Americans for Prosperity

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Americans for Prosperity
Arlington, Virginia
Organization Profile
Type: 501(c)(4)
Top official:Tim Phillips
Year founded:2004
Website:Official website
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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."[1][2]

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.[3]

—Americans for Prosperity website, (2014), [4]


  • President: Tim Phillips
  • Chief Operating Officer: Luke Hilgemann
  • Vice President, State Operations: Teresa Oelke
  • Vice President, Development: Chris Fink

2014 elections

According to, Americans for Prosperity spent $9,485 in the 2014 election cycle, as of May 12, 2014.[5]

Endorsed candidates

In the 2014 election cycle, Americans for Prosperity supported the following candidates:[5]


Top Americans for Prosperity expenditures in 2014[6]
Candidate Party State Office For Against Total Desired Result
Marilinda Garcia Republican Party NH House $5,200 $0 $5,200
Republican Party of Arkansas Republican Party AR $1,500 $0 $1,500
Bill O'Brien Republican Party NH House $1,000 $0 $1,000
Florida New Federation of Republican Women Republican Party FL $1,000 $0 $1,000
Republican Party of North Carolina Republican Party NC $535 $0 $535
Republican Party of West Virginia Republican Party WV $250 $0 $250


Americans for Prosperity's May 2014 ad, "Rep. Cory Gardner: Fighting for Common Sense Solutions"

Americans for Prosperity's May 2014 ad, "Tell Ann Kuster: Our Patience for ObamaCare Is Gone"

Americans for Prosperity's February 2014 ad, "Tell Rep. Rahall to Stop Obamacare."

Americans for Prosperity's April 2014 ad, "Your Plan Has Been Cancelled."

Americans for Prosperity's February 2014 ad, "Mailbox."

Americans for Prosperity's February 2014 ad, "Senator Begich Needs to Keep His Word."

Ad attacking Kay Hagan on Obamacare

Americans for Prosperity's October 2013 ad, "Steve Southerland is Fighting for Us."

Americans for Prosperity February 2014 ad, "Steve Southerland Didn't Fall for the Lie of the Year."

Americans for Prosperity April 2014 ad, "Steve Southerland Puts Us First."

West Virginia

See also: West Virginia's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2014

Americans for Prosperity launched a $30,000 radio ad attacking incumbent Nick Rahall on February 10, 2014.[7]


See also: United States Senate elections in Louisiana, 2014

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.[8]

Landrieu is one of three Democratic Senators the Kochs are targeting in a $3.5 million advertising campaign on health care reform. Landrieu and the two other Senators -- Mark Begich and Kay Hagan-- all face re-election as Democratic incumbents in states that supported Mitt Romney (R) over President Barack Obama (D) in 2012.[8]

Americans for Prosperity released an ad, “Mailbox,” on February 12, 2014, that hit incumbent Mary Landrieu on Obamacare.[9] 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.[9] During the same period of time, AFP spent approximately $27 million on “Obamacare accountability efforts” nationwide.[9]

North Carolina

See also: United States Senate elections in North Carolina, 2014

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."[10]

Americans for Prosperity spent $1.7 million to release an ad attacking Kay Hagan for her position on Obamacare in October 2013.


See also: Florida's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2014

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.[11] The ads were part of a multi-wave campaign totaling more than $2 million.[11]

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.[12][13]

The group released another ad on April 1, 2014, that again thanked Southerland for his opposition to Obamacare.[14] The ad asserted the law was not working, but did not mention repeal.[14]

2013 elections

South Carolina

See also: South Carolina's 1st Congressional District special election, 2013

Former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford raised $334,397 over January and February 2013 in his bid for the South Carolina House seat.[15] David Koch, who launched the conservative outside group Americans for Prosperity, gave $2,500 to Sanford’s House campaign.

2012 elections

According to, Americans for Prosperity spent $11,291 in the 2012 election cycle.[5]

Endorsed candidates

In the 2012 election cycle, the Americans for Prosperity supported the following candidates:[5]


Top 5 largest Americans for Prosperity expenditures in 2012[6]
Candidate Party State Office For Against Total Desired Result
Jaime Herrera Beutler Republican Party WA Senate $1,950 $0 $1,950
George Allen Republican Party VA Senate $1,250 $0 $1,250
Mitt Romney Republican Party N/A President $1,950 $0 $1,950
Michael Baumgartner Republican Party WA House $1,250 $0 $1,250


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.

Ballot measures


2010 ballot measures

2009 ballot measures

In 2009 in Oregon, the state AFP chapter organized opposition to Ted Kulongoski's $733 million tax hike by supporting efforts to qualify the Oregon Tax Hike Vote, Ballot Measures 66 and 67 (2010) for the ballot.[16]

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  1. Americans for Prosperity, "About," accessed December 4, 2013
  2. Koch Industries Inc.: Koch and Americans for Prosperity, accessed January 23, 2014
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  4. Americans for Prosperity, "About," accessed May 6, 2014
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Open Secrets, "Americans for Prosperity," accessed December 16, 2013
  6. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named acs
  7. Politico, "Obama commits to at least 18 Democratic fundraisers—Jindal warns of ‘modern left’ at Reagan Library—FL-13 polls show Sink in the lead—Friday standings—Beyer gets a new endorsement in VA-08," accessed February 11, 2014
  8. 8.0 8.1, "Koch brothers target Mary Landrieu on the Affordable Care Act," accessed November 21, 2013
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Politico, "AFP steps up Mary Landrieu barrage," accessed February 12, 2014
  10., "Senate campaign takes shape early," November 10, 2013
  11. 11.0 11.1 Washington Post, "Conservative group launches House ads hitting Obamacare Web site glitches," accessed October 24, 2013
  12. Politico, "AFP boosts vulnerable Steve Southerland," accessed February 10, 2014
  13. The Hill, "," accessed February 10, 2014
  14. 14.0 14.1 Tampa Bay Times, "Americans for Prosperity launches ad thanking Southerland for Obamacare opposition," accessed April 2, 2014
  15. Washington Post, "Koch brother donates to Mark Sanford" accessed March 11, 2013
  16. The recession session is over