Sensing the threat Donald Trump’s candidacy poses to down-ballot Republicans, David and Charles Koch are renewing their focus on buying influence in Senate and House races. The Koch network is planning on directing their $900 million war chest to a spring offensive of ad campaigns targeting Democratic challengers and propping up Republican incumbents.
- The Judicial Crisis Network, a Koch-backed group reliant on funding from the Koch-funded Wellspring Committee, has spent $750,000 running ads in support of vulnerable Republican incumbent Kelly Ayotte.
- AFP may have turned off the flow of funds to Senator Ayotte after (somehow) deeming her “too moderate,” but AFP-New Hampshire state director Greg Moore left no doubt that the organization will continue to attack Senate-challenger Gov. Maggie Hassan–granting de facto support to Ayotte. AFP has already spent over $1 million in attacks against Hassan.
- In October, David Koch hosted a $10,000 a plate fundraiser in Manhattan supporting Kelly Ayotte.