Koch Brothers

Americans for Prosperity Launches Ads in Wisconsin, Missouri and Tennessee
Koch brothers group is spending nearly $5 million

Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., faces state Sen. Leah Vukmir in her bid for a second term. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The conservative Americans for Prosperity is spending nearly $5 million on ads in three Senate races, including two seats that Republicans are trying to flip and one the GOP is defending.

The Koch brothers-backed group is launching television and digital ads against Democratic Sens. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin and Claire McCaskill of Missouri, and former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen, who is running for Senate.

Koch Brothers Plan Another $4 Million in Senate Ads
Freedom Partners launching new TV campaign in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Nevada

Pennsylvania Democratic Senate candidate Katie McGinty is the target of an ad campaign by the Freedom Partners Action Fund. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Freedom Partners Action Fund, a super PAC controlled by the Koch brothers' political operation, plans to spend $4 million on ads targeting Democrats in the Pennsylvania, Ohio and Nevada Senate races this week.   

The spending was debuted at Charles and David Koch's donor retreat over the weekend. The Koch brothers have refused to spend on behalf of Donald Trump, choosing instead to pour their resources into Senate contests.  

Trump Digs in Against Khan Backlash
Doubles down on criticism of Muslim family amid weekend of bad news

Despite a weekend of negative press, Donald Trump shows no sign of backtracking on his recent comments. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Donald Trump on Monday doubled down on his criticism of an American Muslim family whose son was killed in Iraq, stating in an early morning tweet that Khizr Khan, the soldier's father was, "all over TV" spreading "vicious" attacks.  

The Republican nominee's remarks came as he stumbled out of the box as the candidates headed into the final 100 days of the presidential campaign with the conventions behind them. Trump's tweet Monday suggests that he will follow the same strategy he has used throughout his nontraditional campaign: Rather than acknowledge criticism, he will dig in and fire back.  

Ads attack Cortez-Masto on Uber
Says Cortez Masto cost Nevada jobs, took contributions from taxi companies

Catherine Cortez Masto is in a tight race with Rep. Joe Heck for Sen. Harry Reid's seat. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A super PAC bankrolled by the Koch Brothers network is blaming Nevada Democratic Senate candidate Catherine Cortez Masto for driving Uber out of the state.  

The ad, which is sponsored by the Freedom Partners Action Fund, blames Cortez Masto, who was the state's attorney general at the time, for filing three restraining orders against the private ride-sharing company after receiving contributions from the taxi cab industry.  

Koch Brothers Invest Heavily in Nevada, Ohio Senate Races
Billionaire investors declined to bankroll Trump campaign

Senate hopeful Rep. Joe Heck stands to benefit from the $1.2 million in Nevada advertising bought by the Freedom Partners Action Fund, a super PAC financed by the Koch brothers. (CQ Roll Call file photo)

A super PAC aligned with the conservative Koch brothers has spent millions on advertising in tight Senate races in Nevada and Ohio, and elsewhere after the billionaire industrialists announced they would not bankroll Donald Trump's presidential campaign.  

The Koch brothers and the conservative donor network they oversee had planned to funnel hundreds of millions of dollars to politics and policy in 2015 and 2016, putting them on par with both the Democratic and Republican parties and positioning the group to wield unparalleled influence on conservative campaigns. The group has so far spent $19.3 million in a handful of states, according to NBC news. 

Ethics Complaint Over Attacks on Koch Brothers Won't Silence Harry Reid

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Not long after the head of the Tea Party Patriots filed an ethics complaint against Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader's office accused that group of doing the bidding of the Koch brothers.  

The complaint filed with the Senate Ethics Committee accuses Reid of engaging in improper political activity related to his persistent attacks on Charles and David Koch and their associated spending on conservative interests.  

Reid: Koch Brothers Aren't Interested In Unemployment Extension, Minimum Wage

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid launched a new assault on the Koch brothers, blaming them for House Republicans' not passing an extension of unemployment benefits, a minimum wage hike or other parts of the Democratic agenda.  

"Their billionaire sugar-daddies aren't interested in helping middle class Americans get a fair shot. Charles and David Koch aren't concerned with the long-term unemployed families, and so the Republicans that they sponsor in the House of Representatives are content to do nothing for the long-term unemployed," Reid said, renewing his barrage against the wealthy businessmen and donors to a variety of conservative causes. The Nevada Democrat spoke on Monday to open the Senate for a monthlong work period.  

Reid, Durbin Accuse GOP of Putting Koch Brothers Ahead of Ukrainians

Senate Democratic leaders lit into Republicans Thursday over reports of an effort to tie aid to Ukraine to a move to block the IRS from clamping down on the political activities of tax-exempt groups.  

"If you submitted that plot line that we can't protect Americans and our friends overseas unless we protect the Koch brothers to 'House of Cards,' they'd reject it as a script incredible," Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin, D-Ill., said. "No one would take that position."  

Harry Reid's War On Koch