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WATCH: Koch Group Intensifies Attack Against Kay Hagan

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Americans for Prosperity, one of the largest right-wing 501(c)(4) “dark money” groups, is reportedly launching a major ad campaign attacking vulnerable Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC).

According to Politico, Americans for Prosperity — which is financially backed by billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch — is making a $1.4 million television ad buy to air this spot criticizing Senator Hagan’s support for the Affordable Care Act:

“People don’t like political ads. I don’t like them either, but health care isn’t about politics,” the ad’s narrator says, without a hint of irony. “It’s about people. It’s not about a website that doesn’t work, it’s not about poll numbers or approval ratings. It’s about people. Millions of people have lost their health insurance, millions of people can’t see their own doctors and millions are paying more and getting less. Obamacare doesn’t work, it just doesn’t work.”

The ad is the latest in a series of factually challenged attacks that AFP has launched against the incumbent Democrat. According to the New York Times, the dark money group aired 3,535 ads criticizing Hagan’s stance on health care reform between June 1, 2013 and January 12, 2014 (more than double the amount targeting the second-most-attacked senator, Democrat Mary Landrieu).

AFP’s financial support could prove critical to Republican efforts to unseat Hagan in November’s midterm elections. The incumbent Democrat has over $5 million in cash on hand, giving her a significant financial advantage over her Republican rivals.

North Carolina is widely viewed as one of the states that could decide which party controls the Senate for the rest of President Barack Obama’s time in office. If Hagan is able to win re-election, it would dramatically reduce Republicans’ chances of winning the net six seats they need to claim a Senate majority.

Early polling of the race finds Hagan narrowly trailing each of the frontrunners for the Republican nomination, state House Speaker Thom Tillis and Tea Party-backed doctor Greg Brannon.

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Henry Decker was formerly the Managing Editor of The National Memo. He is currently an Online Associate at MRCampaigns.

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  1. daniel bostdorf February 4, 2014

    Back in 2011… a shadowy nonprofit pumped hundreds of thousands of dollars into a campaign to change how electoral votes are counted. The group didn’t disclose who was funding its efforts…thanks to Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), a nonpartisan government watchdog, it’s clear that organizations with ties to billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch footed at least some of the bill.

    Just ONE example from Pennsyivania:
    The group, All Votes Matter, spent large sums lobbying for legislation to to subvert Electoral College Rules. In 2011, All Votes Matter received:

    $20,000 from Arizona-based Americans for Responsible Leadership;
    $40,000 from Washington, D.C.-based American Commitment;
    $40,000 from Iowa-based American Future Fund;
    $40,000 from Arizona-based Free Enterprise America;
    $60,000 from the Center to Protect Patient Rights (CPPR), an Arizona nonprofit and key player in the Koch-linked network that distributed millions of dollars to other political active nonprofits.

    In 2012, All Votes Matter another $80,000 grant, the only contribution the group reported receiving that year.

    The Teaparty was created by a group of affiliated Libertarian/Ayn Rand devotees ie billionaire global industrialists. Koch brothers are leading the charge….and paying for the whole war against the American people.

    “The billionaires behind these groups weren’t trying to save democracy, 
they were trying to hijack it, and they were rich and powerful enough to
be able to essentially buy their own politicians and dupe a few 
thousand “American” activists to do their bidding.”

    Above quote taken from here:
http://www.alternet.org/tea-pa…

    For this “movement” to succeed, it needs propagandists and media sympathizers.

    And just look at the propaganda attacks against Kay Hagan….Hello Karl Rove..

    Teaparty has its propaganda mastermind, Rove, paid by billionaire the Koch Brothers … The media outlets of Fox”news,”, Limbaugh, Beck, and a dozen others shoved down the collective throat of American their intentional lies, distortions and bizarre theories about Obama…..

    Now they are targeting Kay Hagan…

    This “propaganda playbook” by Rove and others is nothing new. Fascists need to create imaginary enemies. They play off the uneducated and racism of their fanatic followers who are conveniently in a depression era economy created by Bush and Wall Street/big bank greed. The American Right invented it’s imaginary Obama to try and get the USA to by into their fascism.

    Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels (devotees include Fox “news”, Limbaugh, Beck and Rove) said it best:

    “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”

    or as Adolph Hitler stated:
”Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it”

    The 1930’s had the Brown Shirts.
…The 1950’s had Joseph McCarthy…
The 1980’s had Ronald Reagan…
The late 1990’s had George Bush JR…
Today we have the Teaparty and the “red shirts” and psyocphant supporteres.

    Take a good look at what is being perpetrated upon Kay Hagan.

    All made possible by Citizens United courtesy the GOP controlled Supreme Court. Corporation’s money is “free speech.”

    America better wake up.

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      1. daniel bostdorf February 5, 2014

        Semantically correct to a point….
        Karl Rove Concedes To Tea Party, Finally Approves Of Rand Paul
        article:
        http://www.redstate.com/dloesch/2013/02/18/karl-rove-concedes-to-tea-party-finally-approves-of-rand-paul/

        Rove just recently supported an event with Teaparty financiers, the Koch brothers. From the article outlining how Rove is intertwined
        “Several of those in attendance also have been top contributors to American Crossroads, the super PAC co-founded by Karl Rove.”

        American Crossroads gives money to Koch PACS that support Teaparty candidates, but Rove has no direct support of the Teaparty. Semanticaly correct.
        article here:
        http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/02/05/a-rare-look-inside-the-koch-brothers-political-empire/

        Karl Rove groups raised $6.1 million in 2013
        article:
        http://www.politico.com/story/2014/01/karl-rove-super-pac-american-crossroads-crossroads-gps-victory-project-fundraising-102961.html?hp=l8

        To your point—this article does confirm, however, Rove has a new PAC to counterbalance Teaparty:

        ” Rove added a third group to the network in 2013, forming the Conservative Victory Project to counterbalance the influence of Tea Party and conservative grassroots forces in GOP primaries. The project was premised on backing the most electable Republican in competitive Senate primaries — with Rove and other party elders convinced that the party had thrown away at least a half-dozen Senate seats Similar Democratic super PACs matched the Crossroads fundraising network easily.

        Let us remember that The Conservative Victory Project, which is backed by Karl Rove and his allies who built American Crossroads into the largest Republican super PAC of the 2012 election cycle, will start by intensely vetting prospective contenders for Congressional races to
        try to weed out candidates who are seen as too flawed to win general elections.

        this is a very important semantical distinction because if there is a “moderate Teaparty” canidate, then technically CVP will help…

        And this February 20th Wall Street Journal article supports a SEPARATION of parties—written by Rove:
        Where the Tea Parties Should Go From Here–The power of the movement is its independence from Democrats and the GOP
        article here

        http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052748703444804575071291097797862

        Rove semantically states that he believes in separation from the Teaparty….but he has never stated that I know of that he categorically does not support them at all levels…

        Rove is master of disinformation.

        He has to “separate” from Teaparty because he was a disaster to the GOP when he wanted it joined at the hip…

        Proble is that Rove created a fractured GOP…that they can not recover from.

        Rove desperately wants the SenateOP hands by any means necessary— and the ONLY way to do that is SEPARATE the Teaparty from the RNC/GOP….but support “hidden in the closet Teaprty candidates dressed up as acceptible independant conservative GOP candidates…

          1. daniel bostdorf February 5, 2014

            While there is much rancor over Karl Rove wanting to separate from The Teaparty….it is important to emphasize the word separation. It does not mean he does not “support” The Teaparty anymore…

            Karl Rove Concedes To Tea Party, Finally Approves Of Rand Paul
            article:
            http://www.redstate.com/dloesch/2013/02/18/karl-rove-concedes-to-tea-party-finally-approves-of-rand-paul/

            and here: “Karl Rove Dismisses Tea Party Backlash: We Need ‘Fewer Christine O’Donnells And More Rand Pauls’”

            here http://www.mediaite.com/tv/karl-rove-dismisses-tea-party-backlash-we-need-fewer-christine-odonnells-and-more-rand-pauls/

            and finally here: “Rand Paul Skips His Father’s Speech to Meet With Karl Rove”
            Here: http://www.economicpolicyjournal.com/2014/01/rand-paul-skips-his-fathers-speech-to.html

            Hardly totally against the Teaparty…

            Rove semantically states that he believes in separation from the Teaparty….but he has never stated that I know of that he categorically does not support them at all levels…

            Rove is master of disinformation.

