WEST VIRGINIA | WV-sen

2 Pro-Morrisey Groups Hit Manchin for Family's Business Connections

Senate Majority PAC excerpted a Fox News primary debate to call out Patrick Morrisey.

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Zach C. Cohen
Aug. 21, 2018, 10:29 a.m.

The NRSC started airing a TV ad Tuesday saying Sen. Joe Manchin (D) got “filthy rich” enough to “afford a massive luxury yacht” by setting up “a coal brokering company” run by his son that he now oversees on Senate subcommittees, “a clear conflict of interest.” The ad’s announcer closes while footage of Manchin dancing shows on screen: “Manchin’s made over $5 million dollars in profits since being in the Senate. No wonder he’s dancing.” (release)

35th Inc., a super PAC supporting state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey (R), also aired a TV ad Monday “on broadcast TV outlets in top markets and digitally” that accuses Sen. Joe Manchin (D) of having “used his Washington Swamp connections to get his daughter a job at drug company that makes fentanyl, a deadly opioid responsible for thousands of overdose deaths.”

It contrasts that with Morrisey, who “led the crusade against opioid abuse, winning the largest verdict against the drug companies in West Virginia history.” (release)

Susan B. Anthony List, which opposes abortion rights, started a $750,000 TV ad buy on Tuesday on broadcast and cable as well as a $185,000 radio buy accusing Manchin of "trying to have it both ways" by calling himself "pro-life" but "repeatedly" voting "to spend more of your tax dollars to fund Planned Parenthood" and "against legislation giving states the authority to defund Planned Parenthood." (release)

Senate Majority PAC went up with a TV ad Friday excerpting Fox News’s Bret Baier questioning Morrisey during a primary debate about his previous congressional run “in your native New Jersey” and work “as a big-money lobbyist in D.C.” (Hotline reporting)

Manchin released an online ad urging voters to call Morrisey’s official office to request he “drop his lawsuit that would allow insurance companies to deny coverage for people with pre-existing conditions.” (release)

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