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New Reports Make Clear – Buying the Nevada Senate Race is the Koch Brothers’ Top Priority

Congressman Heck is “the Koch Brothers’ candidate”

Koch Brothers have spent millions of dollars to buy the Nevada Senate race because they know Congressman Heck is a vote for their agenda in Washington

 

Las Vegas, NV – This week, new reports surfaced of just how invested Congressman Heck’s billionaire benefactors, the Koch Brothers, are in buying the Nevada Senate race. You can read the reports here, and here. These reports, and the massive amount of money spent to smear Catherine Cortez Masto, make clear that Congressman Heck is “the Koch Brothers’ candidate.” It’s no wonder why – Congressman Heck has spent his time in Washington voting with the Koch Brothers nearly 90% of the time.

“The Koch Brothers are getting what they paid for in Congressman Heck as he has voted with them nearly 90% of the time,” said Mairead Lynn, spokesperson for the Nevada State Democratic Party. “It’s no wonder the Koch Brothers have made buying this Senate race their top priority – Congressman Heck is a loyal footsoldier for their right-wing agenda in Washington. The Koch Brothers have spent millions of dollars lying about Catherine Cortez Masto’s record to distract voters from Congressman Heck doing their bidding in Washington. Voters will see through Congressman Heck’s billionaire benefactors’ lies this November and elect Catherine Cortez Masto to look out for Nevadans’ interest, not the Koch Brothers.”

 

Background:

Heck Has Voted With Americans For Prosperity 88% Of The Time. According to the Americans for Prosperity website, Heck supported Americans for Prosperity’s positions 100 percent of the time during 2013. [Americans for Prosperity, Scorecard, Accessed 12/22/15]

2013: Heck Voted With Americans For Prosperity 100% Of The Time. According to the Americans for Prosperity website, Heck supported Americans for Prosperity’s positions 100 percent of the time during 2013. [Americans for Prosperity, Scorecard, Accessed 12/22/15]

Political Science Professor Fred Lokken: “You Know Already That The Koch Brothers And Others Have Indicated They Will Dump Money [In Support Of Heck].” In July 2015, political columnist Ray Hagar wrote: “Fred Lokken, a political science professor at Truckee Meadows Community College, agreed that outside PAC money will help Heck more than Cortez Masto. ‘You know already that the Koch brothers and others have indicated they will dump money (in support of Heck),’ Lokken said.” [Reno Gazette- Journal, Ray Hagar, 7/10/15]

Name Recipient Date Amount
Charles Koch Friends of Joe Heck 6/16/2016  $2,700
Charles Koch Friends of Joe Heck 6/11/2016  $2,700
Elizabeth Koch Friends of Joe Heck 6/16/2016  $2,700
Elizabeth Koch Friends of Joe Heck 6/13/2016  $2,700
Koch’s Personally Gave Heck  $10,800 

Koch Industries PAC Contributed At Least $40,000 To Heck. From 2009-2015, Koch Industries contributed $35,000 to Heck, all through PACs. [OpenSecrets, Joe Heck, Top Contributors, Career Profile, Accessed 8/23/16]

The Hill: Many Of Heck’s Donors Are Connected To The Koch Brothers.According to an article by Jonathan Swan of The Hill, “Conservative donors across the country are already sending his campaign checks, and many of these donors are connected to the powerful network helmed by billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch.” [The Hill, 12/22/15]

Koch Brothers Funded Americans For Prosperity Ran Ads Supporting Heck. “As for Reid taking on the Koch brothers, the tactic may be a way to divert attention from difficulties Americans are having with President Barack Obama’s health insurance law, Duffy said. The Koch brothers are putting tens of millions of dollars behind Senate candidates with the aim of giving Republicans control of the upper house. The brothers also are among the most generous donors to Americans for Prosperity, which is running ads to support Heck.” [Las Vegas Review-Journal, 3/15/14]

Americans For Prosperity Made $200,000 2-Week Ad-Buy Supporting Heck, Thanking Him For Opposing Affordable Care Act. “Eight months before the Nov. 4 general election, Nevada’s most competitive congressional contest is heating up. Last week, Americans for Prosperity launched its second TV ad praising U.S. Rep. Joe Heck , R-Nev., who is running for his third term. He represents the 3rd Congressional District in Southern Nevada, including Henderson and most of unincorporated Clark County. The seat has switched parties several times since its creation after the 2000 census. The 30-second commercial thanks Heck for opposing President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare. The ad is running for two weeks at a cost of about $200,000, according to an insider.” [Las Vegas Review-Journal,3/10/14]

Headline: Bloomberg: “Dark Money Dominates Political Ad Spending.” [Bloomberg, 1/28/16]

Koch Brothers Dark Money Group Concerned Veterans For America Has Spent Almost $2.4 Million During 2016 Election Cycle. “Dark money groups are also bearing down on Senate races, where groups have spent more than $39 million since the start of 2015, according to the CMAG data. For example, Senator Pat Toomey, a Pennsylvania Republican, featured in more than $7.1 million worth of ads. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the American Chemistry Council and Concerned Veterans for America, a nonprofit with links to the network of organizations created by Charles and David Koch, spent almost $2.4 million touting aspects of Toomey’s record.” [Bloomberg, 1/28/16]

Las Vegas Sun: Koch Brothers Shelling Out $1 Million For Television And Digital Ads Targeting Catherine Cortez Masto. According to an article by Megan Messerly of the Las Vegas Sun, “A Koch brothers-backed group announced today it is shelling out $1 million for television and digital ads targeting Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Catherine Cortez Masto. […] The ads are paid for by the conservative-learning super PAC Freedom Partners Action Fund, part of the network of organizations affiliated with conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch.” [Las Vegas Sun, 5/2/16]

Las Vegas Sun: Koch Brothers Already Spent $700,000 In Ads Propping Up Congressman Heck. According to an article by Megan Messerly of the Las Vegas Sun, “This isn’t the first Koch-backed group to spend money on this Senate race this year. In March, the veterans-focused group Conservative Veterans of America spent $700,000 lauding Republican Rep. Joe Heck for his service to veterans in Congress.” [Las Vegas Sun, 5/2/16]