Everytown will spend $4.4 million in its last-minute efforts to reach voters in six key battleground states. The group will air TV and digital ads linking COVID-19 and gun control and accusing Trump of negligence. A portion of the funds will pay for ads targeting Republican candidates vying for various elective state House seats.
In Texas, Everytown will spend $2 million in negative campaigns against Republicans Troy Nehls (District 22), running against Democrat Sri Kulkarni, and Republican Beth Van Duyne running against Democrat Candace Valenzuela.
About $1.4 million will go towards TV and digital ads in Arizona, Iowa, Minnesota, North Carolina, and Texas. Everytown plans to spend 60 million in nationwide elections. The money is part of the $60 million kitty the gun control group will spend in the national elections.
In North Carolina, the ads will claim that the state suffers from both covid-19 and gun violence.
“Covid-19 is not the only public health crisis facing North Carolina families. Deaths from Covid-19 and gun violence are on the rise, but Republicans in the North Carolina state Legislature have failed to take the action required to keep us safe,” one of the ads says.
Bloomberg’s gun control group will spend another $1 million in direct mail campaign and voter mobilization in Arizona, Minnesota, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Texas.
John Feinblatt, Everytown’s president, says that combining gun control message with COVID-19 was very effective. Feinblatt does not hide that the ads intend to shock voters rather than represent the actual reality on the ground.
“When you talk about the number of people who have died from Covid, from gun violence, and you lay responsibility at the feet of lawmakers,” Feinblatt continued. “what you find is that Americans want to know what their lawmakers are going to do to keep them safe.”
An ad aired in Arizona and Florida suggested that Trump knew of the COVID crisis in advance. It blames the incumbent for the deaths of over 325,000 Americans originating from both COVID-19 and firearm homicides.
“As he’s sworn into office, Donald Trump warns about American carnage. He was right. Trump’s failed leadership has brought four deadly years. 125,000 dead from gun violence, 200,000 more from Covid-19. Now, Trump warns about the carnage to come if he’s not reelected. As the death toll continues to rise, downplaying, denying, refusing to act — Donald Trump is failing America,” the ad claims.
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