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Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

A leading conservative group is targeting the business community with a seven-figure ad buy on CNBC and local TV defending Georgia's new voting law from its corporate critics, Axios has learned.

Why it matters: By focusing on the C-suite through a network it watches, Heritage Action for America is offering a rejoinder to some companies — even Major League Baseball — after they waded so prominently into politics.

What they are saying: “President Biden is lying about Georgia’s new election reform,“ says a 60-second ad, which is part of a roughly $1 million buy on digital, cable and local television in Georgia. “This new ethics law doubles early voting on weekends.”

  • Jessica Anderson, executive director for Heritage Action, told Axios: "After weeks of media spin and corporate posturing around Georgia's new voting law, we thought it was time someone told the truth."
  • “The truth is that the new law makes it easier to vote and harder to cheat —Heritage Action is standing behind Governor (Brian) Kemp, state legislators and the Georgians who made this happen."

The backstory: Critics of the law say its measures are intended to target heavily Democratic jurisdictions and will hurt Black and Latino voters the most.

  • Georgia-based Delta Air Lines and other major businesses and civic groups have condemned the voting changes made in Georgia and other states following Biden's victory against former President Trump in November.
  • Major League Baseball responded by moving this year's All-Star Game from Atlanta to Denver.
  • The reactions prompted criticism and warnings from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and other Republicans.

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Will Smith's "Emancipation" becomes first major film production to pull out of Georgia

Left: Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R). Right: Actor and producer Will Smith. Photos: Elijah Nouvelage/Bloomberg and Paras Griffin via Getty Images

Actor Will Smith and director Antoine Fuqua said Monday they are moving their upcoming film production, "Emancipation," out of Georgia in response to the state's new voting restrictions.

Why it matters: The passage of the law has spurred outrage across the U.S., with activists calling it a move to disenfranchise Black voters. Backed by Apple Studios, the slavery-era film is the first major production to leave the state due to the voting law, the New York Times reports.

Mike Allen, author of AM
Apr 12, 2021 - Economy & Business

CEOs plot next moves against restrictive voting laws after Zoom summit

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Top CEOs plan to get dramatically tougher on state legislators over proposed new restrictions on voting.

Driving the news: After a weekend Zoom summit, the CEOs are threatening to withhold campaign contributions — and to punish states by yanking investments in factories, stadiums and other lucrative projects.

Tina Reed, author of Vitals
6 mins ago - Health

Overturning Roe could strain abortion access even in blue states

The Supreme Court is reflected in a woman's sunglasses during a march Oct. 2. Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images

If the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, abortions could be harder to access even in states where they remain legal, because those clinics could be flooded with patients from states that have cracked down.

The big picture: This has happened before, and clinics fear the crush of demand would be a major problem in the immediate wake of a decision that would allow states to ban abortion.