McGinty is playing defense and addressing an ad that is being ran by Freedom Partners Action Fund, a free-market Super PAC started by the Koch Brothers. The new TV spot asserts that McGinty helped to subsidize millions to favored companies and groups during her time as Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.
“Katie McGinty steered millions of dollars in subsidies to favored companies, and then took a six-figure job on the board of one of those companies as soon as she left office,” Freedom Partners Action Fund Spokesman Bill Riggs. “She put her own self-interests before taxpayers and got ahead at Pennsylvania’s expense. Hardworking taxpayers deserve a senator who will take on special interests, not someone who knows how to rig the system for their own personal gain.”
McGinty’s campaign responded with a press release, claiming that the commercial was false.
“The Koch Brothers are desperate to prop up Pat Toomey and distract from his record of fighting for Wall Street special interests,” said Sabrina Singh, Communications Director. “The reality is Pat Toomey and the Koch Brothers are responsible for this loss of Pennsylvania jobs because they fought against tax credits that would have allowed a company to stay competitive. Toomey – the best Senator Wall Street and the Koch Brothers ever had – is going to need all the help he can get to hide his abysmal record of putting his special interest allies ahead of Pennsylvania’s middle class families.”
Her campaign goes on to cite articles that explains the factory was shut down due to an expiration of the the wind energy tax credit, which “Toomey and his special interest allies the Koch brothers and Club for Growth led to kill”.
McGinty’s campaign goes even further and attacks Toomey again, claiming that he has a “long record of profiting from millions in contributions from the special interests he worked for and votes to protect.”
In the press release, McGinty’s campaign also attacks Toomey’s voting record in Congress, claiming he has voted in line with the Koch brothers 100 percent of the time.
The total ad buy cost Freedom Partners Action Fund $3 million.