            He has to “separate” from Teaparty because he was a disaster to the GOP when he wanted it joined at the hip…

            Problem is that Rove created a fractured GOP…that they can not recover from.

            Rove desperately wants the Senate in GOP hands by any means necessary— and the ONLY way to do that is SEPARATE the Teaparty from the RNC/GOP….but support “hidden in the closet” Teaparty candidates dressed up as acceptable independent conservative GOP candidates…

            GUess who is one of these closeted GOP conservatives?

            Tom Tillis running against Hagan…

            In 2011, the American Legislative Exchange Council named him “Legislator of the Year.” ALEC is a network of state legislators with strong corporate ties, a private-enterprise board with executives from Koch companies and ExxonMobil and a heavy hand in many conservative state legislatures (it’s authored several bills that have passed the General Assembly). Last year, Tillis joined its board of directors.

            Power players think he has the best chance of unseating Hagan. He’s gotten the support of Karl Rove, who has appeared at several of his fundraisers, and donations from John Boehner and Mitch McConnell.

  2. Daniel Jones February 4, 2014

    To anyone that could possibly wonder about this:

    “I tip my hat to the new Constitution, take a vow for the new revolution;
    fighting free from the chains all around you, pick up my guitar and play;
    just like yesterday–then I’ll get my knees and pray…

    We don’t get fooled again!”

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  3. Dominick Vila February 5, 2014

    Big money is flowing to other states as well, including Florida, where I live. The pathetic Gov Scott is being transformed into a caring, compassionate, and devoted politician whose top priority is the well being of the people of Florida…his record notwithstanding.
    The sad part is the millions of Americans will take the bait and will re-elect the very people that are doing everything they can to preserve and, if possible, pave the way for the wealthiest Americans to accumulate more wealth, while the middle class and the poor struggle to make ends meet. We are in desperate need of a well crafted education program, focused on politics, to teach the electorate and allow them to understand the difference between a chimera and reality.

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    1. Bill Thompson February 5, 2014

      Right you are but where does the money come from, and that is what it is all about. Fighting a industrial complex like the koch brothers is a daunting task. Once again the Democratic response has to be more focused and they must speak with a singular voice if there is any chance of a rebuttal.

      1. daniel bostdorf February 5, 2014

        And it is extremely important that George Soros and others with the $$$ support these efforts against Koch and Rove kabal…

      2. daniel bostdorf February 5, 2014

        Check out my research on Tom Tillis trying to defeat Hagan and how Rove and Koch are behind it…

    2. daniel bostdorf February 5, 2014

      Yeah—and GOP big money supports Tillis. I posted extensive background on this and why Rove is distancing himself from declared rabid extreme Teaparty candidates….

  4. jointerjohn February 5, 2014

    You know what I call being targeted by the Koch brothers? A “ringing endorsement”.

    Reply
  5. Gary Graves February 5, 2014

    These are not white lies, dirty tricks with dirty people, and they say they are religious?

    Reply
  6. Barbara Morgan February 5, 2014

    It is time to do away with tax exempt organizations that uses it “Charity’s money” for political reasons. If you are a charity then no money should be used to promote any political candidate or party. If all money collected isn’t used for Charity reasons and operational cost there should be no tax exemption period and that goes for churches also. All money that spent on getting someone elected should have to show the names of all donors and have to prove that the money came from within the US and from US citizens. By doing this a lot of dark money can’t be used to influence an election and should stop the Koch brothers and their stooges in their tracks.

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    1. daniel bostdorf February 5, 2014

      This is a start—but we have to somehow repeal “Citizens United.”

  7. browninghipower February 5, 2014

    In a just world with a just god, the koch brothers and their ilk would develop fatal fucking brain/pancreatic/liver cancer. But as I was once taught, the rain falls on the just and the unjust alike…but more on the just because the unjust have all the fucking umbrellas!

