Americans for Responsible Solutions, the gun control advocacy group co-founded by former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, Arizona Democrat, launched a radio ad campaign Wednesday targeting Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, and Sen. Kelly Ayotte, New Hampshire Republican, for voting no last week on a measure to expand gun-purchase background checks to gun sales online and at gun shows.
Since the measure failed in the Senate last Wednesday, the group said it has received donations of less than $50 from more than 24,000 online donors. Mrs. Giffords, who was gravely wounded at a shooting spree in Tucson in January 2011, launched the group with her husband, retired Navy Captain and astronaut Mark Kelly, on the two-year anniversary of the shooting earlier this year.
The group said that more ads — including thank-yous for senators who voted yes — will be released later in the week.
Meanwhile, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) announced Wednesday it is launching a six-figure campaign with full-page newspaper ad buys targeting the four Senate Democrats who voted against the measure — Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Mark Begich of Alaska, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, and Max Baucus of Montana.
The ads will run in eight daily papers across the states and 12 weekly papers in Montana. Mr. Pryor and Mr. Begich are both up for re-election next year, while Mr. Baucus, a six-term senator, announced Tuesday he will not seek re-election in 2014.