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Koch Super PAC Launches First Ad Buy in Indiana Senate Race

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Former Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh speaks at a Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton campaign stop in Indianapolis, Sunday, May 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

By    |   Tuesday, 26 Jul 2016 08:45 AM

Freedom Partners Action Fund, the super-PAC that leads Charles and David Koch's conservative donor network, is launching a $1 million ad purchase focusing on Indiana's Senate race and targeting Democrat Evan Bayh according to The Hill.

The campaign's goal is to support Republican Rep. Todd Young against Bayh. Republican Sen. Dan Coats held the seat, but is retiring.

Bayh, who retired in 2010 following two Senate terms, announced his bid in a statement, saying, "With the challenges facing Indiana and this country, I can no longer sit on the sidelines and watch as partisan bickering grinds Washington to a halt."

The ads will target Bayh's vote for the Wall Street bailout in 2008 and taking a job with a bank that profited from the bailout when he left office, The Hill reports.

The ad says that Young will put Indiana "ahead of special interests."

Bayh entered the race at the last minute. Handicappers for the election now call the Indiana race a toss-up, according to The Hill.

Young told WSBT TV that Bayh spends most of his time in Washington, D.C., where he owns two mansions and knows more about Washington politics than what his constituents want.

"I think it makes him unqualified for office," Young said.

A Democratic campaign committee is supporting Bayh, according to Roll Call, with one ad attacking Young's views on Social Security and Medicare.

"Todd Young called Medicare and Social Security 'welfare.' And in Washington, Young said he was proud to back a plan that meant deep cuts to Social Security," the ad said.

Democrats need to earn five seats to gain control of the Senate. They must successfully defend 10 seats, while Republicans have 24 at stake.

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Freedom Partners Action Fund, the super-PAC that leads Charles and David Koch's conservative donor network, is launching a $1 million ad purchase focusing on Indiana's Senate race and targeting Democrat Evan Bayh according to The Hill.
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