Koch brothers unveil list of backed House candidates (and Coffman isn’t on it)
Author: Associated Press - August 31, 2018 - Updated: August 31, 2018
Yet in 2016, the Koch brothers-funded 501(c)4 Americans for Prosperity knocked on doors advocating for the defeat of Coffman’s opponent — former state Sen. Morgan Carroll. Among those knocking on doors was AFP President Tim Phillips himself. It was the only race in the entire nation where AFP took that action and only the second time they had done so in Colorado, said then-AFP Colorado director Michael Fields, according to the Colorado Independent.
The Kochs, who devote substantial resources to pushing conservative policies at the state and national level, are active in New Jersey but do not have chapters in California or New York.
“While Americans for Prosperity is committed to opposing politicians who actively work to defeat good policies, we are proud to stand with lawmakers who champion legislation that helps improve people’s lives,” said AFP president Tim Phillips.
He added: “The candidates we are supporting this fall have each been strong, principled leaders.”
All but one of the endorsed candidates, Hurd, supported efforts to repeal President Barack Obama’s health care law, including the popular provision that required insurance companies to cover pre-existing conditions.
All of them voted for the sweeping tax cuts and the GOP plan to ease banking regulations put in place after the 2007 financial collapse.
Most supported the White House-backed $1.3 trillion spending bill Congress adopted earlier in the year over the Koch network’s objections. The opponents included three people on the endorsement list: Freedom Caucus members Blum, Brat and Budd.
Some of the group also oppose Trump’s immigration policies. Hurd, in particular, has emerged as a vocal critic of the administration’s move to separate immigrant families at the border and spend tens of billions of dollars on a huge wall. Paulsen supports a law that would protect many young immigrants in the country illegally from deportation, while Roskam opposed Trump’s border separation policy as well.
The Koch network favors a more forgiving immigration policy in line with much of the business wing of the GOP. Many businesses depend on immigrant labor to take jobs they have a hard time filling otherwise.
“As we work to build progress in Washington, we will continue our pursuit of policy majorities that will move our country in the right direction by supporting leaders like these,” Phillips said.
Marianne Goodland of Colorado Politics contributed.