PA-Sen: Koch Brothers to Target Toomey-McGinty Race

Koch BrothersThe liberal boogeymen known as Charles and David Koch will be getting involved in Pennsylvania’s Senate contest.

According to Tim Alberta and Eliana Johnson of the National Review, the Koch brothers plan to spend money on TV ads in the Toomey/McGinty race.

Their network is focusing on just four states at the moment: Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

The latter three feature GOP incumbents running for re-election in blue states while Nevada is an open seat that is considered the most vulnerable one that the Dems are defending this year.

While Alberta and Johnson mention Florida as a possible fifth race, there is hesitancy about that state’s late primary. Apparently, they are put off by a spike in ad rates in September. As a result, any TV spots in PA will likely air over the summer.

Perhaps ironically, while Democrats will fret about this infusion of cash, the National Review piece focuses mainly on how the Koch brothers are pulling back in this election cycle as compared to their efforts in 2010, 2012 and 2014.

Incumbent GOP Senator Pat Toomey is running for a second term against Democratic nominee Katie McGinty in the November 8th general election.

UPDATE: Kenneth Vogel of Politico is reporting that the Koch brothers have spent $30 million in total for these ad reservations. It is not clear what amount of that sum will go to the PA contest.

May 16th, 2016 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Senate, Top Stories | 25 Comments

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  5. David Ferrari says:

    Toomey…….bought and paid for…..good riddance!

  6. Same Old Same Old says:

    Koch brothers realize Toomey can win and want to be sure he does otherwise they’d not spend their money. This race will be won with a simple consistent message of Toomey’s that he has been supportive of best interests of the people of Pennsylvania while questioning McGinty’s ties to the fracking industry.

  7. Jen says:

    Um…the Koch brothers aren’t “liberal” bogeymen, as you stated, they are conservatives backing Republican candidates. Kind of an embarrassing error to make at the beginning of an article.

  8. Chris Hedges says:

    Koch’s are licking their chops, an anti scientific republican, and a moderate female, corporate republican wearing a “D” on her lapel.

    Its win-win-win for the Koch bros, and lose lose lose for the rest of mankind

  9. Unsanctioned R says:

    Isaac, scientists who believe that theory also deny that their models have failed to predict the real world. They live in fantasy land and have resorted to threatening other scientists out of the business and corrupting data to feed their addiction to government money. Duh.

  10. Isaac L. says:

    Unsanctioned R – scientists are more confident in the anthropogenic climate change theory than they are that vitamins are good for you or that cigarettes cause cancer. Since we all know those are liberal conspiracy theories, it’s time to light up again. Smoke ’em if you got ’em, baby!

  11. Unsanctioned R says:

    Americans figured out that global warming is fearmongering antiscience. Maybe that’s why McGinty loves fracking?

  12. Tim says:

    The stated main interest of the Koch Brothers is the elimination of the Department of Environment Protection Agency. They are the poster boys for continuing to rape the environment to cause more global warming. Toomey ‘s voting record is always against the truth of Global Warming. Toomey will always put the interests of people like the Koch Brothers over Average Americans. Toomey is bought and paid for by the one percenters. If you are in the 1% I can see why you support Toomey. If you are not vote Toomey out of office. Give Average Americans a voice in the Senate. Vote Katie McGinty.

  13. tommyd says:

    This is the copy for McGinty’s TV ads.

  14. Unsanctioned R says:

    Democrats so corrupt even zealots like Micek get it.

    http://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2016/05/dear_democrats_enough_with_the.html

  15. Unsanctioned R says:

    Probably running posies for shale-lovin’ McGinty.

  16. gulagPittsburgh says:

    Toomey had to do what for the old boys $$$$$?

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  18. Same Old Same Old says:

    Toomey has made a masterful move here bringing in big money donors. He clearly learned a lesson from the Sestak race and will not be silenced because of a lack of funding. Koch brothers or not–the issue is Toomey is playing a smart game of politics and doing all he can to win by effective fund raising. Impressive.

  19. jmarshak says:

    Cue the Democrats who hate Toomey for his supposed coziness with Wall Street but have no issues whatsoever with Hillary’s documented coziness with Wall Street.

  20. Montco PA Dem says:

    Well of course they will. This real-life Randolph and Mortimer probably bet each other a dollar they can get Toomey reelected.

  21. Talkin Dauphin says:

    Great news for McGinty. Has the email gone out yet asking everyone for 5 bucks to beat back the Koch brothers….or was that sent before this was even announced?

  22. David Diano says:

    Billionaire running at top of GOP ticket and some billionaire brothers backing Toomey.

    Toomey is the billionaires preferred candidate.

  23. SpongeBob says:

    Anyone know a good defense attorney for child porn charges? I don’t have much money though.

  24. Observer says:

    So which candidate will they be backing? Katie is a lot cheaper to buy off, but Pat is more likely to win. It’s a tricky market for buying elected officials!

  25. Ross Anderson says:

    I have read a book on them and read up on them, and unfortunately they are ultimately in it for themselves and their benefit. Their denial of man-made global warming is the epitome of their self-interest given their involvement in Big Oil.

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