UPDATED A Koch brothers-funded super PAC, formed this year to direct more than $15 million to help free-market candidates in the midterm elections, is launching two TV ads against U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan.
The spots by Freedom Partners Action Fund is reportedly a six-figure buy and will run through the rest of the month on broadcast and cable.
The first ad features a longtime public school teacher and registered Democrat named Brenda Little, who says her hours as a substitute would be cut to three days a week “as a result of Kay Hagan’s vote for Obamacare.”
The other one features Ernie Morris, who describes himself as a disabled veteran, and who says Hagan hasn’t kept a campaign promise to reform the Veterans Administration.
In June, Politico reported that the super PAC is a spinoff of Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, which is part of the network financed by the billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch. Politico said the mid-term ad buys are part of a larger nearly $300 million campaign that is planned.
Update: Hagan spokesman Chris Hayden responded: "The Koch brothers are so desperate to cover up Speaker Tillis' disastrous education record that they are trying to blame Kay for his wrong budget priorities while completely ignoring Kay’s record of fighting for North Carolina’s veterans. ... No matter what the Koch brothers say, North Carolinians know that Speaker Tillis has devastated public education in our state while Kay has gotten real results for North Carolina's veterans."