U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler and U.S. Rep. Doug Collins.

Georgia Senate: Loeffler ally pummels ‘spend again’ Collins in new ad

A top ally of U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler unloaded another ad Tuesday painting her Republican challenger as a Washington politician eager to “borrow, print, spend again and again.”

The Club for Growth’s statewide ad is the second volley in a $3 million TV and digital campaign unveiled shortly after U.S. Rep. Doug Collins announced he would challenge Loeffler.

It criticized Collins for a February 2018 budget vote that raised the debt limit. The spending plan also included money sought by Georgia’s military bases, cotton farmers, hospitals and tax credits for the Plant Vogtle nuclear project.

And it flashes images of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and U.S. Rep. Alexandria Occasio-Cortez, two of the most vilified national Democrats, alongside a smiling picture of the four-term Republican. 

The anti-tax Club is placing the 30-second spot with a suite of conservative outlets, including Breitbart and Fox News. It rolled out a first ad that criticizes Collins for voting for farm subsidies and federal budgets earlier this month. 

The Washington-based organization is among several outside groups that are forcefully supporting Loeffler, who is facing a stiff challenge from Collins on her right flank and the Rev. Raphael Warnock, among other Democrats, on her left. 

Tapped by Gov. Brian Kemp in December, Loeffler faces a November special election to fill the final two years of retired U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson’s term. 

Other recent AJC coverage of the race:

More: The Jolt: Surrogate groups step up for Kelly Loeffler

More: With three major Senate candidates, Georgia political landscape erupts 

More: Georgia Republican Senate candidates build early fundraising leads

More: Warnock will have to take care to separate roles as candidate, pastor 

More: Georgia Senate: Warnock’s Democratic rivals are staying in the race

More: With two Georgia Republicans racing for the Senate, eyes turn to Trump 

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Greg Bluestein
Greg Bluestein
Greg Bluestein is a political reporter who covers the governor's office and state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
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