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A dark-money operation tied to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer funded ads which tried to suppress Republican voter turnout by attacking swing-state senators from the right, potentially putting control of the Senate in Schumer’s hands. Back in 2018, the “Coalition for a Safe and Secure America” (CSSA) seemed like a hard-right group that attacked now-Sens. Josh Hawley (R-Missouri) and Mike Braun (R-Indiana), and then-Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nevada) and Rep. Matt Rosendale (R-Montana), as squishes. It ran ads claiming Heller allowed foreign workers to take American jobs, and that Hawley “sides with Washington liberals.” They said Braun supported “tax-hikes.” But when the ads ran, the Republican primary had already passed. The true purpose was to trick Republicans in competitive states into staying home, figuring there wasn’t much difference between the Republican nominee and the Democratic one. And CSSA got most of its funding from Majority Forward, a nonprofit affiliated with the Senate Majority PAC, which backs the interest of Senate Democrats, Axios reported Wednesday, citing new tax disclosures.

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