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August 2, 2014

Americans for Prosperity Targets N.H. Senate Race (Video)

Americans for Prosperity Targets N.H. Senate Race (Video)

Shaheen is seeking re-election in New Hampshire. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Americans for Prosperity is scheduled to air a new ad Wednesday attacking Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., for supporting the president’s health care overhaul law.

In the spot, shared first with CQ Roll Call, a female narrator argues the law has put “your doctors and hospitals further out of reach.”

“What’s health insurance worth, if care isn’t there if you need it?” she asks.

 Shaheen faces a challenge from former Sen. Scott P. Brown, R-Mass., who now lives in New Hampshire. Brown’s nascent candidacy gives Republicans a shot to unseat Shaheen, who, until recently, had not drawn a competitive challenger.

AFP has put $457,000 behind the 30-second ad, which is scheduled to run for two weeks on New Hampshire broadcast stations WMUR and WBIN, as well as on cable. It will not run in the Boston media market.

This marks the second ad AFP has run targeting Shaheen in the Granite State. The group’s first ad, which aired in January, also focused on her support of the health care law.

 ”We know the Big Oil Koch Brothers are prepared to spend millions to buy Scott Brown our Senate seat. Here is more proof,” Shaheen campaign manager Mike Vlacich said in a statement on Tuesday, before the ad went up.
AFP’s New Hampshire spot refers to insurers in the state health care exchange removing certain hospitals and doctors from their networks to save money. There is only one insurer in New Hampshire’s exchange: Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, and they have removed 10 of the 26 hospitals in the state from their network, some of which serve large population centers.

AFP will also roll out ads in the Colorado, Michigan and Louisiana Senate races on Wednesday.

The race is rated Democrat Favored by the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

  • BillBuckley

    The Kochs won’t blow that much in New Hampshire, certainly not the fortune they’re blowing in North Carolina.

    • BruceMacMahon

      When in doubt, scream “Koch brothers!!!”.

      Also “Buuuusssh!!!!” and “RACIST!”

      • BillBuckley

        It’s in the article, fool.

  • View From The Left

    The people of New Hampshire are smart enough to recognize that out-of-state interests like the Koch Masters do NOT care about or represent NH, all they care about is buying the seat for their puppet, Scottie Brown, so they can continue to push their radical reich-wing agenda.

    • BruceMacMahon

      On what planet is Scott Brown a puppet of the radical right?

      Dude. Please.

      • View From The Left

        Voting to block Financial Reform until the banks if MA got a special deal is evidence of Scott being a puppet of the radical right.
        You’ve been schooled.

    • DontB_Afraid2Think

      Thank you for the View From The Morons

      • View From The Left

        And thank you for the douchebagger’s view from the assshole of a Tea Bagger.

        • DontB_Afraid2Think

          I didn’t give a view, so you are seeing things that are not there again.

        • Rick Caird

          Gosh, you are so analytical. How many years of schooling did it take to be able to produce such lofty arguments? /sarc

    • Rick Caird

      LOL, very deep and thoughtful analysis. By “radical reich-wing”, do you mean Robert Reich of Berkeley and former Clinton Labor Secretary who is proponent of Marxist economics?

      • View From The Left

        No, stupid, I mean the “Nazi-like” far-right fringe that is now called “The Republican Party”.
        Duh!
        You’re been schooled.

        • Rick Caird

          You lose. Look up Goodwin’s law.

    • bo ure

      Koch. Your mind is poisoned. You don’t seem to realize uttering the name “koch” means you are incapable of thinking for yourself. Reid said as much.

  • FreedomCzar

    Soros is the problem…not the Koch bros.

    • View From The Left

      You might think so if you used less brain power like the conservatives do.

      http://phys.org/news/2012-04-effort-opinions.html

      • FreedomCzar

        Keep on trying Alinskyite…keep on trying.

        • View From The Left

          Why try when I already won the argument. You’re just too stupid to realize it. But that’s not surprising, conservatives are more stupid and use less brain power than progressives. Here’s the research to prove it:

          http://phys.org/news/2012-04-effort-opinions.html

          • TexCassidy

            You haven’t made an argument dummy. I guess you’re too dumb to know that.

      • Rick Caird

        I got a kick out out of the story. They conducted the survey in bars backed up by breathalyser tests, And, it was published in a physics journal. I doubt it would be reproducible nor do I think anyone would even try to reproduce such nonsense. Only a lefty would reference such garbage.

        • View From The Left

          Of course you would think that, you’re a conservative and you use less brain power!

          • Rick Caird

            Ah, so you believe what you want to believe. How scientific of you.

