Major conservative group to target Pryor
February 4th, 2014
05:26 PM ET
10 months ago

Major conservative group to target Pryor

Washington (CNN) – Mark Pryor's one of the most vulnerable Democratic senators up for re-election this year. Up until now he's been spared the wrath of Americans for Prosperity, the conservative group that's spent millions this election cycle attacking Democrats over the new health care law, better known as Obamacare.

But that ends Thursday, when AFP says it will go up with ads highlighting the two-term Senator from Arkansas' support for the Affordable Care Act, which is President Barack Obama's signature domestic achievement.

Pryor faces a challenging re-election this year against Rep. Tom Cotton, the likely Republican Senate nominee, in a state that voted overwhelming against Obama in 2008 and 2012.

AFP, backed by the deep pockets of the billionaire industrialist Koch brothers, says it's already spent more than $25 million since October to criticize Democratic Sens. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Kay Hagan of North Carolina, Mark Begich of Alaska, and Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, as well as Democratic Reps. Bruce Braley of Iowa and Gary Peters of Michigan, who are both running to keep open Senate seats in party hands, and around a dozen other House Democrats, for their support of Obamacare.

Earlier Tuesday, AFP announced it was expanding its spending against Hagan.

"It's no surprise the Koch Brothers are spending a fraction of their fortune to buy themselves a U.S. Senate that works for them and against the middle class," said Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee press secretary Justin Baransky, in response to the new push by AFP.

The Washington Post first reported the AFP ad buy.

CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report

soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. don in albuquerque

    More correctly called American For Fascism.

    February 4, 2014 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  2. Wire Palladin, S.F.

    While Arkansas republican governor refuses to accept the money from the government to expand medicaid, negatively affecting 85,000 of his voters, 55% of Virginians now support the medicaid expansion. Things are going against the RWNJs.

    February 4, 2014 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  3. tom l

    There is one thing that I can almost guarantee. There is no doubt that none of the hardcore liberals on here (definitely not Sniffit as he's a 1%er) have ever used Medicaid nor do they probably know anyone that is covered through Medicaid. It's just crazy that they would sing the virtues of Medicaid when all I have heard are horror stories about how long it takes to see a doctor, how few doctors accept Medicaid and how many more doctors since the ACA no longer accept it. But I'm just a bigoted racist lazy libertarian, right Real TP?

    February 4, 2014 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  4. Gurgyl

    Good for them family feud.

    February 4, 2014 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    Faux Lite promoting the Koch brothers' activities again.

    February 4, 2014 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  6. rs

    AFP=Koch brothers blood money. Shoot, if I were a Democrat running for office, I'd incorporate that into my campaign. My flyers, my social media sites, my speeches, everything would indicate that I was running against $2 billion of the Koch's money (and their pet monkey Republicans).

    February 4, 2014 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    "Major conservative group to target Pryor"

    CNN to target Dems, Obama and the ACA.

    FIFY

    February 4, 2014 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  8. Thomas

    Americans for Prosperity

    It's no surprise the Koch Brothers are spending a fraction of their fortune to buy themselves a U.S. Senate that works for them and against the middle class

    February 4, 2014 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  9. king

    the repubs mantra of sucking money out of the average joe in our economy to give to big corporations to invest in china, in return big corporations funnels money to these right winged groups to fool the gullible on giving up their best interest to china, needs to stop. i wonder how a global market, will treat us in about 10 years. at least Obama and the dems focus on Americans while the repub focus on china. when will someone force fox news to hire a single dem host. msnbc has joe scarbarow for three hours every weekday morning. what is fox news so scared of. what they dont think they have enough right winged host.

    February 4, 2014 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  10. vince

    Wire Paladin, you need to check your facts. AR has a Dem governor that worked with a Republican legis. to use expanded medicare money to enroll thousands in private option plans. Now while this may not survive this year's legis. session, it has brought many off the uninsured rolls.
    (and no, I am not a Democrat)

    February 4, 2014 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  11. DENNA

    Conservatives are just the limit. Who do these clowns think they are? I cannot, for the life of me, understand why the GOP does not want everyone to have healthcare. Are conservatives that insensitive or do they actually believe that they are better than everyone else?

    February 4, 2014 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  12. wendel

    repos at their best. Bashing people and throwing money around.

    February 4, 2014 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  13. BILL

    I hate taxes but I can spend millions trying to throw the other side out of office.

    February 4, 2014 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  14. S. B. Stein

    It would nice if Koch brothers would stop spending on money buying politicians. Could they spend their money on something more important like funding food banks or something that supports the poor. Oh, wait, these guys don't care about the poor because they only want to make money.

    February 4, 2014 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  15. Namejdadams

    Arkansas has a very popular Democratic Govenor. They are also one of the only southern states to expand Medicaid. They are using Medicaid money to purchase private insurance for those under 139 percent of poverty in a program called the private option.

    February 4, 2014 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  16. dave

    If you don't live in PA, keep your filthy money out of our elections. Our representatives and senators represent the people of their districts and states, not some liberal or conservative groups.

    February 4, 2014 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  17. just me

    I think Mr. Baransky summed it up very well. All they want is the best government money can buy.

    February 5, 2014 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  18. J32

    Wire Palladin Arkansas governor is a democrat genius

    February 5, 2014 04:26 am at 4:26 am |