Koch Brothers Group Targets Barletta Ahead of Key Senate Race
The Koch brothers group Americans for Prosperity is targeting Congressman Lou Barletta over his vote on the spending bill Congress passed in March with online ads and mailers in the midst of the Senate election.
According to the Inquirer the ads are targeting 17 Congressmen who voted for the $1.3 trillion spending bill passed in March. The only other Pennsylvanian being targeted is Democratic Congressman Matt Cartwright.
From the Inquirer:
In hitting Barletta, it could hurt a GOP underdog who is battling U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa. — and who is counting on conservative advocacy groups to help counter a significant fund-raising gap. Instead, Barletta is taking friendly fire from an expected ally seeking to punish lawmakers who it argues have strayed from conservative fiscal principles.
The only other Pennsylvanian targeted is U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright, the state’s most vulnerable Democratic congressman. The ads are set to begin running over Memorial Day weekend.
While Americans for Prosperity did not say how much it is spending in Pennsylvania, the attack on Barletta is notable because of the group’s typical support for Republicans. The organization, backed by the billionaire industrialist Koch brothers, campaigned heavily in 2016 for Pennsylvania’s Republican Sen. Pat Toomey, who won a narrow reelection.
Barletta’s campaign views the ads as a positive, saying it proves he is “doing the right thing for Pennsylvania.”
“I have Bob Casey attacking me from the left and the Koch Brothers from the right. If the far left and far right are against me, I must be doing the right thing for Pennsylvania,” Barletta told the Inquirer.