Matt Dolan Launches New Television Ad Spotlighting How the Biden Border Crisis Poses Direct Threats to Ohio

Matt Dolan Launches New Television Ad Spotlighting How the Biden Border Crisis Poses Direct Threats to Ohio

Chagrin Falls, OH – Today, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Dolan launched his newest television ad, “Pencil.” The commercial features Matt Dolan talking about the Biden Administration’s failure to secure the Southern Border and the resulting challenges this crisis poses for Ohio and the nation. The ad, which will run on broadcast, statewide cable and digital platforms, is part of a $2 million ad buy.

“The ongoing border crisis brought on by the Biden Administration’s failed policies undermines the rule of law, compromises America’s national security and has turned Ohio into a veritable border state. In the U.S. Senate, I will work to enhance border security by completing construction of President Trump’s Border Wall and providing the Border Patrol with the resources they need to restrain the flow of human trafficking and fentanyl into America. I will also work to advance policies that crack down on the manufacturing and distribution of illicit fentanyl made from Chinese raw materials,” said Matt Dolan.

“Ohio suffers from a set of clear and apparent challenges in crime, addiction and mental health that are a direct result of the fact that our southern border remains unsecured. Matt Dolan has the proven experience as a prosecutor and legislator to effectively address these issues in the U.S. Senate,” said Fayette County Sheriff Vernon Stanforth.

Sheriff Vernon Stanforth was sworn in as the 80th President of the National Sheriffs’ Association on May 8, 2021. Stanforth is also currently the Sheriff of Fayette County. Prior to this, his served for 15 years with the Washington Court House Police Department.

Script for “Pencil” (TV:30):

Fentanyl on the tip of this pencil is enough to kill. 

Because of Joe Biden, fentanyl, cartels, and human traffickers pour across our border.

The rule of law has broken down. Our national sovereignty is at risk. 

As a prosecutor and a legislator, I cracked down on drug dealers and traffickers here in Ohio.

In the U.S. Senate, I will fight for more Border Patrol and to finish the Wall.

I’m Matt Dolan and I approve this message because without a border, we have no country.

Additional Background

According to the Ohio Department of Health, approximately 76 percent of overdose deaths in Ohio are caused by fentanyl that is coming from China to Mexico and over the border into the United States. That percentage was up from 73 percent in 2018, 71 percent in 2017, and 58 percent in 2016.

In 2021, there was a record amount of fentanyl seizures on our southern border. In some locations, the U.S. Border Patrol, is seeing a 4,000% increase in fentanyl seizures over the last three years.

In July 2021, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced that he would dispatch the Ohio Army National Guard to Texas to assist federal operations. at the request of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. 

Also in July 2021, it was announced that Ohio would be sending Ohio Highway Patrol to supplement the National Guard presence on the southern border. 

The following outlines Senator Matt Dolan’s work to in the State Senate to urge action on securing the border and address the present fentanyl and human trafficking crises impacting Ohio.

  • Dolan voted to urge the Federal Government to increase efforts to protect our border to combat drug and human smuggling in the United States.
  • Dolan voted to urge the federal government to designate certain drug cartels operating as foreign terrorist organizations.
  • Dolan increased penalties for drug trafficking and some other drug offenses when the drug involved is a fentanyl-related compound.
  • Dolan voted to define “fentanyl-related compound” as including fentanyl and other related Schedule I and Schedule II narcotics-opiates.
  • Dolan fought and helped to provide $180 million in additional funding for the opiate crisis, on top of the nearly $1 billion already spent by the state annually on drug abuse and addiction.
  • Dolan helped to stablish opioid abuse prevention programs for educators and school personnel for all content areas and grade levels.
  • Dolan voted for nonviolent offenders to receive competency evaluations in outpatient settings, ensuring state psychiatric hospital beds remain available for Ohioans suffering from serious mental illness.
  • Dolan voted for enhanced penalties for drug traffickers who sell on the premises or near addiction service providers.

Learn more about Dolan’s campaign for U.S. Senate at