Koch Brothers target another Democratic senator
March 17th, 2014
10:14 AM ET
9 months ago

Koch Brothers target another Democratic senator

Washington (CNN) - Americans for Prosperity is adding Sen. Mark Udall of Colorado to their list of Democratic senators facing tough re-elections this year that the conservative group is targeting.

The group, backed by the deep pockets of the billionaire industrialist brothers, David and Charles Koch, says it's going to spend just under $1 million starting Monday to run a TV commercial that criticizes Udall for his support of the health care law.


"Millions have lost their health insurance, millions can't see their own doctors, and millions are paying more and getting less," says a women who narrates the AFP spot. "Obamacare doesn't work. It just doesn't work. Tell Senator Udall to stop thinking about politics and start thinking about people."

Republicans have been fiercely attacking President Barack Obama and Democrats over insurance polices dropped due to new standards in the Affordable Care Act.  Neither the government nor the insurance industry catalogs how many people have lost their policies.

The AFP ad comes just a few weeks after GOP Rep. Cory Gardener announced he would challenge Udall, potentially making the first term senator's re-election much more challenging. Two other Republicans running for the Senate nomination dropped their bids after Gardener jumped in.

The group says it's spending $700,000 to run the same spot against another Democratic senator facing a difficult re-election, Mary Landrieu of Lousiana.

AFP has been the biggest spender to date this election cycle, shelling out around $30 million since October to run ads, most of them focused on health care, that attack Democrats and praise Republicans.

"Cory Gardner's special interest out of state allies are dumping their millions into Colorado because they know he will push an agenda in Washington that's good for billionaires like the Kochs but bad for Colorado's middle class," Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Press Secretary Justin Barasky told CNN. "Gardner is counting on millions in out of state money to attack Mark Udall because he desperately wants to hide just how out of step he is with mainstream Coloradans."

Democrats hold a 55-45 majority in the Senate (53 Democrats and two independents who caucus with the party), but are defending 21 of the 36 seats up in November, with half of those Democratic-held seats in red or purple states, like Louisiana and Colorado

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has repeatedly attacked the Koch brothers as being "un-American" and having "no conscience," and he's argued that the "vast majority" of the AFP ads are untrue.


Filed under: 2014 • Americans for Prosperity • Colorado • Louisiana • Mark Udall • Mary Landrieu
soundoff (64 Responses)
  1. Wake up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    $1,000,000.00 on ads to discredit a Senator for supporting healthcare for everyone. Wow. The Kochs are definitely bending America over.....

    March 17, 2014 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  2. PKRipper

    If anyone would know about "untruths" it would be harry reid!

    March 17, 2014 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  3. Anonymous

    We might just as well rename the Grand Old Party the Koch Brothers Party and be done with it. The Grand Old Party that used to be and is no more got run over by their own self serving power and greed. Its going to take more than a head in the clouds ideological pipe dreaming first term senator from Kentucky to bring this party back to its fiscal roots. Aqua Buddha 2016.

    March 17, 2014 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  4. Tampa Tim

    The Kochs try to buy another republican senator and get rid of a democrat who is not on their payroll. The billionaires really have some good political attack lies flooding the airwaves. In FL, they are even trying to get sympathy for their lap dog Rick Scott by telling how hard it was for his mother when he was growing up. Scott has no accomplishments other than tax breaks for big corporations, so maybe the mom angle will work.

    March 17, 2014 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  5. Lizzie

    "Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has repeatedly attacked the Koch brothers as being "un-American" and having "no conscience,"
    But Sen.Reid has NO problem letting George Soros and his millions buy democrats.

    March 17, 2014 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  6. Tampa Tim

    Lizzie – fact check may help you.

    March 17, 2014 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  7. sammy750

    The consumers of this nation needs to quit buying the products of the Koch brothers. We are just funding the TERRORIST of this nation. Of course our laws allow them to be legal TERRORIST.

    March 17, 2014 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  8. Rudy NYC

    "Koch Brothers target another Democratic senator"
    ----------------------------
    Greed target another Democratic senator

    FIFY

    March 17, 2014 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  9. Lizzie

    Tampa Tim, right facts don't matter to you.

    March 17, 2014 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  10. smith

    Koch Bros., George Soros, and other radical political donors are whats wrong with both Dems and Repubs.

