14:14, June 13 26 0 abajournal.com

2018-06-13 14:14:09
Liberal group launches ads attacking Trump’s potential Supreme Court picks

A liberal nonprofit group called Demand Justice is launching a “Ditch the List” digital ad campaign that targets potential Supreme Court nominees on President Donald Trump’s shortlist.

The group’s executive director, Brian Fallon, tells BuzzFeed News that airing the ads now—before a vacancy occurs—will give progressives information they can use as soon as any nomination is made. The Hill also has a report, while the New York Times covered the group’s formation in a story last month.

Fallon was a press secretary for Hillary Clinton during her presidential campaign and a former spokesman for the U.S. Justice Department. The group expects to raise $10 million in its first year; the cost of the ad campaign is in the mid-five figures. The group plans to air the ads on its website and on social media.

Initial online ads focus on Judge Amy Coney Barrett of the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and Judge Brett Kavanaugh of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

One ad says Barrett criticized the Supreme Court ruling that upheld the Affordable Care Act. “Don’t let Trump and Amy Barrett take away our health care,” the ad says.

The other ad shows a law review article and says Kavanaugh thinks the president should have absolute discretion whether and when he can be investigated by independent counsel.

Demand Justice hopes to provide a liberal viewpoint that contrasts with that of the conservative and well-funded Judicial Crisis Network.

Hat tip to How Appealing.