Dec 2, 2017

Progressive group targets 22 Republicans in seven-figure tax campaign

House Republicans are thinking about repealing the individual mandate in their tax bill. Photo: J. Scott Applewhite/AP

22 Republican members of Congress are the target of a new ad campaign from a progressive group that is launching a different ad for every Republican. Not One Penny is spending more than $1 million on the ad blitz.

Why it matters: This is the first time the group has launched a targeted ad campaign against this many Republicans, which suggests how seriously some progressives are reacting to the news of the GOP tax plan moving forward. And it's a last-ditch effort to stop Republicans from giving it a final “yes” vote when the plan goes to Committee.

Why now: Senate Republicans just voted to push the GOP tax plan forward, and a spokesperson for Not One Penny previously told Axios that the group "will hold Members of Congress accountable who want to give tax breaks to give tax breaks to millionaires, billionaires, or wealthy corporations; Democrat or Republican."

Not One Penny previously launched a similar ad campaign against eight Republicans in August (their first major effort to oppose the tax plan) and in September they targeted Rep. Tim Ryan, a Democrat, for his stance on tax reform.

Some of the Republicans targeted include Barbara Comstock (R-VA), Ed Royce (R-CA), Mimi Walters (R-CA), Ryan Costello (R-PA) and Will Hurd (R-TX).

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George Zimmerman sues Buttigieg and Warren for $265M

George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida, in November 2013. Photo: Joe Burbank-Pool/Getty Images

George Zimmerman filed a lawsuit in Polk County, Fla. seeking $265 million in damages from Democratic presidential candidates Pete Buttigieg and Elizabeth Warren, accusing them of defaming him to "garner votes in the black community."

Context: Neither the Massachusetts senator nor the former Southbend mayor tweeted his name in the Feb. 5 posts on what would've been the 25th birthday of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teen Zimmerman fatally shot in 2012. But Zimmerman alleges they "acted with actual malice" to defame him.

4 takeaways from the Nevada Democratic debate

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The relative civility of the last eight Democratic debates was thrown by the wayside Wednesday night, the first debate to feature the billionaire "boogeyman," Michael Bloomberg, whose massive advertising buys and polling surge have drawn the ire of the entire field.

The big picture: Pete Buttigieg captured the state of the race early on, noting that after Super Tuesday, the "two most polarizing figures on this stage" — Bloomberg and democratic socialist Bernie Sanders — could be the only ones left competing for the nomination. The rest of candidates fought to stop that momentum.

Klobuchar squares off with Buttigieg on immigration

Buttigieg and Klobuchar in Las Vegas on Feb. 19. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

Former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg went after Sen. Amy Klobuchar on the debate stage Wednesday for voting to confirm Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan and voting in 2007 to make English the national language.

What she's saying: "I wish everyone was as perfect as you, Pete, but let me tell you what it's like to be in the arena. ... I did not one bit agree with these draconian policies to separate kids from their parents, and in my first 100 days, I would immediately change that."