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February 11, 2016

Freedom Partners Dives Into North Carolina Senate Race

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Kay Hagan will seek re-election in North Carolina. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call Photo)

Freedom Partners, a group affiliated with the Koch Brothers, has purchased at least $2.8 million in airtime in North Carolina to boost the GOP’s bid to pick up the state’s Senate seat, two sources told CQ Roll Call.

The airtime will benefit state Speaker Thom Tillis, who faces Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., in a competitive race that could determine which party holds the Senate next year. 

The ad buy is for Aug. 6 through Sept. 2. The group has bought airtime on broadcast and cable in Charlotte and Raleigh, and on cable in Greenville-New Bern and Wilmington, according to a GOP source. A Democratic source also spotted additional broadcast buys in Greenville-New Bern, Wilmington, and Greensboro, plus cable time in Greensboro, bringing the total reservation to $3.4 million.

Freedom Partners also made sizable ad buys for later this year in the Oregon, New Hampshire, and Louisiana Senate races in the past week.

Tillis’ fundraising was lackluster in the most recent fundraising quarter, bringing in $1.6 million — less than half of Hagan’s $3.6 million haul.

The advertisements are issue ads, according to purchase notices posted on the Sunlight Foundation’s Political Ad Sleuth. 

The Hagan campaign announced Tuesday that it had purchased $4.4 million in airtime for the final four weeks before election day on Nov. 4.

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

  • Gregory Williams

    Pope must have sold his ownership of Tillis to the Kochs and they intend to through Tillis own another US Senate seat come January – now that they have moved so heavily into this race it will motivate in state democrats to restore democratic control over NC politics at the federal level and in two years the people will get control over their state government and restore freedom and democracy in that state and another Teatopian dictatorship will fall.

  • Wndsong

    Their Board reads like the who’s who of Koch industries . all but two are former Koch execs,

    Snicker, the Freedom Partner director Wayne Gable previously served as a managing director of international government affairs at Koch Industries, Inc

    Kevin Gentry serves as vice president for special projects – development, at Koch Companies Public Sector, LLC

    Dr. Richard Fink is an executive vice president and member of the board of directors of Koch Industries, Inc. Additionally, Rich is chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Koch Companies Public Sector, LLC

    However, their President is the direct connect to the GOP Marc Short is President of Freedom Partners. Previously, Marc served as chief of staff for the House Republican Conference, chaired by Congressman Mike Pence (R-IN) and for Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX)

    Truth is the Koch’s and Halliburton have partnered to grab the The high-grade monazite placer Deposits in th Catawba Valley. it is the biggest Deposit of Rare Earth Elements within the US, about a Trillion dollars worth. The Stuff is great for making Electric Car batteries and electronic components

    You might as well call Freedom Partners a branch office of Koch Industries LOL!!

    ” Long Live the America Oligarchy,’In the Rockets red glare, may her Corporate banner yet wave”

  • GChem 68

    Since our mind’s advance is part of civilization’s advance, it is civilization’s condition that mostly determines our available choices.

  • RaymondSims

    Don’t want either, one day “Alfred E. Newman” will have his day, hell just vote for me , I’ll set you free!

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