Koch Brothers target another Democratic senator
March 17th, 2014
10:14 AM ET
6 years 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. rs

    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.
    Do the math: which is the greater figure?
    $100 million for a hospital, $1 billion to keep Americans away from affordable health care. Really? You don't get that?

    March 17, 2014 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    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?
    I think he is paying attention because he's right. People watched, listened and learned from the 2012 Republican Presidential debates. Hatred of government and Pres. Obama is what was on display. Didn't you catch the recent CPAC conference? Case closed.

    March 17, 2014 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  3. Rudy NYC


    @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.
    Soros funds most of the liberal/progressive groups in the U.S.?
    Do you have any facts? No. Or is it just a rigtht wing talking point? Yes.

    March 17, 2014 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  4. Silence DoGood

    Fun fact (wikipedia): Fred Koch, the Koch's father is a founding member of the John Birch Society and is heavily connected to the Radical Christian Theocracy movement.

    March 17, 2014 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  5. Boomer in Mo

    Too much money in the political process CORRUPTS it. It does not matter if it is left, right or middle. Money is the root of evil in our political process and elsewhere. Money does not equal speech, as the supreme court ruled. It equals corruption. Period. Our entire political process is as corrupt as anywhere on earth, Russia included.

    March 17, 2014 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  6. smith

    rs-So what George Soros doing is not the same as the Koch Bros. because he has given as much money. Gimmie a break.

    March 17, 2014 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  7. Anonymous

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

    Revamping the electoral college won't stop Super PACs, but I do think your idea of getting rid of political tv and internet ads is a gem.

    March 17, 2014 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  8. yerkiddinright

    Cue the "George Soros spent a gazillion dollars" utterly false equivalency posts.

    March 17, 2014 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  9. Pam

    the only way the GOP can win any election is to buy it............

    March 17, 2014 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  10. Joe from CT, not Lieberman


    rs-So what George Soros doing is not the same as the Koch Bros. because he has given as much money. Gimmie a break.

    At least Soros isn't afraid for his name to be known and doesn't hide behind a shill.

    March 17, 2014 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  11. Gurgyl

    God bless you, Pam. Thanks a bunch.

    March 17, 2014 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  12. smith

    Rudy-Google George Soros funded groups and enjoy.

    March 17, 2014 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  13. salty dog

    Men who want to control your government are not your friends, but vote for their minions anyway. How bad does your life have to get before you get informed? The gop are stereotyped the way they are for a reason, if your not rich, you have absolutely no reason to vote gop, you just don't. They want you to believe BS, they don't think for a minute lower taxes on the rich creates jobs, or that keystone will bring us energy independence, its what their being told to sell you. They sound like the preacher on TV that told me I must give him money, and he guaranteed I would get back my money ten fold, if I didn't, I was asking the devil into my life.

    March 17, 2014 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  14. Tony in Maine

    @smith No.

    Soros is poverty stricken compared to the Koch crime family. But leave to the empty bobbleheads at Faux Gnus to con the easily led with another ridiculous myth.

    March 17, 2014 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
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