The political network assembled by billionaire Charles Koch will launch four new Political Action Committees ahead of the 2020 primary elections, The Hill reports.
Americans for Prosperity CEO Emily Seidel made the announcement in a letter to donors. She wrote that the group, which typically backs GOP candidates, will “support the primary election of lawmakers, regardless of political party, who stick their necks out to lead diverse policy coalitions.”
The Koch network announced last January that it will not support a presidential candidate in the 2020 election.
Although AFP has not announced how much it plans on spending in this election cycle, the organization spent about $400 million leading up to the 2018 elections, when the Koch network broke with the GOP over its support for the $1.3 trillion spending package that Congress passed and President Donald Trump signed into law the year before. AFP ran ads against numerous Republicans in the House and Senate who voted for the bill, along with ads thanking Democrats for cooperating on issues like criminal justice reform.
Seidel writes that “the threat of being primaried prevents policymakers from leading on difficult issues and driving principled policy reforms. AFP or AFP Action will be ready to engage contested U.S. Senate, U.S. House, and state-level primary races, including Republican, Democrat, Independent or otherwise, to support sitting legislators who lead by uniting with others to pass principled policy and get good things done.”
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