          • Aaron1960

            Shut Up! he said. Those are the “facts” offered by today’s democrat-liberal-progressive…can’t make up their minds leftist-commies.

      • bo ure

        Every one of my liberal friends is positively idiotic regarding anything at all political. Impossible to discuss anything with hive-mind Borg-like brutal simplicity.

        • View From The Left

          Sounds like you need to think more, listen to your friends more and post less – this will help you to not look so ill-informed, ill-educated and ignorant about the issues of the day.

          Think more! As a conservative you use less brain power than liberals, that’s why you often come to the wrong conclusion and your friends, who are much smarter than you, seem more stupid than you: you’ve a conservative and they use less brain power.

          Here’s the proof: http://phys.org/news/2012-04-effort-opinions.html

          • Aaron1960

            Reason takes less brain power. Liberals are always changing their meanings when their current trend fails. No wonder you use so much energy on trying to keep your story straight. It’s amusing to watch: Democrat, liberal, no progressive, global cooling, no, global warming, no, climate change.

          • Sally

            Conservative, no Tea Party, no Patriots, no more guns, no less taxes, no, get rid of Medicaid, no get your hands OFF my Medicaid. We can play too.

    • Nicholas DeLuca

      How is Soros the problem and not the Koch Bros. ? They both are “expressing their free speech ” since the SCOUS has said money is speech. Are you suggesting Soros’s money (speech) is different than the Koch Bros. speech (money) ?

      • FreedomCzar

        If you know anything about Soros, and you obviously don’t, you wouldn’t make such an unintelligent comment. Read about Soros thoroughly see where he stands……

        • Nicholas DeLuca

          Freedomczar….. You did not answer the question. How is Soros money (speech) and different than Koch Bros. money (speech) ? Since we have freedom of speech why is Soros’s any different than the Koch Bros? You may not like what he has to say, but clearly he has the right to say it. Or, perhaps you would like to squelch his freedom of speech .

          • Aaron1960

            At least the Koch’s are American citizens and do most of their business here.

          • Nicholas DeLuca

            Aaron…Do your homework. Find out how much of the Koch Industries and related businesses are offshore operations ? Where do they keep their money ? You will be surprised. Also check on Soros’s citizenship.

          • Aaron1960

            Koch industries are gonna have overseas interests. Your point being? Soros is an enemy of American liberty, our Constitutional way of governance and he donates to the socialist democrats that call themselves democrats here in America. I vehemently disagree with what the democrat party has become.

          • Nicholas DeLuca

            Okay . Good luck with that.

          • FreedomCzar

            Good points….you can’t reason with liberals. They are hopelessly lost and too stupid to know it.

          • Sally

            It is amazing how you conservatives state the obvious…about yourselves.

          • FreedomCzar

            Thank you Sally. You proved my point.

          • I_Callahan

            I’ll answer it.
            Soros’ money aims to take peoples’ freedoms away; the Kochs aims to keep the freedoms we have, or maybe even reclaim some of the freedoms that had been already taken away.

          • Nicholas DeLuca

            Callahan…. Rather than repeat Tea Party propaganda you might want to look at the specifics.
            Specifically, which freedoms have you lost ?
            Specifically, which freedoms is Soros working to take away ?
            As I understand it, the laws of the land apply equally to all of us regardless of race, ethnicity, or national origin . On what basis— other your anger at the government and your hatred of Obama — would you deny Soros the same “freedoms” as the Koch Bros. enjoy ?

          • I_Callahan

            Money to anti-gun groups? Designed to stop me from having a legally owned gun.

            “America’s Voice” – designed to bring in more illegal immigrants, which makes it harder for Americans to have jobs.

            “Blueprint North Carolina” – designed to turn that state blue, which means higher taxes, and less of my own hard-earned money.

            “Democracy 21″ – founded to apply strict campaign finance laws, stopping me from giving amounts higher than some arbitrary amount, to candidates.

            “Defenders of Wildlife” – fights against oil drilling, rising gas prices for me, therefore curtailing how often I can travel.

            Shall I go on, Nicholas? Here is a link to the numerous groups that Soros funds that work to limit people’s freedom:

            http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/viewSubCategory.asp?id=1237

          • Nicholas DeLuca

            These are not “lost Freedoms or rights”. They are issues you disagree with. There is a difference. And with regard to NC. the far rights take over of the state has been problematic. Unless you are among the wealthy, your taxes are going up. Public school funding has been diminished. Vouchers for private schools undermine public education. Our average teacher pay is 48th. in the nation. Our public universities are drastically underfunded. Voter suppression actions the most draconian in the nation. State oversight of the environment eviscerated e.g. the Duke Power coal ash waste spillage disaster. Shall I go on.

