Koch Network Announces Layoffs, New Firm, And Upcoming Policy Battles
As part of a post-election merger, the network will lay off about 80 staffers and start a new communications firm. It's also gearing up for policy battles on the state level and looking at which Senate races it will be active in during the 2018 midterm elections.
Big Money Republicans Reluctant To Go All In On Trump
“The guy kept saying 'I don’t need your money,' now he’s asking for their money,” a GOP strategist said. “He kept pissing all over the idea of a donor class ... Trump kept making slights about how he’s not owned or controlled by these people.” Now he wants their money.
Koch Network Reorganizes "Intelligence Unit," Starts Dozen Layoffs
The Koch network has laid off about a dozen staffers working on its intelligence gathering unit, BuzzFeed News has learned. The layoffs are part of a restructuring that will further integrate the unit under Freedom Partners — the umbrella group that overseas the Koch brothers' political and policy work.
The Liberal Response To The Koch Brother-Funded Latino Group Is Coming
Some of the biggest names in Democratic organizing, research, and activism have been meeting in private to determine how to combat the LIBRE Initiative, the conservative group that's targeting Latinos. BuzzFeed News has the first look.
Conservative Groups Use Aurora Shooting Photo In Attack Ads ... Again
Americans For Prosperity apologized for using a photo of the president mourning Aurora shooting victims in a negative political ad in April. A similar group used the same photo in a new Colorado attack ad this week. Update: the photo is being removed from the TV ad.
Conservative Group Also Tweeted Aurora Shooting Photo Featuring Obama In 2013
Americans for Prosperity Colorado, a conservative group, used the same image of Obama and Sen. Mark Udall after a shooting in a tweet last year. Update: AFP deleted the tweets, but did not respond to a request for comment about them.
Photo Of Obama In Conservative Attack Ad Is Photoshopped From Hospital Trip After Aurora Shooting
Conservative group Americans For Prosperity cut out the hospital and the governor of Colorado to show President Obama and Democratic Sen. Mark Udall looking sad together for a negative campaign ad. Update: AFP called the image "unfortunate."