garcia, Herrell and Van Duyne did not immediately respond to Axios' requests for comment.

Editor's note: This article has been updated to correct the spelling of Danny Jativa's name.

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High-profile Trump backers in Congress who tried to block President Biden's election win have raked in grassroots cash this year. Many of their lesser-known rank-and-file colleagues have not.

Why it matters: New campaign finance data underscore a disparity among election objectors. Some have used the infamy to catapult themselves into MAGA stardom. Those who haven't — including some facing competitive 2022 reelection fights — are stuck with all the baggage and little financial benefit.

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President Biden convened a meeting of top business leaders Wednesday to build support for a sweeping vaccine mandate that will affect most of America's workers. The message: Vaccines work, and the stalled uptake is holding back the economy.

Why it matters: As vaccine rates have flattened across the country, business leaders have the power to impact their employees’ decisions. Many corporate leaders had been looking for stronger federal guidance to lean on.