AFP Launches Seven-Figure Buy in Pennsylvania

The ad targets Democratic Senate candidate Katie McGinty.

Katie McGinty addresses a reporter's question after casting her vote Tuesday, April 26, 2016, in Wayne, Pa. Former Congressman Joe Sestak looks to hold off McGinty, the party-endorsed candidate, and win the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate, setting up a rematch with the Republican incumbent Pat Toomey.
AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma
Sept. 13, 2016, 9:30 a.m.

Americans for Prosperity is launching a seven-figure TV ad attacking Sen. Pat Toomey’s Democratic challenger on one of the Koch brothers-backed group’s pet issues: government cronyism.

The new ad accuses Senate hopeful Katie McGinty, who previously served as head of Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection, of luring green-energy companies to Pennsylvania, then cashing in as a board member for one of the companies after leaving office. It is scheduled to begin running Wednesday in six media markets on TV, along with a digital component.

“To win at life, you work hard and follow the rules,” a narrator says over images of a board game. “Not Katie McGinty.”

It goes on to accuse McGinty of giving tax dollars to a few big corporations that failed and didn’t create the jobs they’d promised. In a reference to McGinty’s role as board member for Iberdrola advisor to Plextronics, it says taxpayers “got stuck paying the bill,” while McGinty got “high-paying jobs that made her rich.”

AFP joins a handful of other GOP-aligned groups, including the National Republican Senatorial Committee, in seeking to paint McGinty as a corrupt politician. The NRSC launched an ad earlier this week attacking McGinty for directing money to two organizations where her husband worked.

Democrats likewise have been hammering Toomey, a former president of the conservative Club for Growth, as in the pocket of Wall Street, pointing to a book he wrote outlining his plans to reform Social Security.

Koch groups have already spent more than $5 million opposing McGinty, and APF has 15 paid staff on the ground in Pennsylvania doing door-knocking and phone bank efforts.

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