Following Trump’s campaign launch, six-figure ad campaign will run on national cable and in Iowa and New Hampshire

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San Francisco, CA — Today, two days after Donald Trump launched his reelection campaign, Tom Steyer’s Need to Impeach launched a new six-figure ad campaign highlighting Donald Trump’s criminal behavior and calling out political leaders on both sides of the aisle for their unwillingness to hold the president accountable for his lawlessness. The new ad highlights the litany of crimes Trump committed, including his recent admission to ABC News that he would break campaign finance law and take information from foreign governments for his re-election campaign. The ad will run on CNN and MSNBC nationally, and on cable networks in Iowa and New Hampshire, with an initial spend of approximately $700,000.

“Donald Trump is daring our leaders to act, brazenly admitting his criminal tendencies on national TV because he believes he is above the law and that Congress is too weak to respond,” said Need to Impeach founder Tom Steyer. “This cannot be a partisan issue — in the face of a constitutional crisis, the American people deserve political leaders who will do what’s right and defend our democracy. If we can’t trust our leaders to stand up for our values against this blatantly dangerous and lawless president, how can we trust them to deal with anything at all?”

The new 60-second ad is the latest effort to push Congressional leadership to stand up for the American people and ensure that no president is above the law by starting an impeachment inquiry. One day after Speaker Pelosi said “if the goods are there, you must impeach,” the ad highlights the longstanding pattern of Trump’s lawbreaking, invoking Trump’s recent interview with ABC News when he said his campaign would welcome foreign interference, his corrupt business dealings, and special counsel Robert Mueller’s report that highlighted multiple episodes of obstruction of justice.

The ad comes as part of a new phase in Need to Impeach’s accountability and education campaign, which recently announced new efforts in congressional districts, calling on representatives to voice their support for impeachment. In districts across the country, Need to Impeach is running targeted digital ads, purchasing digital billboards, hosting in-district events, and organizing and educating supporters on the ground. As part of those educational efforts, organizers are hosting a series of “Impeach-In” events, including house parties led by supporters and volunteers, and conference calls with experts and leaders to educate the American public about the impeachment process, the Mueller report’s findings, and to make the case for Congress to start an impeachment inquiry.

Steyer launched Need to Impeach on October 20, 2017, with an initial $40 million investment to raise the voices of people across the country who were angered by Trump’s presidency and corruption. Earlier this year, Steyer committed an additional $40 million in 2019 toward impeaching Trump.

See below for the full script:

Right now, Donald Trump is committing crimes in the open.

He’s sided with dictators against the United States.

And made money from wealthy, foreign interests trying to influence Trump administration decisions.

The Mueller Report identified multiple instances of obstruction of justice.

Congress — and that means both parties — must put their own political interests aside and focus on what’s right for our country.

If we can’t trust them on this, how can we trust them with our nation’s biggest challenges?

America will move forward as soon as leaders stop acting on their own interests, start leveling with voters — and do what’s right.