The Koch brothers-backed Americans for Properity is “a dominant force in the 2014 midterm elections, spending up to 10 times as much as any major outside Democratic group so far,” the New York Times reported. The group has already spent more than $30 million in at least eight states, and it now has more than 200 full-time paid staff members in field offices in at least 32 states. The group tried to learn from its defeats in the 2012 elections by pouring money and research into grassroots organizing. It also is spending heavily on testimonial-style advertising, primarily against Obamacare. Fact-check organizations have criticized the accuracy of the ads, and Democrats have complained that some of the spots feature actors, not “real people.” But, the Times reported, “Americans for Prosperity has not retreated.”
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