Americans for Prosperity Targets Six Vulnerable Democrats in Ad Buy

Wednesday, 20 Nov 2013 02:18 PM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

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Americans for Prosperity has launched a $3.5 million attack ad campaign against six vulnerable Democrats whose district seats are in danger in 2014 over their continued support of Obamacare.

The political group, backed by powerful billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, is attacking Sens. Mark Begich of Alaska; Kay Hagan of North Carolina; and Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, reports The New York Times. In addition, Reps. Joe Garcia and Patrick Murphy, both of Florida, and Ron Barber of Arizona, are being slammed through the ad campaign.

The senators all come from conservative states that supported Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in 2014, and the ads are being aimed at state elections where voters are most likely to oppose the new federal healthcare law.

"We want to make sure Obamacare is the No. 1 issue they're thinking about," said Americans for Prosperity President Tim Phillips. "We believe repealing Obamacare is a long-term effort, and the key part of that effort is keeping it in front of the American people night and day.”

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The advertising, narrated by female announcers, targets women because the group's research shows they are more undecided about Obamacare, but are also more likely to make their families' healthcare decisions.

"Healthcare isn’t about politics," says one of the narrators in an ad set for broadcast in North Carolina. "It’s not about a website that doesn’t work. It’s not about poll numbers or approval ratings. It’s about people. And millions of people have lost their health insurance."

In Alaska's advertisement, a female narrator notes "unfulfilled promises" Obama and Begich, among others, made on Obamacare.

"Sen. Begich didn’t listen," she says. "How can I ever trust him again? It just isn’t fair. Alaska deserves better."

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Americans for Prosperity has spent millions over the years to defeat Democratic candidates, with $122 million in 2012 alone in an attempt to defeat President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats, according to a Center for Public Integrity review of documents the group filed in Colorado, The Huffington Post reports.

The 2012 totals are more than the combined amount the group spent in the years since it was founded in 2004 through 2011, when it spent $72 million, Internal Revenue Service records show.

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