          • richard40

            Everything in his list is an example where gov power has increased, and individual power in relation to gov has decreased. That means lost freedoms and liberty to me.

          • Sally

            Good heavens. No one is taking your stupid guns away…and we won’t shed a tear when someone in your family is ‘accidentally’ shot. Go to it.
            The Keystone is to bring tar sands sludge through our heartland to make the KOCHS and Boehner BILLIONS, while fouling a precious aquifer that is responsible for irrigation in 6 states. That sludge is to go to CHINA. We see none of it. We are simply the way to get it to a port large enough for a supertanker, which Canada does not have.
            Gas prices are NOT set by the President. They are set on the world market, which you should know.
            Campaign Finance laws are a good idea.
            I suppose the Kochs have NO plan to turn the country red? And your taxes are LOWER than in 50 years with a Democratic administration. Taxes fund many things for the common good.You want lower taxes? Let’s cut the military in half.

          • Jack Everett

            You airheads still don’t get it. Koch is 100% for making illegal immigrants citizens and can’t wait to get all that cheap slave labor poring across the border.

          • richard40

            Good point. That is enough to make Koch better than Soros in my mind. Of course since the dems want more gov and less liberty, they will see that as a reason to prefer Soros.

          • Sally

            Why is it that you can’t see the obvious? Reagan grew government threefold. Bush tripled the deficit. The GOP Congress does not want us to have healthcare. Now tell me how any of that is LESS government and more liberty?

          • richard40

            I agree that repubs should also do a better job of controlling spending, but obviously Obama and the dems are doing nothing to control spending now. As for not wanting to give us healthcare, good. I don’t want the gov “giving” me anything, because it will stink, and will cost far too much of my tax dollars, like obamacare does. I prefer to buy it over the free market.

          • Sally

            You really believe that load? Seriously? The Kochs want to take over this country. They are fouling our land (check out a picture of their tar sands sludge piles on the bank of the Detroit River, for one) and water and they are a huge part of ALEC, which writes laws like Stand Your Ground and the Personhood nonsense. How is that standing for anyone’s freedom? They also support NO minimum wage, no unions, no nothing for workers.

          • I_Callahan

            You really believe that load? Seriously? The Kochs want to take over this country.

            Yes, I do. And if you mean they want people to leave them alone (and let us all be individuals), then yes. How that means “taking over the country” in your world is beyond me.

            They are fouling our land (check out a picture of their tar sands sludge piles on the bank of the Detroit River, for one) and water
            And what oil project by the Detroit River are the Kochs attached to? Or did you just read this in some op-ed somewhere. Cite, please.

            and they are a huge part of ALEC, which writes laws like Stand Your Ground and the Personhood nonsense.
            Good. People ought to be able to protect themselves, which is what “Stand Your Ground” is. I shouldn’t have to run away if someone is chasing me. If you libs want to run with your tails between your legs, go right ahead. And I’d like proof from you that ALEC is behind the “personhood” stuff.

            They also support NO minimum wage
            In a free country, if I want to work for $2 an hour, I should have that right.
            no unions
            Wrong. No COMPULSORY unionism.
            no nothing for workers
            What nonsense. We’re talking about 2 guys who employ thousands of people. Those workers don’t get “nothing”.
            If you’re going to throw a lot of nonsense against the wall, you may want to make sure that some of it sticks. Because none of yours did.

          • Jack Everett

            You mean the Koch freedoms that continue to hurt and kill innocent workers through greed.

          • Jack Everett

            Want to get rid of vote buying just stop voting for the money instead of leadership.

          • Nicholas DeLuca

            I agree. Money is not speech. Both Soros’s and the Koch’s money is corrupting.

          • I_Callahan

            Right, because there are no rich leftists, like Soros, Tom Steyer, all of Hollywood, most of Wall Street.
            Jack – what planet do you live on?

        • richard40

          Soros supports Tides and Media Matters, that is enough to tell me what he stands for, leftist big gov.

        • Jack Everett

          Sounds like you need to update yourself on the Koch family.

    • richard40

      The only logically consistant position is neither are a problem (people exercising free speech), or both are a problem (get big money out of politics). Personally I think both have their right to spend their money as they please (even though I mostly agree with the koch brothers, and disagree with soros). But the dem position, of constantly harping on Koch, while ignoring Soros and that other big dem donor, is completely illogical and hipocrtical.

    • Jack Everett

      Soros is only a problem for Koch suckers.

      • FreedomCzar

        Thank you, Jack. Your intelligence is on full display.

