Koch Brothers target another Democratic senator
March 17th, 2014
10:14 AM ET
5 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. Rudy NYC

    "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?"
    ------------------------
    If corporations are people, then who long will it be before these "people" demand the right to vote?
    "No taxation without representation."

    March 17, 2014 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  2. Ol' Yeller

    @Lizzie

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

    No, Lizzie... I'm pretty sure it is quite obvious to anyone with 1/2 a brain reading these posts, who has no regard whatsoever to any actual facts (and "right"facts you got from hannity and rush don't count, as those are not 'facts'; rather partisan opinions created specifically for rubes).
    I find it funny Lizzie actually clarified that 'right facts' don't matter to Tim.
    Right facts?
    We should have some fun and start posting some 'Right facts'....
    Here is one... Global warming was invented by 'Big Science' to line their pockets.
    Proof.... "Look... it snowed."

    March 17, 2014 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  3. rs

    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.
    _________________________
    You gotta love the Right. They define their patriotism with hatred of our government and President with fairytales, yet they can't wait to crawl into bed with giant petrochemical conglomerate owners who will strip away their rights, salaries, retirements and entitlements in a heartbeat. Republicans don't deserve democracy, they deserve to be subjugated to their corporate overseers. That, is their "freedom".

    March 17, 2014 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  4. jk fort myers fl. the gop stoogescroch brothers can only get a real job if thet buy the company

    the Koch bros could care less if you have any health care and should use their free money for more charity then for supporting the gop party of stupid disfunctional incompetent losing canadates. the donate way more money to the gop than any charitable cause. American subversive traitors,vote democratic.

    March 17, 2014 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  5. much thunder...little rain

    what has udall done since being in the senate......nothing ....udall should be senator from new york..not colorado

    March 17, 2014 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  6. jk fort myers fl. the gop stoogescroch brothers can only get a real job if thet buy the company

    the croch brothers , the subversive traitors that they are should get ready for another win like your Romney win in 2012 in November. just vote against all gop on the ballot, I am.

    March 17, 2014 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  7. DRAKE MALLARD

    Super PACs, Religion, & Lobbyists: “The Tea Party is funded by Koch Industries, or Big Oil. The Koch brothers gave over $55 million in bribes to scientists to say global warming is a hoax. They are a vast political network, sponsoring Christian CONservative rallies and funding political ad campaigns nationwide. They are instrumental in busting unions and they pushed for the Citizens United/ ‘corporations are people’ law.”

    March 17, 2014 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  8. Tampa Tim

    Soros pretty much sat out 2012, while Adelson ($36 million) Kochs($800 million) and Rove ($500 million ) bought the election for Mittens

    March 17, 2014 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  9. Enough is Enough

    So if companies shouldn't be able to contribute to campaigns, why are unions allowed to contribute to them? Oh, forgot, unions almost always support democrat candidates....even when it ends up biting them in the end....

    March 17, 2014 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  10. S.B. Stein

    What have these Koch brothers done to either help those that don't have insurance or offerred a better piece of legislation? I think the answer is no to both questons. Until the put up something, we have to say that their alternative of going back to they way it was is unacceptable.

    March 17, 2014 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  11. NameCraig

    30 million on attack ads. Wonder what that money could have been spent on for the good of the American people? These men are psychopathic power hungry warmongering wolves with no conscience.

    March 17, 2014 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  12. rs

    Ah, yes, we see Mr. Romney's "corporations are people, too my friends" statement playing out in real time with Koch Petrochemical.

    Well, my friends, I'll believe that corporations have the same "rights" as mere flesh and blood Americans as soon as we get to put a couple to death- like BP for the murder of 11 oil rig workers in the Gulf a few years back; or maybe Massey Energy for the death of 29 miners in 2010. Perhaps we could try Halliburton for their crimes in Iraq. Maybe jailing Koch for their $1billion propaganda campaign against the U.S. government. See? This could be fun!

