Group Launches Six-Figure Ad Buys Calling on Gardner & McSally to Oppose Bernhardt Nomination

Montana-based conservation watchdog group Western Values Project (WVP) Action announced a multi-platform ad campaign in Arizona and Colorado targeting Senators Cory Gardner and Martha McSally, calling on them to oppose David Bernhardt’s nomination to serve as Secretary of Interior. Bernhardt’s confirmation hearing, in front of Gardner and McSally’s Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, is scheduled for Thursday.

Ahead of the hearing, WVP Action launched “Tapped” in Arizona and “Pockets” in Colorado which will run on television and digitally starting tomorrow, Wednesday, March 27th and will run into next week.

Watch Arizona’s McSally Ad “Tapped” HERE

Watch Colorado’s Gardner Ad “Pockets” HERE

“Senator Gardner and McSally’s constituents need a Department of Interior that will fight for our public lands and preserve our Western way of life,” said Jayson O’Neill, Deputy Director of the Western Values Project Action. “David Bernhardt has spent much of his career working as a mega-lobbyist before working on behalf of special interests in senior government posts. Time and again, Bernhardt has sold out the West by helping his former clients and other special interests that have had negative impacts on Western states. We need Senators Gardner and McSally to stand up for their constituents and oppose Bernhardt’s nomination.”

The advertisements note how past lobbying ties and policies pushed by Bernhardt have had direct impacts on each state.

In Arizona:

In Colorado:

The ads come a week after WVP released polling from Colorado and Arizona which found that voters’ strong opposition to Senators Gardner and McSally voting to confirm Bernhardt as the next Interior Secretary.

Specifically, the polls found:

Previously, Western Values Project launched,, a comprehensive resource of primary source materials and background on Bernhardt’s work as a mega-lobbyist and how he used his position to help special interests.

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