Tags: Iran | Senate | Iran deal | Bob Corker | Jeanne Shaheen | Chris Coons

PAC Takes Aim at Senators for Failure to Back Iran Bill

By    |   Friday, 10 Apr 2015 12:38 PM

A bipartisan political action committee has taken aim at senators who have not yet signaled their support for legislation that would give Congress the power to weigh in on the nuclear deal with Iran.

According to Politico, the American Security Initiative has spent $650,000 in advertising intended to convince senators to support a bill introduced by Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker. The measure would give Congress the power to accept or reject plans to give sanctions relief to the Iranians.

One ad already being broadcast in the Boston and Manchester, New Hampshire, markets targets New Hampshire Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen. It features a white van weaving through traffic and exploding on top of a parking garage with a voice-over saying, "tell Sen. Shaheen, no Iran nuclear deal without congressional approval. Before it's too late."

Delaware Democratic Sen. Chris Coons is also being targeted by a similar ad, Politico reported.

The two lawmakers are members of Corker's committee but have yet to co-sponsor the bill. 

Coons has said he is open to supporting the bill but that it "depends on the changes made to the bill and it depends on the level of engagement from the White House," Politico reported last week.

Coons has offered an amendment intended to make the legislation more amenable to the Obama administration. It would eliminate the requirement to certify that Iran is not directly involved in sponsoring terrorist attacks, Politico reported.

The group is spending an additional $141,000 to run positive ads for Virginia Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine for his support of the Corker bill, and will also be running digital ads in New Hampshire praising New Hampshire GOP Sen. Kelly Ayotte for her support of the bill.

The group targeted Sens. Dick Durbin of Illinois, a Democrat, and Rand Paul of Kentucky, a Republican, in March, Politico reported.

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