Koch-Linked Group Spends $27 Million On Ads

Source: Fredreka Schouten / USA TODAY

WASHINGTON — Americans for Prosperity unleashed two more rounds of ads Thursday attacking President Obama’s health care law, bringing to $27 million the amount it has poured into an aggressive campaign to blister the law and Democrats who supported it ahead of the midterm elections.

The conservative advocacy group, aligned with billionaire industrialists David Koch and Charles Koch, plans to spend $400,000 on ads targeting Florida Democratic Reps. Alan Grayson and Joe Garcia. It also released a new online commercial today that seizes on a new federal report that concludes the law could reduce the number of full-time workers in the USA by more than 2 million. The Congressional Budget Office report says that would happen because people may choose to work fewer hours if they can do so without losing health insurance.

The grim ad accuses Obama of lying about the law’s impact and says the reduction in full-time employment will hurt “the economy and middle-class families.”

The advertising barrage from the group has rattled Democrats, who are fighting to retain their hold on the Senate majority in November. The group’s biggest spending target — nearly $7.4 million to date — is North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan, one of four incumbent Democratic senators seeking re-election in states won by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in 2012.

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