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Koch-funded group launches anti-Nelson ad
Posted Jun 22, 2012 by William March
Updated Jun 22, 2012 at 02:51 PM
The latest conservative organization to launch an advertising campaign against Florida Sen. Bill Nelson is Americans for Prosperity, funded in part by the well-known, billionaire Koch brothers.
The organization announced a two-week, $1 million statewide buy starting today for an ad you can see here.
Like previous ads by the conservative 60-Plus Association and Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS group, this one bashes Nelson for voting for the economic stimulus package and the Affordable Health Care act.
But it also says Nelson cast “the deciding vote” on health care reform—which is true only in that the law passed with the minimum two-thirds majority in the Senate, so any senator who voted for it could have been said to have cast “the deciding vote.”
Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska was actually considered to the decisive swing voter whose vote in favor of the law ensured its passage.
Nelson can also expect to take a hit from a super PAC backing his likely Republican opponent, Rep. Connie Mack.
Charles and David Koch, Kansas-based billionaire industrialists known for funding right-wing political causes, are among the major supporters of Americans for Prosperity.