Hijacking Campaign 2018

Americans for Prosperity

January 8, 2018

This phony issue ad group was created in 2003 by David and Charles Koch, the billionaire owners of Koch Industries and Wisconsin-based papermaker Georgia-Pacific. 

Americans for Prosperity, which refuses to disclose how much it raises and spends, supports Republican and conservative candidates for federal, state, and local offices around the country. The Democracy Campaign estimates that Americans for Prosperity spent $5.7 million since January 2010 on legislative and statewide elections in Wisconsin.

Less than two weeks before the January 16 special election to fill the vacant 10th District Senate seat, the group sponsored 60-second radio and 15-second digital advertisements supporting Republican Rep. Adam Jarchow, of Balsam Lake, in the race.

The advertisements – here and here – claim Jarchow supported policies that created jobs and cut taxes for families and small businesses.

Jarchow faces Democrat Patty Schachtner to fill the northwestern Wisconsin Senate seat that was vacated by longtime GOP Sen. Sheila Harsdorf, of River Falls, to become Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s agriculture secretary.

Last active election: 2016