Today, the Koch network’s Freedom Partners Action Fund announced another $1.5 million ad campaign to support Republican Adam Laxalt’s gubernatorial bid. This comes on top of a previous million-dollar ad buy from Freedom Partners last fall — their first of the 2018 cycle — and an additional “across the board” investment for Laxalt by another Koch super-PAC, Americans for Prosperity (AFP). On Monday, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that Laxalt secretly added Nevada to a California lawsuit last year in support of allowing AFP to hide the identities of their top donors.
The Koch network has been guiding Laxalt’s gubernatorial campaign all along. He spent a late January weekend at a “restful sanctuary” in California courting 550 of his closest pals from the Koch network of conservative mega-donors to secure unprecedented piles of cash for his gubernatorial bid. In return for his loyalty to the Koch agenda, the special interest network named him a “rising star” at the retreat.
Nevada State Democratic Party spokeswoman Helen Kalla released the following statement:
“It’s no surprise that the Koch network is pouring millions into electing their hometown hero, Adam Laxalt. Laxalt is a willing puppet of the right-wing dark money machine, eager to fight their legal battles for them and push their extreme agenda onto Nevadans. Now the Kochs are rewarding him with yet another seven figure investment so he can continue doing their dirty work. Nevadans want a governor who will put their priorities first, not those of wealthy special interests backed by secret corporate donors.”