  • jabney8

    Scott Brown is no better than any other liberal. BUT – sending a message to anyone that voted for Jughead Care would be nice.

    • richard40

      t leat Brown will probably vote to repeal obamacare, shaheen definitely wont.

      • http://marketsharescorp.com/ Nick10

        Affordable Care Act is underway. 13 million,

        • richard40

          Unfortunately yes. Of course whether those people actually like what they got stuck with is a different story.

          • Sally

            If they don’t like it, they can change it next year. Without worrying about what their employer says. Why do you not want people to have care? How Christian is that?

  • Yonatan YONATAN

    While this news might be of interest to many, the REAL news that’s not discussed lately, is the news about the more than two million unemployed workers, and their families, who have without their benefits since late December. These families have been treated terribly by the Republican party, and left hung out to dry, without any means of support. These Americans are not “Lazy”, or “unwilling” to seek employment. Most of them are “older workers” who worked for years paying into the system, in the hopes that help would be there for them, if they should need it. Unfortunately, after 26 weeks of benefits, they were abruptly shut off from that support. These workers have been seeking employment in one of the worse recessions in many years. Many companies are not willing to hire them, due to their age, and the higher insurance risk that might cost their bottom line. While the Republicans continue to play “party politics”, and continue using these workers as bargaining chips, and for political leverage, these families are facing evictions, home foreclosures, personal bankruptcy, and homelessness. This is REAL. These things are HAPPENING right now. The Republicans claim to be concerned about “budgetary issues” and “fiscal responsibility”, well at the same time supporting an aid package for the Ukraine worth BILLIONS of tax payer’s dollars. Why are they not “concern” or compassionate regarding their own people here in this country? Where’s their so called “family value system”? The Republicans have shown their contempt for the poor and disadvantaged in our country, and that they would win at any cost to make President Obama fail in the public’s eyes. This is their sole reason for being. Please SUPPORT these families. Call or write to your elected officials and demand that they ACT on behalf of these unemployed workers. DEMAND that they PASS the extension bill IMMEDIATELY in the senate.

    • Dwayne Jackson

      It’s hard to believe you are that STUPID. Your party line talking points are useless at this point.

      • Sally

        Stupid? Every word he wrote is true.

    • Pat Warden

      BULLSHIT!!!!!!

    • Marilyn Agan

      Unemployment is just that it is not ment to be an income for a long period of time.As long as it given to people there is no incentive to work. It is on the tax payers as always. Well when we run out of taxpayers than who will you blame?

      • Marilyn Agan

        The Senate has a dem majority. So why blame the other guys?

        • Sally

          The HOUSE has to put up a Jobs Bill, and Boehner refuses. I hope the bridges in your town don;t collapse first, because our infrastructure is in trouble, and the GOP could help, but they refuse. It IS the GOP’s fault.

    • Rick Caird

      If Discus still published down votes, you would probably be over 100 now. How do you know those people who lost unemployment benefits did not actually take jobs? How long do you think unemployment benefits should last? Forever?

  • Linda Marquis

    Just seeing the comments here proves to me that it’s time to change the state motto because the liberals have moved north and are bringing their kool aid with them. NH voted Obama and are now getting what they deserve! NH used to stsnd for self reliance and hard work. Not any more! Nowthey are no different from Mass. or NY. Change the motto to “live free on someone else’s dime”!!!!

    • I_Callahan

      Isn’t it funny how that happens? The same liberals who ruined their own states’ economies move to where the economy works, ruin theirs, and can’t figure out why.

      • Rick Caird

        That is the same reason Colorado is voting Democratic and why former self reliant states like New Mexico are reliably for “living off someone else”.

  • JanNH

    A couple of billionaires (who don’t LIVE in NH, who can’t VOTE in NH, and who inherited their money from Daddy Koch) flooding NH with a bunch of nasty, negative, bat crap political attack ads against a pleasant, moderate NH icon is going to backfire.

    We like retail politics here, not a zillion political ads on radio and television.

    • I_Callahan

      There has to be talking points. Every comment by a liberal on this article mentions the Kochs.

      • View From The Left

        That’s because virtually every commercial being run in NH, NC, WV, MT, LA and AR has been run by the Koch heads.

        • Rick Caird

          Of course, the illegal campaign coordination my Sheehan in NH and by candidates in other states via the “important announcement” technique will stay off your personal radar.

      • Rick Caird

        It is. The left decided they would go after the Kochs as a counter to Soros, academia, the NYT, and most of the mass media. The left loves to create moral equivalence where none exists.

      • http://marketsharescorp.com/ Nick10

        Not true.

