A youth advocacy organization created and funded by the Koch brothers is buying an online commercial portraying Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan as out of touch with young people.
Why the criticism? Because of Hagan’s vote last year that would allow states to make large online retailers pay sales tax on goods. Republican Sen. Richard Burr also voted for it. There has been talk that the bill could be resurrected in the House but it has been dormant since clearing the Senate.
“Senator Kay Hagan’s previous vote in favor of the internet sales tax and continued support clearly shows her strong interest in pandering to special interest groups instead of supporting young entrepreneurs in North Carolina,” North Carolina director Alex Johnson says in a news release.
The ad features a series of middle-aged and older people utterly befuddled by their computers. “Congress doesn’t understand the internet but Sen. Kay Hagan decided to tax it anyway,” the young narrator says.
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The ad will run online throughout the state over the next month, according to GenOpp. In June, Generation Opportunity kicked off an $800,000 campaign to mobilize young voters against Hagan.
GenOpp declined to say how much it’s spending on the campaign, but indicated it is in addition to the $800,000 spent earlier.
The group says it is nonpartisan and issue- not candidate-oriented. It has also taken out ads criticizing the federal health-care law. Its message is less government means more economic opportunities for youth.
GenOpp says it has been working in North Carolina the past two years and has three fulltime staffers here.