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DSCC To Launch Major New Campaign: GOP Is “Addicted To Koch!”

DSCC To Launch Major New Campaign: GOP Is “Addicted To Koch!”

Will Hold Republican Senate Candidates Accountable For Support Of Koch’s Harmful Agenda


The Koch Brothers have already spent $30 million this year savaging Democratic Senate candidates in an effort buy a U.S. Senate that is good for their family and bad for just about every other family in America.  Now the DSCC is launching a campaign to hold Republican Senate candidates accountable for the Koch’s harmful agenda and actions. The DSCC’s sustained campaign will feature web ads, online ads, Twitter and Facebook, and up to the minute “Addicted To Koch!” news alerts, highlighting the latest examples of how Republican Senate candidates are being held accountable for the Kochs’ harmful agenda.

“The ‘Addicted To Koch” campaign will hold Republican Senate candidates accountable for the millions of dollars they are receiving from the Kochs in exchange for their support of a reckless and irresponsible agenda that hurts America’s middle class,” said Justin Barasky, a spokesman at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. “In states across the country, Republican senate candidates are pushing policies that are good for the Kochs and bad for the middle class. Even though they are benefiting from their millions in attack ads, Republican candidates in many states are also dodging any association with the reprehensible actions of the Kochs. Republicans will pay a price in 2014 for their unshakable allegiance to the Koch Brothers.”

***Our first “Addicted To Koch” alert is below, highlighting Dan Sullivan and Mead Treadwell’s ties to the Koch Brothers and their firing of 80 Alaskan refinery workers.  Now the Kochs are trying to avoid responsibility for cleaning up contaminated water, forcing Alaska taxpayers to shoulder the costs. Meanwhile, Sullivan and Treadwell are silent on the issue, refusing to criticize their chief benefactors.***



Dan Sullivan & Mead Treadwell Refuse To Criticize Koch Brothers’ Attempt To Escape All Liability For Cleanup Costs At Alaska Refinery

Kochs Recently Closed Fairbanks Refinery & Fired 80 Alaska Workers, Citing “Excessive Costs”

Since August, Koch Funded AFP Has Spent $30 Million On Political Attack Ads, Including More Than $640,000 In Alaska To Prop Up Dan Sullivan & Mead Treadwell

Dan Sullivan and Mead Treadwell are refusing to criticize the billionaire Koch Brothers after they closed a plant in Alaska, fired 80 Alaskan workers, and then attempted toescape all liability for cleanup costs of groundwater contamination that the refinery is responsible for.

The Kochs cited “excessive costs” as the reason for closing the refinery, but are spending millions every month, including more than $640,000 in Alaska on political attack ads to boost Sullivan and Treadwell. Yet they want us to believe the taxpayers should foot the bill to clean up the mess they left behind.

And Sullivan and Treadwell remain silent because they want to go to Washington to push the Kochs’ reckless and irresponsible agenda that includes ending Social Security and Medicare as we know it, eliminating student loans, stopping the renewal of unemployment benefits, fighting against raising the minimum wage, and pushing our country to the brink of default in order to pay for bigger tax breaks for the wealthy and big corporations.

“Dan Sullivan and Mead Treadwell’s refusal to criticize the Koch Brothers' actions prove that they could care less about the Alaskans the Kochs fired or the families they hurt, and the fact that Sullivan and Treadwell’s silence comes while willfully accepting the Koch’s limitless campaign cash is a slap in the face to all Alaskans, ” said Justin Barasky, a spokesman at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. “Alaskans deserve a leader in the U.S. Senate that puts their interests first, not Koch Brothers allies like Dan Sullivan and Mead Treadwell that will advance the reckless and irresponsible agenda of billionaires who fire Alaskans because of ‘excessive costs,’ then attempt to cut and run on the cleanup costs while dropping millions on political attack ads every month.”

Koch Brothers ads in Alaska have been roundly criticized by independent fact checkers like who called a recent attack “not true” and Politifact who deemed the Koch Brothers’ latest Alaska carbon tax ad “false.”

Last year the Koch's credibility took a major hit when the New York Times reported that Americans for Prosperity was caught using a Maryland actress to claim that Mark Begich had lost touch with Alaska.