    March 17, 2014 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  11. O'drama ya Mama

    The Koch brothers should be synonymous with the name Julie Boonstra. They had this women featured in an anti-ACA commercial spreading false information. How could they go to sleep at night knowing they used a women with cancer to spread lies. Now they have embarrassed her because she was called out on those lies and it turns out she CAN keep her doctor and is saving $1200 a year because of the ACA.

    March 17, 2014 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  12. Wes

    Yes we can!

    March 17, 2014 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  13. rs

    You know the value and the honor of people by who their enemies are and by how much they will spend against them. The Udalls are an honorable, western family. They have held political offices across western states. The Kochs (on the other hand) are and endless well for the GOP to go to for campaign cash and to further the Koch's petrochemical empire (including the tarsands oil pipeline from Canada to the gulf- that is estimated to make them another cool $100 billion). The kochs should keep their money and their pollution and their destruction in Texas- they have no business meddling with the affairs of the state of Colorado, nor any business telling Coloradans what to do.

    March 17, 2014 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  14. Anonymous

    @ Lizzie

    Super PACs, Lizzie. Super PACs. Let's work together to get dirty money out of both political party's.

    March 17, 2014 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  15. Tampa Tim

    Lizze, according to Business Insider, Soros pretty much sat out 2012 elections, or gave approximately one thirtieth of what Sheldon Adelson donated.($36 million). The Kochs and Rove's group amounted to approximately $800 million.

    March 17, 2014 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  16. Rudy NYC

    smith

    Koch Bros., George Soros, and other radical political donors are whats wrong with both Dems and Repubs.
    ---------------------------
    What does George Soros do that's so bad? To hear conservatives tell it, Soros supports liberals and liberal policies, which they say are anti-business. What kind of sense does that make? Looking through the conservative looking glass at the world, shouldn't Soros be against policies and politicians that are anti-business? Yeah, he should. So, why not? If you can answer that, then you might be able to understand people who have moderate, or even liberal, views.

    March 17, 2014 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  17. truckinmack

    I do not hope the Koch brothers are targeting another Democrat, I hope they are targeting all of the Democrats. George Soros is certainly targeting all of the Republicans...

    Do I even need to mention that all of the Liberal media, CNN included, are targeting the Republicans as well.

    March 17, 2014 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  18. Ol' Yeller

    From the ad: "Obamacare doesn't work. It just doesn't work."
    The whole argument against the ACA explained succinctly in one attack ad paid for by billionaires. Gotta love it.
    It doesn't work.... it just doesn't, trust us.
    Have we ever lied to you?
    Muuuhahahahahahahahaahaaa....
    Only billionaires and complete rubes vote for the gop.
    gop stands for Guardians of Privilege.

    March 17, 2014 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  19. Dean

    Good. We need to get these clowns out of office. (Sorry, clowns.)

    March 17, 2014 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  20. ThinkAgain - Don't like Congress? Get rid of the repub/tea bag majority.

    If corporations are people (under which premise Citizens United gives corporations free speech "rights"), then what is the height, weight and BMI of Koch Industries?

    *crickets*

    March 17, 2014 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  21. rs

    The Republican view of what a representative democracy should look like-

    The rich buy everything and get to vote. The rest of us, not so much.

    Who is America's biggest enemy? Hint: It isn't the Russians.

    March 17, 2014 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  22. ThinkAgain - Don't like Congress? Get rid of the repub/tea bag majority.

    @Tampa Tim: "Lizze, according to Business Insider, Soros pretty much sat out 2012 elections, or gave approximately one thirtieth of what Sheldon Adelson donated.($36 million). The Kochs and Rove's group amounted to approximately $800 million."

    Facts and logic won't work with the likes of Lizze. I call it the "sweater effect": once she accepts how fox and all the other RWNJ media outlets have lied to her about Soros, she'll have to consider they've been lying to her about pretty much everything else – and her world will unravel.

    March 17, 2014 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  23. ThinkAgain - Don't like Congress? Get rid of the repub/tea bag majority.

    Dear Supreme Court Justice Alito: See why President Obama called you guys out on your horrible Citizens United decision?

    This is the result: Blatant attempts to buy elections.

    March 17, 2014 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  24. wendel

    the republican party is owned by the Koch brothers so much for democracy

    March 17, 2014 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  25. salty dog

    Lizzie has no interest in the truth, probably voted for bush, and would do it again,, enough said

    March 17, 2014 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
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