Progressive groups launch campaign to pressure Republicans to support Biden agenda

Progressive groups launch campaign to pressure Republicans to support Biden agenda

Several progressive groups are launching a $ 2 million campaign to pressure Republican lawmakers for re-election in key states to support President Joe Biden’s agenda.

Led by the tax march, progressive nonprofits are said to stage protests and run ads against GOP officials in states such as Ohio and Wisconsin.

According to Tax March executive director Maura Quint, the groups want to highlight how popular many of Biden’s major initiatives are with the public.

Biden’s “Build Better” program includes lowering the cost of drugs and housing, as well as raising taxes for wealthy taxpayers and businesses. Many of these proposals are part of an ongoing battle on Capitol Hill to reach agreement on a budget reconciliation bill that could cost as much as $ 3.5 trillion. The Senate has passed a bipartisan $ 1,000 billion infrastructure bill, which is awaiting House approval.

A Navigator Research poll in August showed that the economics of the administration’s agenda are supported by large groups of independents and Republican voters. The poll, which polled 1,002 registered voters nationwide, showed that 47% of Republicans and more than 60% of independents who ran the election supported many of Biden’s economic policies.

Republicans should not support Biden’s budget plan, which is facing some resistance among Democratic Party centrists, as it is. Still, Democrats can use GOP protests as a political hammer to sway popular parties on the agenda in next year’s election.

Tax March, a project of the Sixteen Thirty Fund Dark Money Group, is leading the effort with campaign partners such as Progress Georgia, 99% Pennsylvania, Innovation Ohio, the Center for American Progress Action Fund, MoveOne, and Battle Born Progress. . The Sixteen Thirty Fund, a 501 (c) (4) nonprofit, does not publicly disclose its donors and spent more than $ 60 million to support Democratic causes in the 2020 election.

Tax March previously called on FedEx and Nike to pay higher corporate taxes.

Jesse Ferguson, former executive director of the Congressional Democratic Campaign Committee, told CNBC in an email that campaigns run by Tax March would inform voters about policies Democrats deem popular, whether Republicans agree or not. .

“Republicans have spent the last few months trying to change the subject, but these ad campaigns mean people will hear about it whether Republicans like it or not,” Ferguson said Monday.

The new campaign will target Republicans in key states such as Iowa, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. The campaign specifically puts pressure on Representatives Marinette Jane Miller-Meeks, R-Iowa, Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., And Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, and Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., Organizers said. . Lawmakers will be re-elected next year.

The campaign will include the purchase of a million dollar ad against Johnson, one of the Biden administration’s main critics in the Senate. The spot, reviewed by CNBC, is expected to air in Wisconsin by the end of October. He is targeting Johnson for not supporting key elements of Biden’s agenda. He’s also calling on his constituents to contact the Wisconsin Republican’s office to “Tell Ron Johnson it’s time to say yes to the best Wisconsin.”

Jeff Garris, a leader of the effort in Pennsylvania’s Fitzpatrick District, told CNBC on Monday that they would meet in Bucks County on Wednesday to “try to get the message out, to educate people to support the things Congressman Fitzpatrick wanted. ” that are part of the Build Back Better plan. He said the group will be heading to the Fitzpatrick district office on Friday with a similar message.

Garris said a few dozen people would be involved in the Fitzpatrick effort alone.

The mobile billboards that targeted Fitzpatrick, reviewed by CNBC, included elements of Biden’s agenda, such as cutting drug prices and encouraging voters to call the Pennsylvania lawmaker “with families in Pennsylvania.” to encourage.

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