Liberal activist group NextGen America is targeting a number of U.S. senators and representatives with a $100,000 digital ad buy; among them is Florida’s Marco Rubio.
The spot runs six seconds, juxtaposing an image of a sleeping child receiving presents with visuals of an ICE raid.
The message: “‘Tis the season for this” (the gift being given to the child), “not this” (the ICE raid).
The clip included in the press release is targeting Nevada Sen. Dean Heller and includes a call to action to contact Heller’s office and tell him “we need a clean DREAM Act now.”
“Every day we wait to pass a clean DREAM Act, young people are threatened with deportation, being torn away from their families, and being forced out of the only country they have ever called home,” said NextGen America President Tom Steyer. “All year, Congress has gone along with Donald Trump’s anti-immigration agenda, but now it’s time to do the right thing, to do the moral thing, and to do the American thing — it’s time to pass a clean DREAM Act now.”
Steyer, a California billionaire, has spent $20 million on heavy rotation ads attempting to push impeachment of President Donald Trump. So considering his ability to dump money into campaigns, Steyer’s $100,000 is a mere pittance.
Especially so when one considers how subdivided the spend is.
In addition to the two Senators being targeted, 16 congressional Republicans are also in the mix. None of them from Florida, however.
Rubio seems to be targeted because he suggested in press interviews, such as a September hit on Fox News Radio earlier this year, that he might be open to a clean DREAM Act.
“Well, I’m not in a position to rule anything out or rule anything in. We obviously need to see where the votes are, and we need to talk to the White House and get some guidance from them about whether that is a priority they want to see before something like this is passed. Because again, with a six month period in place, we don’t have a lot of time for delay here wasting time on something that doesn’t have a chance to pass or the President’s not going to sign.”