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    1. daniel bostdorf February 5, 2014

      Appreciate the “George Carlin like” post 🙂

  8. howa4x February 5, 2014

    I’m shocked that the Koch bros would do something like that!!!!

    Reply
  9. johninPCFL February 5, 2014

    One hopes that they continue spending their inheritance until it’s gone completely. After all, at a few hundred million bucks per election cycle they can continue improving the lives of pollsters, newscasters, campaign advisors, and other players for a few more years.

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  10. DAVE in VA February 5, 2014

    If you think that the KOCH Brothers are bad check out George Soros.
    http://www.humanevents.com/2011/04/02/top-10-reasons-george-soros-is-dangerous/

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    1. daniel bostdorf February 5, 2014

      Oh Kock brothers are bad….they are far far worse….

  11. daniel bostdorf February 5, 2014

    While there is much rancor over Karl Roves wanting to separate from The Teaparty….it is important to emphasize the word separation. It does not mean he does not “support” The Teaparty anymore…

    Karl Rove Concedes To Tea Party, Finally Approves Of Rand Paul
    article:
    http://www.redstate.com/dloesch/2013/02/18/karl-rove-concedes-to-tea-party-finally-approves-of-rand-paul/

    and here: “Karl Rove Dismisses Tea Party Backlash: We Need ‘Fewer Christine O’Donnells And More Rand Pauls’”

    here http://www.mediaite.com/tv/karl-rove-dismisses-tea-party-backlash-we-need-fewer-christine-odonnells-and-more-rand-pauls/

    and finally here: “Rand Paul Skips His Father’s Speech to Meet With Karl Rove”
    Here: http://www.economicpolicyjournal.com/2014/01/rand-paul-skips-his-fathers-speech-to.html

    Hardly totally against the Teaparty…

    Rove just recently supported an event with Teaparty financiers, the Koch brothers. From the article outlining how Rove is intertwined:

    “Several of those in attendance also have been top contributors to American Crossroads, the super PAC co-founded by Karl Rove.”

    American Crossroads gives money to Koch PACS that support Teaparty candidates, but Rove has no direct support of the Teaparty. Semanticaly correct.
    article here:
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/02/05/a-rare-look-inside-the-koch-brothers-political-empire/

    Karl Rove groups raised $6.1 million in 2013
    article:
    http://www.politico.com/story/2014/01/karl-rove-super-pac-american-crossroads-crossroads-gps-victory-project-fundraising-102961.html?hp=l8

    This article does confirm, however, Rove has a new PAC to “counterbalance” Teaparty:
    quote:
    ” Rove added a third group to the network in 2013, forming the Conservative Victory Project to counterbalance the influence of Tea Party and conservative grassroots forces in GOP primaries. The project was premised on backing the most electable Republican in competitive Senate primaries — with Rove and other party elders convinced that the party had thrown away at least a half-dozen Senate seats Similar Democratic super PACs matched the Crossroads fundraising network easily.

    The Conservative Victory Project, is over 30 years old, which is backed by Karl Rove and his allies who built American Crossroads into the largest Republican super PAC of the 2012 election cycle, will start by intensely vetting prospective contenders for Congressional races to try to weed out candidates who are seen as too flawed to win general elections.

    This is a very important semantical distinction because if there is a “moderate Teaparty” candidate, then technically CVP will help…

    And this February 20th Wall Street Journal article supports a SEPARATION of parties—written by Rove:
    Where the Tea Parties Should Go From Here–The power of the movement is its independence from Democrats and the GOP
    article here

    http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052748703444804575071291097797862

    Rove semantically states that he believes in separation from the Teaparty….but he has never stated that I know of that he categorically does not support them at all levels…

    Rove is master of disinformation.

    He has to “separate” from Teaparty because he was a disaster to the GOP when he wanted it joined at the hip…

    Problem is that Rove created a fractured GOP…that they can not recover from.

    Rove desperately wants the Senate in GOP hands by any means necessary— and the ONLY way to do that is SEPARATE the Teaparty from the RNC/GOP….but support “hidden in the closet” Teaparty candidates dressed up as acceptable independent conservative GOP candidates…

    And the Koch brothers are still wanting to support Rove even after all this…

    George Soros is a saint compare to these guys…

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