Americans For Prosperity (AFP), founded in 2004 by David H. Koch, is a Washington D.C.-based 501(c)(4) political advocacy group which describes itself as .".. an organization of grassroots leaders who engage citizens in the name of limited government and free markets on the local, state and federal levels."
The mission statement of the association is:
Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is committed to educating citizens about economic policy and mobilizing those citizens as advocates in the public policy process. AFP is an organization of grassroots leaders who engage citizens in the name of limited government and free markets on the local, state, and federal levels. AFP grassroots activists advocate for public policies that champion the principles of entrepreneurship and fiscal and regulatory restraint.
Reports in November 2013 circulated that Charles and David Koch, billionaire conservative activists, planned to run advertisements through one of their political groups, Americans for Prosperity, attacking Landrieu for her support of the Affordable Care Act.
Americans for Prosperity released an ad, “Mailbox,” on February 12, 2014, that hit incumbent Mary Landrieu on Obamacare. The ad showed people reading insurance cancellation notices under the healthcare law. The $750,000 ad buy brought the total spent by AFP in Louisiana, to around $2.6 million between October 2013 and February 2014. During the same period of time, AFP spent approximately $27 million on “Obamacare accountability efforts” nationwide.
The Affordable Care Act is likely to be one of the biggest issues in this race. Incumbent Kay Hagan has defended her stance on the issue from attacks from groups such as Americans for Prosperity and the state's Republican Party. Hagan was asked about reported issues where some people with individual policies have had them canceled due to the Affordable Care Act. She responded, "People were told they would be able to keep their plans if they liked them, and I am co-sponsoring a bill to ensure that that happens."
Americans for Prosperity spent $1.7 million to release an ad attacking Kay Hagan for her position on Obamacare in October 2013.
Americans for Prosperity released several ads in 2013, including one thanking Steve Southerland for opposing the Affordable Care Act, that highlighted the glitches on the new health-care exchanges Web site. The ads were part of a multi-wave campaign totaling more than $2 million.
The group released a second ad in February 2014, "Steve Southerland Didn't Fall for the Lie of the Year," which cast Southerland as a steadfast opponent of Obamacare. It ran for three weeks in the district and cost an estimated $160,000.
The group released another ad on April 1, 2014, that again thanked Southerland for his opposition to Obamacare. The ad asserted the law was not working, but did not mention repeal.
AFP hosted an event in Washington D.C. entitled, "Defending the American Dream Summit" on October 5, 2007. The topic of the debate was government spending and taxation. Presidential candidates attending included Rudy Giuliani, Mike Huckabee, John McCain, Ron Paul, Sam Brownback, Mitt Romney and Fred Thompson. Other speakers included John Stossel, Dinesh D'Souza, Art Laffer, John Fund, Steve Moore, Herman Cain, Dr. Barry Poulson, and AFP founder David H. Koch.
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