ST. LOUIS ( -- Wednesday, we continue our series of fact checking those political ads taking over tv, radio, and social media.

One of the most watched races in America is Missouri's U.S. Senate seat. After looking at an ad attacking Democrat Claire McCaskill, we focus on an ad attacking Republican Josh Hawley.

"Jefferson City is full of career politicians just climbing the ladder, using one office to get another," begins the ad, quoting Josh Hawley before turning his words around on him.

The National Democratic group running the ad is using the ad Josh Hawley ran during his campaign for Missouri Attorney General in 2016, claiming he would not use one office to get elected to another.

“Whose Josh Hawley trying to fool? Just months after being elected Attorney General, Hawley began running for U.S. Senate; climbing the ladder on your back.”

Hawley was elected in November of 2016. 10 months later he filed an exploratory committee to run for U.S. Senate in August of 2017.

So that's true.

“Taking huge contributions from the insurance industry (Center for Responsive Politics),” The ad goes on.

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, both Hawley and his opponent, Senator Claire McCaskill, have taken donations from the healthcare industry.

Hawley has taken $188,000 but McCaskill - has taken $1.5 million.

So that's misleading.

“And filing a lawsuit that removes protections for people with preexisting conditions,” the ad says.

It's true that in February Hawley joined 19 other state attorneys general in filing a lawsuit to abolish the Affordable Care Act.

If that's successful, it would end the law forcing insurances companies to cover pre-existing conditions.

But he has since stated while he against the mandate for health insurance, he is for covering pre-existing conditions.

“I want to say this very clearly. I am for mandating that insurance companies mandate people like my son with pre-existing conditions and Senator McCaskill can say it a hundred times, ten thousand times. It.Doesn't make it true. It's not true,” Hawley said.

As for the people behind the ad

Majority Forward is responsible for the content of this advertising. Majority Forward is a dark money non-profit that is not disclosing its donors and is aligned with a Democrat super PAC aiding efforts for the Democrats to try and re-take the Senate.

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