Doubling down on their strategy of attacking the Koch brothers, Democrats are launching a new campaign to tie Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget to the billionaire conservative donors Charles and David Koch.
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee alleges that the “Koch Budget,” as the campaign arm of Senate Democrats is calling it, will hurt the middle class while helping rich people like the Kochs. The DSCC vows to go after not just the budget, which was released Tuesday, but also Republicans who support a plan “bought and paid for by their billionaire backers.”
The DSCC’s new campaign will provide “highly localized data” to voters and the media on the impact of House GOP’s new budget, with a focus on women, seniors, students, and middle-class families.
“The GOP’s ‘Koch Budget’ helps special-interest billionaires while hurting middle-class families, and Republican Senate candidates up and down the map will pay a price for putting the Koch Brothers’ best interests ahead of their states,” said Justin Barasky, a spokesman for the DSCC.
The Koch-backed group Americans for Prosperity has already spent more than $30 million boosting Republicans and attacking Democrats in this year’s heated Senate midterm elections.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid earlier Tuesday called the Ryan budget a “blueprint” for a “Koch-topia.” “We might as well call it the Koch Budget,” he said.
Democrats, led by Reid, have lately gone all in on attacking the conservative industrialists, with television ads, websites, press releases, and social-media barrages. The strategy has been controversial, even among some Democrats, as a recent National Journal poll of political insiders found. But Democrats who support the approach think the Koch focus will help them draw a contrast with Republicans and energize Democratic voters, who tend to turn out in lower numbers in nonpresidential elections.
It’s not the first time Democrats have used Ryan’s budget as a punching bag. Ryan’s budget was a centerpiece of the 2010 campaign, which Democrats lost handily, and came up again in 2012, when Mitt Romney selected the House Budget Committee chairman as his running mate.
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