UPDATED 10:27 AM PT – Thursday, May 13, 2021
Several conservative groups are rehashing their strategies to campaign against Democrats’ elections bill.
Ken Cuccinelli, the former acting Department of Homeland Security deputy secretary who now serves as the chairman of the Election Transparency Initiative, said his organization is dumping money into several battle ground states. That money is going to television ads targeted towards moderate Democrats, many of whom seem reluctant to offer their support to the bill.
Similarly, think-tank Heritage Action announced it repurposed a $10 million effort to reform election laws in eight swing states. Instead, that money will fund a television ad campaign that’s set to air through the summer in those same states.
The groups are hoping to sway those moderate Senate Democrats like Joe Manchin who have been hesitant toward passing the bill. Without their support, Democrats will not be able to end the legislative filibuster, which they would need to do in order to push the bill through.