PA-Sen: Koch Brothers Group on the Ground in PA
Gold followed staffers who knocked on doors and handed out literature to residents of King of Prussia in Montgomery County.
“You guys get a sneak preview of what we’re going to be doing pretty aggressively over the next few months,” AFP’s Pennsylvania state director, Beth Anne Mumford, told the group of volunteers in King of Prussia last week. The foot soldiers were given a bunch of brochures with a picture of a guy holding a fistful of money on the cover. The caption was “Pennsylvanians Cannot Afford Katie McGinty In The Senate.”
“The Koch operation’s field teams are gathering reams of information on voters in key battleground states, intelligence that filters back to the Republican National Committee and GOP candidates through a datasharing agreement,” Gold reports. “Even more valuable is the early organizing push by the network’s robust ground force, which far outstrips Trump’s meager field operation and could help prod ambivalent voters to the polls.”
In addition to PA, Americans for Prosperity have also begun working in Ohio and Wisconsin and intend to start soon in Nevada and Florida. All of these states have critical Senate contests this November.
Over the weekend, AFP claimed they reached 375,000 independent and Republican leaning voters in PA.
Many of the people Gold encountered back Toomey but are unsure about Donald Trump.
“I still believe in the Republican Party, but I have mixed feelings about the candidate,” one explained.