Advocates for Defunding Police Drop Millions to Boost Dem Senate Candidates

Jaime Harrison, Mark Kelly, Sara Gideon benefit from far-left group's multimillion-dollar ad buy

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October 9, 2020

A progressive group that advocates for defunding the police is dropping millions of dollars into three competitive Senate races to boost Democrats with less than four weeks to go until the elections.

MoveOn announced it is undertaking a $2 million ad blitz attacking Sens. Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.), Martha McSally (R., Ariz.), and Susan Collins (R., Maine), who are all locked in tight Senate races, Politico reported.

The ad buy is MoveOn's first foray into Senate races this cycle and comes as Democrats look to flip control of Congress's upper chamber in November. The campaign will attempt to paint Graham as a "phony," knock McSally over health care, and hit Collins for not doing enough to separate herself from President Donald Trump.

MoveOn has spent months lambasting law enforcement officers and has advocated for stripping police of funding following the death of George Floyd.

"In defense of Black life, we are demanding that the local government defund the police, that payments to family members come from police pensions, transparency and communication with the families, and for the police [to] stand down against protesters," MoveOn tweeted in June at the height of protests.

Each Democratic candidate benefiting from MoveOn's cash has steered clear from calling for defunding the police, an issue that may not go over well with a large swath of constituents. MoveOn has also posted videos on "understanding the racist roots of police violence."

MoveOn is likewise part of a left-wing coalition that is preparing for postelection violence. The liberal group is a member of the Fight Back Table, which is planning to mobilize for "civil and political" unrest following the elections if Joe Biden does not win in a landslide.