AFP expanding effort to push Koch agenda in Louisiana

June 26, 2014

According to a report Tuesday from the Independent Weekly, Koch-backed Americans for Prosperity is planning to grow its presence in Louisiana. The report notes that AFP’s national president was recently in Louisiana meeting with donors and prospects.

AFP’s state president told the newspaper that AFP seeks to have an “impact on public policy in the state,” but did not specify which policies comprise this “laundry list” of issues. We certainly know what issue isn’t on AFP’s list — protecting Louisianans from sky-high flood insurance premiums. After Congress passed the Biggert-Waters act in 2012, in an effort to ensure the solvency of the National Flood Insurance Program, flood insurance premiums went through the roof for some Louisiana families. When lawmakers attempted to address these impacts, AFP did its utmost to end all federal flood insurance subsidies and succeeded in delaying Congress’ vote on the fix, which ultimately passed in March of this year. In the unfortunate event of another disaster, Louisianians should also be troubled by AFP’s response in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. AFP issued multiple legislative alerts urging lawmakers to vote down critical disaster relief and infrastructure preparedness measures.

Check this space for updates as AFP pushes its Koch brothers-approved policy agenda in the Bayou State.

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