Americans For Prosperity, the conservative group funded by the Koch brothers, is spending between $24 and $25 million on a month-long ad buy in 11 swing states, a Republican media buyer has confirmed.
The AFP ads will run in western swing states of Colorado, Nevada, and New Mexico, the midwestern battlegrounds of Ohio, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, as well as Florida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.
The Koch brothers and their conservative advocacy group, Americans for Prosperity, say the Obama administration is using them as a bogeyman for the 2012 election.
“The Obama administration always seeks a villain to explain away the disastrous failure of their big government economic policies,” AFP president Tim Phillips said in response to a prolonged back-and-forth between the Kochs and Obama’s team. “The President himself attacked Americans for Prosperity by name in 2010 on almost two dozen occasions, blaming AFP for his troubles. And now in 2012, his campaign is already attacking AFP again.”
President Obama’s re-election campaign is accusing the Koch brothers-funded conservative group Americans for Prosperity of faking its grassroots support.
The claim, in a new letter from campaign manager Jim Messina, is part of a growing back-and-forth between the Obama team and the billionaire Koch brothers.
“You argue that Americans for Prosperity is a grassroots organization of everyday citizens,” Messina wrote in the letter, an early copy which was obtained by The Fix. “But its emphasis on rolling hack environmental protections and blocking a clean energy economy appears to be nothing more than an effort to promote the corporate interests of your employers and others who lavishly, and secretly, fund its operations.”
On Friday, the Koch brothers — oil magnates Charles and David — sent Messina a letter deriding a fundraising e-mail from the Obama campaign. The fundraising letter accused the Kochs of “jacking up prices at the pump” and committing as much as $200 million to defeating Obama’s reelection.