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Kelly Ayotte Once Again Benefiting from Koch-Connected Dark Money

A dark money group announced an ad blitz benefiting the vulnerable GOP senators obstructing the constitutional process – including Senator Kelly Ayotte. Barely a week after Ayotte crowed about wanting to shut out dark money from the Granite State, this Washington special interest group will take over the New Hampshire airwaves to prop up a stalwart who will block a nominee and continue to protect the damaging legacy of Citizens United.

Here are the facts:

The conservative Judicial Crisis Network announced it will spend at least $1 million on radio, TV and digital advertising praising the Republican obstructionism that could leave the court vacant for an unprecedented amount of time. The group has focused on blocking Obama Supreme Court nominees and advocating policies pushed by conservative groups, like striking down the Affordable Care Act and supportingStand Your Ground and voter ID laws.

The Judicial Crisis Network receives funding from the Wellspring Committee – a group founded with the backing of Charles and David Koch.

Kelly Ayotte has accepted more than $50,000 in Koch cash, and voted with Koch-backed Americans for Prosperity nearly 90 percent of the time during her first four years in the Senate before she realized how out-of-touch she is with New Hampshire and began a desperate attempt to rewrite her record.

Ayotte has already benefited from more than $5 million in outside spending from GOP groups on TV, radio and digital ads to prop up her campaign and attack Governor Maggie Hassan.

Ayotte has opposed efforts to reverse the damaging Citizens United ruling and truly put a stop to dark money in politics.

“Here’s why she’s standing with obstructionists: Ayotte is too afraid to lose out on the Koch-connected dark money that’s propped up her Senate career,” said Lauren Passalacqua, DSCC National Press Secretary. “It is clear that Ayotte has no interest in responsible governance or in keeping outside groups out of her race, and New Hampshire deserves better.”

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