    Get the idea though? The GOP doesn't see corporations as people. They see them as being better and more important than people.... and that's the problem.

    March 17, 2014 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  13. Enough is Enough

    "You gotta love the Right. They define their patriotism with hatred of our government and President with fairytales"

    Progressive ignorance is astounding. Can you pay attention just a little bit?

    March 17, 2014 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  14. Gurgyl

    Is USA sold to Koch Brothers??? Nonsense. Drive these Republican animals away for nation sake. God bless!!!
    PS: drive Fox garbage away, first.

    March 17, 2014 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  15. kenclen

    One thing I have noticed..some people who don't have a good argument just call you names.

    March 17, 2014 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  16. smith

    @Rudy- Who do you thinks funds most of the liberal/progressive groups in the US. George Soros! This guy throws all sorts of money into political battles, no difference between him and the Koch Bros.

    March 17, 2014 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  17. jinx9to88

    @ 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.

    ----

    Dont waste your time trying to explain Republicans supporters either cant read or their TV is stuck on the Fox channel. Republicans only hear who and what they want to hear since they don't pay much attention to facts.

    March 17, 2014 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  18. Frank St Clair

    For those of you who don't read the news, the Koch brothers just donated 100 million for a hospital in New York. Tom Steyer, a billionaire leftist, is giving 100 million this year to support Democrats.

    March 17, 2014 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  19. jinx9to88

    This is why the Senators bought and paid for pay the Koch brothers is holding up the Ukraine bill so they can have the regulations on how to file campaign donations to the IRS be delayed. I hope Reid keeps up the attack on the Koch. You must ask yourself with the Koch brothers "donating" all this money what do the want in return?

    March 17, 2014 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  20. Sfwarrior

    Steinhauser has written 2 articles on the Koch brother s in the past 2 weeks. Essentially following the demo play book of demoNIZING the enemy... This classic Alynsky-ite tactics. Where at all the articles on the billionaire libs donating? Not with CNN

    March 17, 2014 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  21. Anonymous

    @ rs

    "Maybe jailing Koch for their $1billion propaganda campaign against the U.S. government. See? This could be fun!"

    It simply boggles the mind that in the year of 2014 "let them eat cake" propaganda is still as prevalent and acceptable today as it was back in the 1700s. Perhaps not, considering the commercialization of our media and what it has been promoting for profit these past 50 years. Take Fox News for example: foreign owed but still the #1 cable news outlet in America. One can't quite explain why our patriots are so willing to allow a foreign owned media outlet dictate their every word, thought, and deed.

    March 17, 2014 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  22. rs

    Enough is Enough

    "You gotta love the Right. They define their patriotism with hatred of our government and President with fairytales"

    Progressive ignorance is astounding. Can you pay attention just a little bit?
    ________________________
    Well, do elaborate- I see nothing on the Right but hatred for our government, our veterans, our President and the so-called 47% whose only crime is not being rich enough to buy GOP candidates.

    March 17, 2014 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  23. Anonymous

    @smith

    How shall we work together to get Soros and the Koch brothers OUT of political Super PACS?

    March 17, 2014 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  24. rs

    smith

    @Rudy- Who do you thinks funds most of the liberal/progressive groups in the US. George Soros! This guy throws all sorts of money into political battles, no difference between him and the Koch Bros.
    ___________________________
    Just percentages- the Kochs, and Mr. Eledson are banging on the door of $1 trillion. Mr. Soros hasn't come within a tiny percentage of that- and has been pointed out- hasn't done much since 2010. You're just spouting old FOX lines while ignoring the "elephant" in the room, and the absolute hypocrisy that because one rich guy supports the left with a few $million-well that's as bad as the guys who blew $1 billion on the last election, and $1 billion against health care for Americans. Ponder that one for a moment, eh? Rich guys supporting keeping health care from the poor and middle classes.

    March 17, 2014 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  25. smith

    @Anonymous-Revamp the electoral college system, one state one vote. No more political tv or internet ads would be a good start also.

    March 17, 2014 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
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