A Koch brothers-backed conservative group is launching a $2.5 million ad campaign aimed at Senate Democrats who supported the Affordable Care Act and face reelection challenges this year.
Starting tomorrow, Americans for Prosperity is running a three-week advertising blitz against Sens. Kay Hagan of North Carolina, Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, and Mary Landrieu of Louisiana. Hagan and Landrieu have both faced the criticism of Americans for Prosperity in previous media buys. The organization has spent more than $4 million in North Carolina and more than $2 million in Louisiana on the senators.
In a press release Americans for Prosperity cited President Obama's "If you like your plan, you can keep it" promise that he failed to make good on after insurance companies began sending cancellation notices to consumers who had coverage that did not comply with the health law's new requirements.
"We're putting pressure on senators who repeated that lie and doubled down on Obamacare even as it became obvious that the law was hurting millions of Americans," said AFP President Tim Phillips in the release.
Hagan and Landrieu are both running in states that favored Republican challenger Mitt Romney over President Obama in the 2012 presidential election. Romney won North Carolina with 50.6 percent of the state's vote to 48.4 percent for Obama. In Louisiana, Romney won in a landslide, winning 57.8 percent to 40.6 percent for Obama.
New Hampshire went for Obama in 2012, but in 2010 the state's residents elected Sen. Kelly Ayotte, a Republican and staunch opponent of Obamacare.
"These senators are in the states that are among the most opposed to Obamacare," Phillips said. "They went the furthest away from the wishes of their states."
Among the successful outcomes Phillips hopes will come from the ad campaign is the commitment by the three senators to make changes to and eventually repeal the president's health law.
"Politicians will do anything when they're frightened for their positions," Phillips said. "They've already taken steps to distance themselves from the law."
Last fall, Landrieu introduced legislation to let Americans with health insurance policies that did not comply with the law's coverage requirements keep them. After HealthCare.gov's troubled rollout, Shaheen proposed a two-month extension of the open-enrollment period. Hagan circulated a letter asking for an in-depth investigation into the website's cost and development. She was also a supporter of Landrieu's bill.