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Republican group airs TV ad for Acosta ahead of hearing



With the Senate planning to hold a hearing next week for Alex Acosta, President Donald Trump's labor secretary nominee, a Republican group has started airing a TV ad in Washington to push Acosta's confirmation

America Rising Squared's spot, titled "Confirm Acosta," notes Acosta is the son of Cuban immigrants, the first in his family to attend college and a Harvard Law School graduate -- and that he was appointed to the Justice Department by former President George W. Bush.

"As a prosecutor, he brought down drug lords, radical Islamic terrorists and corrupt lobbyists," the ad says, showing off headlines about the Jose Padilla and Jack Abramoff cases prosecuted by Acosta's office when he was U.S. attorney in Miami.

The ad, which was launched Monday and first reported by Bloomberg, is part of a six-figure TV and digital campaign. Acosta's hearing is scheduled for March 22.