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February 13, 2016

Super PAC Ties GOP Challenger to Koch Brothers

Rahall faces a competitive race for a 20th term (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Majority PAC, a super PAC that aims to elect House Democrats, has a new ad tying a GOP challenger in West Virginia to conservative businessmen David and Charles Koch.

The ad hits state Sen. Evan Jenkins, who is running against Rep. Nick J. Rahall II, D-W.V., in one of this cycle’s most competitive House races.

But Jenkins only makes a cameo in the super PAC’s ad. Images of the brothers — who spend heavily in politics — are featured in the spot for 26 seconds in the 30-second spot.

“The Koch brothers wouldn’t be billionaires, if they didn’t get what they paid for,” a narrator said of Jenkins. “In Washington, Evan Jenkins won’t work for us.”

An HMP news release stated the group had $70,000 in the Charleston-Huntington and Bluefield-Beckley markets behind the spot. This is an inexpensive media market, but the ad wars between the two camps and their outside group allies is growing increasingly bitter and pricey.

The race is rated Tossup by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

  • Traid Domon

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  • akcita

    Was there a fact beyond a PAC making a connection in an AD that isn’t clearly supported? Journalism is dead…

  • voltaic

    WVA may be tired of GOP Koch Bros. type business, especially after hundreds of thousands suffered were affected by contaminated water from unkept toxic chemical tanks that leaked directly into the Elk River. People like the Koch Bros. put profits ahead of people and are willing to destroy the environment and the heath of people to achieve those profits.

  • Iwojo

    is it weakness or being respectful that Soros, Buffet, or the Facebook idiot are not called out for their financial support by the RNC ?? Besides, the extra garbage these clowns support and initiate is a heck of a lot more disruptive to humanity than the Koch brothers have ever been involved with.

  • drthomasedavis

    Thank God for citizens like the Koch Brothers willing to support American ideals rather than socialism.

  • Gene McManus

    They support fascism.

  • Gene McManus


    Unfounded opinions.

  • Iwojo

    is your reply based on your opinion ??? If so, I respectfully disagree with yours

  • Michael Wilde

    Exactly what American ideals are you talking about? How about losing our Democracy and becoming an Oligarchy (see “Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups and Average Citizens,”). Is that what you have in mind as an American ideal? Our government has been purchased. You have lost your say in how our country is run. You believe in propaganda that supports your narrow view of what being an American is. I am willing to guess that your sole source for news is FOX News. I do not consider you a patriot. You are a nationalist.

  • Gene McManus


    I expressed no opinion. I merely pointed out that you did not demonstrate any basis for your opinion.

    You may hold any opinion you wish, but you may not put them forward as facts.


  • semby

    one name, Tom Steyer; demonizing other Americans is un-American; Harry Reid is a loser.

  • left wing

    the insane left wing police state lover has spoken, do as you are told and only think what is allowed by the left’s master.

  • left wing

    no, and your lies do not make it so.

  • left wing

    nice lies, do you every have an “idea” that is not a dnc script to post?

  • left wing

    poor insane left wetting their panties every time someone says “Koch”. terrified that the democratic voter fraud will not keep them safe in November.

  • Michael Wilde

    Damn. You nailed it. You found me out. Sure can’t get anything by you can I?

  • oaklanddog
  • oaklanddog

    Are you talking about the Koch brothers: read on my uneducated friend:

  • Scoop Jaxson

    If we are to be free, our rewards must be determined by the usefulness of our abilities rather than subjective merit judgments by others.

  • LastSonOfGallifrey

    What about George Soros? At least the Koch brothers were BORN in this country.

  • Diana Bair

    When you LOSE your benefits you paid for ALL your working live….social security/medicare……..then you can thank the KOCH BROTHERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

  • Diana Bair


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