Thursday, August 28, 2014

Sam Stein: "At Koch Retreat, Top GOP Senate Candidates Credit Network for Rise" @ Huffington Post

[Excerpt] ... Levi Russell, director of public affairs at Americans for Prosperity, said, "It is common knowledge that AFP is fighting to advance economic freedom policies in many states around the country. Our staff and grassroots activists have knocked on hundreds of thousands of doors and made millions of phone calls. The comments from Tim Phillips reflect AFP's dedication to fighting for policies that result in more prosperity and well-being for everyone."

None of the three candidates returned a request for comment for this article. But their attendance at the retreat offered both reward and risk.

A few days after Ernst's appearance, Charles Koch, his wife, his son and his daughter-in-law each gave the Iowa candidate the legal maximum contribution of $2,600.

Cotton, meanwhile, took heat for backing out of the local Pink Tomato Festival to attend the Koch affair, with his opponent, Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.), all but accusing him of lacking home-state sensibilities. A willingness to go against the prevailing winds at home has endeared Cotton to the Koch brothers' crowd, however. At the California retreat, Phillips praised the congressman for voting against the congressional farm bill (on grounds that it was loaded up with corporate giveaways) even though it was popular in Arkansas. ... [End of Excerpt]

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