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Pro-Trump Group Pressures Lankford on Tax Cuts
Running TV and radio ads across Oklahoma

Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., has been working on a backstop for the tax bill. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A pro-Trump outside group is taking to the airwaves in Oklahoma, pushing to make sure that GOP Sen. James Lankford votes in favor of the Senate’s tax overhaul.

Lankford has been among the Republican senators working on a so-called “trigger” option that could provide a backstop, rolling back some of the tax cuts in the event economic growth targets and thus the accompanying revenue are not met.

Opinion: Roy Moore, ‘Kinky Boots’ and 2017’s Most Important Election
All it needs is the bumper sticker: ‘Vote for the Democrat. It’s Important.’

It was folly for Republicans to believe Roy Moore could have been coaxed into exiting the Alabama Senate race, Shapiro writes. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The stay-at-home moms and retirees who watch the second soft hour of Tuesday’s “Today” show on local NBC affiliate WVTM were treated to a rare sighting of a Roy Moore commercial. Outspent by lopsided margins, the Moore campaign charged that the beleaguered Republican’s “40 years of honorable service” were threatened by smears from “a scheme by liberal Democrats and the Republican establishment.”

Set aside the implausibility that Nancy Pelosi and Mitch McConnell (both pictured in the Moore ad) would cooperate on anything. Forget for a moment that the detailed on-the-record charges about Moore’s unseemly interest in young girls have been viewed as convincing by the likes of Jeff Sessions and Ivanka Trump.

Thanksgiving Ads Served as Prelude to Senate Tax Debate
Outside spending pushed Republicans in all directions

Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson looks on during the markup of the tax bill in the Senate Finance Committee on Nov. 16. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

If all goes according to plan for Senate Republicans, they will pass a sweeping tax overhaul through the chamber before leaving for the weekend.

But as they and President Donald Trump learned during the Senate’s health care reconciliation exercise, getting to 50 votes can be difficult.

DCCC Launches Digital Ads Over GOP Tax Vote
Seven Republicans who voted against the tax plan are also targeted

Virginia Rep. Barbara Comstock speaks with reporters as she leaves the Capitol after voting for the GOP’s tax plan Thursday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Seizing on the House’s passage of the Republican tax plan Thursday, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is launching digital ads in more than 40 GOP-held districts, including against Republicans who voted against the plan.

The ads, provided first to Roll Call, will run on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The committee is also rolling out a website, TaxCutsandJobsAct.com, that allows voters to submit their own video testimonials about the tax plan. The site will be promoted in Google search ads.

NRCC Targets Democrats on Tax Overhaul in New Digital Ads
Republicans see taxes as a potent campaign issue

Minnesota Rep. Rick Nolanis one of the Democrats targeted in the latest NRCC ads. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The National Republican Congressional Committee is launching new digital ads targeting Democrats who voted against the tax overhaul that passed the House on Thursday. No members of the minority party voted for the legislation.

The 15-second videos, provided first to Roll Call, will start running on Facebook on Friday and target 25 House Democrats. The NRCC ad buy was described as “five figures” and the ads will run online for a week.

Jones’ Ad Touts Republicans Supporting Him Over Moore
Statewide ad hints at reports of Moore’s improper relationships with teen girls

A new ad for Alabama Senate candidate Doug Jones shows Republican voters saying they can't vote for Roy Moore. (Doug Jones for Senate via YouTube)

Alabama’s Democratic Senate candidate Doug Jones’ latest ad shows Republicans saying they support him instead of GOP candidate Roy Moore.

The ad hints at allegations that Moore had inappropriate sexual contact with teenage girls without saying it explicitly. 

Businessman Makes Indiana Senate Primary Three-Person Race
Mike Braun making first statewide TV ad buys in the race

Screenshot of Mike Braun for U.S. Senate ad.

In what’s been largely characterized as a contest between two Republican members of Congress, a businessman with the ability to self-fund has made the first statewide TV and radio buys in the Indiana Senate primary.

Former state Rep. Mike Braun’s $329,000 three-week radio and TV buy signals he’s making this a three-person race. He announced his campaign in August. 

Twitter Unveils New Transparency Measures for Political Ads
Advertisers will have to disclose who they are and what they‘re spending

Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Mark Warner, D-Va., conduct a news conference in the Capitol on the Honest Ads Act, which aims to make online political ads more transparent. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Twitter announced new transparency measures Tuesday that will make it easier to identify political and issue-based ads and who’s paying for them.

Twitter’s new policies come amid calls on Capitol Hill for more transparency around political advertising on digital platforms. 

Senate Rules Chairman Is Cool to Campaign Ad Bill
‘A lot of that is being investigated,’ Sen. Richard C. Shelby says

Alabama Sen. Richard C. Shelby is not yet ready to back the bipartisan legislation on online campaign ads. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Senate Rules and Administration Chairman Richard C. Shelby gave a cool reception Thursday to a bipartisan draft bill disclosed the same day that would require large online platforms to collect and disclose data about the buyers of political advertising.

“We will look at everything; right now, a lot of that is being investigated,” the Alabama Republican said about a proposal from Democratic Sens. Mark Warner of Virginia and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and co-sponsored by Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona. Asked whether he would be open to backing the bill in the future or other legislation to deal with the issue, Shelby said, “Not yet.”

Twitter Suspends Blackburn Ad for ‘Inflammatory or Provocative Content’
Candidates can say more on TV than on social media

Twitter took down tweets featuring Rep. Marsha Blackburn’s Senate campaign announcement video. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Advertising on Twitter has its advantages for campaigns — it’s much cheaper and can be more highly targeted than TV ads. But it also has unique limitations, as one campaign discovered over the weekend.

Tennessee Rep. Marsha Blackburnlaunched her Senate campaign last week with a nearly-three-minute announcement video published on YouTube. Her campaign embedded the same video into a promoted tweet. But Twitter suspended it for violating the company’s ad policies.