    • Rick Caird

      Yeah, you need to keep Soros and Steyer out of NH. Oh wait, they are already there.

      • View From The Left

        Cite please! Where are the ads from George Soros and Tom Steyer because there sure have been plenty of ads from Americans for Prosperity, the Koch Heads founded and funded PAC.

        • Rick Caird

          Media Matters, ThinkProgress.

        • http://marketsharescorp.com/ Nick10

          Good. Try to keep them out.

      • http://marketsharescorp.com/ Nick10

        And you need to keep the Koch brothers out of NH. They are the ones to keep them out.

    • http://centernewsnetwork.com/ centernewsnetwork.com

      Bush did it. Koch Brothers did it..

    • richard40

      And Koch money is so much worse than Soros and Tom Steyer money. Please stop the idotic hipocracy.

      • View From The Left

        It’s not so much worse, it’s so much more. Do you have any idea how much Americans for Prosperity (the Koch Brothers founded and funded PAC has spent so far this cycle compared to George Soros and Tom Steyer? MILLIONS!

        • richard40

          Steyer and Soros have spent millions as well. And Soros has done so far longer than the Koch brothers. Do you hypocrites really oppose big money in politics, or only oppose big money that does not support you.

  • Matt D.

    Where coercion is necessary, the rule of law helps minimize coercion’s negative consequences by defining lawful government actions.

  • BruceMacMahon

    “Shaheen faces a challenge from former Sen. Scott P. Brown, R-Mass., who now lives in New Hampshire.”

    Um…last I checked, we still had a Republican primary to go through. Did I sleep through that?

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  • savannah1234567890

    Shaheen has worked non-stop to reduce and eliminate doctors and hospitals because she said she wants “to force single payer”.

    • WilliamK

      This make no sense. First, there is no such thing as single payer. Second, how does eliminating doctors and hospitals lead to more government HC. It blows the how thing up in their smug haavaad faces, to reduce availability of services — see medicaid.

      • richard40

        Its not a crazy as you think. I have seen many videos from leftists who have explicitly stated that obamacare is a stalking horse for single payer The idea is most amercans did not want single payer (basic another name for british style socialized medicine), but if the existing private medical system is puposely made sufficietly disfunctional (as obmacare is now doing), then they will see single payer as the only alternative left.

        • Sally

          You know, the ACA is taken from a Heritage Foundation plan that included single payer. It is cheaper, will work, and was popular among the GOP until Obama liked it. Then the Grover Norquist seditionists remembered they were no allowed to support ANYTHING the President did, and they prayed the ACA would flop. It hasn’t. It won’t.

    • View From The Left

      Cite please where Jeanne Shaheen said she wants “to force a single payer” system or else you are a LIAR.

    • http://marketsharescorp.com/ Nick10

      Total nonsense.

  • Kehvan

    Democrats are Soros-losers with a Koch addiction

    • richard40

      They constantly decry Koch big money in politics, but somehow you never hear them mention Soros or Tom Steyer, what hipocrites. Of course the big problem is some people will beleive this hipocritical idiocy.

      • View From The Left

        No one is going to believe the garbage you are spewing with all the grammar and spelling mistakes in your post. What are you, 5 years old?

        • richard40

          And everybody will believe you are a troll.

  • Oscar’s Wilde

    The seductive nature of our latent instincts is exploited relentlessly by those who oppose liberty and understand the power of the instincts and emotions to which they appeal.

  • http://marketsharescorp.com/ Nick10

    The evil Koch brothers are at it again. This time in New Hampshire with $457,000 ads for TV. Voters you know what to do. When the ad begins to run switch to another channel. Keep the evil Koch brothers out of New Hampshire. They don’t belong in New Hampshire. And on election day NH voters should vote against a candidate who depends on the Koch brothers. They are the evil last ones who belong in New Hampshire. Don’t forget to vote. Save New Hampshire.

    • richard40

      And of course there is nothing wrong at all with the money spent by Soros, Steyer, the unions, and other leftist big money power brokers. Do you hipocrites really oppose money in politics, or do you only oppose money that does not support you.

      • http://marketsharescorp.com/ Nick10

        The only trouble with Soros is that they don’t appear in the New Hampshire Roll Call story above. However they do appear only in comments above – here and below.

        • richard40

          Of course they don’t, since the story is recounting what Shaheen says.. A hypocrite like Shaheen is never going to mention the money and support she gets from Soros and Steyer while she demagogues on Koch, and the leftist press will not mention it either. That is why our comments are needed to provide balance, and reveal the truth.

  • Jack Everett

    This article should have been titled Americans against prosperity.

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