End Citizens United/Let America Vote on Tuesday will endorse six Democratic incumbents as part of its new “democracy defender” program, shared first with CNN. The group is backing Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford, Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold, Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, and Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon.
The GOP’s legislative moves mean voting rights advocates “must more vociferously fight to protect every American’s voice and vote,” Tiffany Muller, the president of End Citizens United and Let America Vote, said in a statement. She said the incumbents her group is endorsing “consistently stood up to corruption, protected voting rights, and are holding the line to ensure our elections are safe, fair and accessible.”
The organization has not disclosed how it intends to spend the $7 million, but it typically uses a mix of mailers, digital and traditional advertising and grassroots outreach in its campaigns.
Attorneys general and secretaries of state are on the ballot in more than two dozen states next year.
Democrats and voting rights groups say the measures are aimed at suppressing votes in 2022. Additionally, they argue that bills seeking to curb the power of secretaries of state and other election officials could lead to partisan meddling when it’s time to count votes and certify results.
The ban would expire on January 2, 2023, when the offices of secretary of state and attorney general could switch party control after the 2022 election. Hobbs is running for governor; Attorney General Mark Brnovich is running for the US Senate.
In a statement about the endorsement, Benson pledged to “continue fighting so every American knows the truth: The 2020 election was the safest and most secure in our state and nation’s history.”
CNN’s Eric Bradner contributed to this story.