Americans For Prosperity (AFP), the nonprofit slush fund for the Koch brother’s vast political machine, has announced it’s rolling out a series of “seven-figure” ads, aimed at what they believe are vulnerable Democratic Senate races in New Hampshire, North Carolina and Louisiana.
The ads, centered on the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) troubled initial roll out and President Obama’s 2010 promise that Americans who liked their insurance could keep it, are the group and the brother’s second volley of attack ads aimed at Democrats as the midterm election season comes into view.
In November AFP released a series of similar ads, targeting voters in Florida, Alaska, North Carolina and Louisiana, which cost a total of $16 million for the single month’s campaign. In 2012 AFP spent a reported $122 million on ads aimed at influencing voter opinion in an attempt to defeat President Obama.
Spending this year on attack ads and third-party campaigning is expected to similarly high as numerous House and Senate seats head into highly contested races.
Under their non-profit status, AFP is not required to disclose their sources of their revenues or donors and with the brothers Charles and David Koch – who are the sixth and seventh wealthiest people on the planet – serving as co-founders, it doesn’t take much imagination to divine where much of the revenue comes from.
Ardent libertarians, the Koch brothers have become central figures in the fight to preserve or destroy government and public institutions in the name of corporate profits and industrial progress. Over the past several election cycles and especially since the handing down of the Citizen’s United Supreme Court decision, they have spent untold millions in their efforts to subversively control election narratives.
With their fingers in numerous industrial pies, ranging from energy and petroleum to chemical and consumer products, their vested interests in maintaining influence in regards to taxation and regulation make expense no object when it comes to electioneering.
The final obstacle between corporate billionaire ideologues like the Kochs and direct purchase power in legislative agendas, that of the individual aggregate contribution caps to political campaigns, is presently facing its own trials as Koch Brothers backed industry group the Alabama Coal Association (ACA) and their poster boy Shaun McCutcheon head before the supreme court to argue against the Federal Election Commission and eliminate these caps.
In the meantime however, voters can expect to see Koch/AFP sponsored ads throughout the campaign season and in increasing volume the closer we get to election day. Whether these ads and the rhetoric of the pro-corporate conservative movement manage to influence the outcome of these midterms remains to be seen.
But if anything is certain, it will be a tough climb in their arguing for further obsession with the ACA, as the economic inequality produced from their policy victories of the recent past continues to stir the anger of struggling Americans the nation over.