The powerful and deep-pocketed conservative group Judicial Crisis Network pledged on Monday to spend $1.4 million in television advertisements supporting Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s latest nominee to the Supreme Court.
“Judge Kavanaugh is a home run,” Carrie Severino, JCN’s chief counsel and policy director, said in a statement announcing the seven-figure ad buy. “Like Gorsuch, Judge Kavanaugh is brilliant, fair and independent, committed to following the law and honoring the Constitution. I look forward to the confirmation of another great justice.”
The group had already signaled it was willing to spend big to support Trump’s nominee, no matter who the President chose. Shortly after Kennedy announced his retirement, JCN went up with a $1 million ad buy, and it began telling reporters about the $1.4 million ad buy hours before Trump had announced his selection.
The Kavanaugh ad will air nationally on cable news, in addition to airing in Alabama, Indiana, North Dakota and West Virginia, according to the press release. Those Trump-voting states are all home to Democratic senators who will face intense pressure to support the President’s nominee.
The press release noted that the group had previously “announced that they would spend up to $7 million stopping Merrick Garland and later they announced they would spend up to $10 million supporting now-Justice Gorsuch.”
Watch the new ad for Kavanaugh below: