Two Koch groups are starting a ‘seven-figure’ reserve fund to protect bill opponents from political harm.
The Koch brothers’ network of well-funded outside groups says it will spend millions to protect Republicans who oppose the party’s health care bill from political fallout.
Americans for Prosperity and Freedom Partners, the Koch network’s big budget grass-roots activism and advertising groups, are teaming up to create a “seven-figure” reserve fund to support lawmakers who buck President Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan on the health care vote, as the threat of primaries looms over some opponents of the bill. The Koch groups will spend the money on paid media, direct mail and grass-roots canvassing.
Freedom Partners called the GOP bill “Obamacare 2.0″ and said it falls short of truly repealing the 2010 law.
“Republicans have been promising to fully repeal Obamacare since it became law. This bill doesn’t do that,” said James Davis, executive vice president of Freedom Partners. “We will stand with lawmakers who keep their promise and oppose this legislation — and work toward a solution that reduces costs and provides Americans with the relief they need and deserve.”
The move provides political cover for members of the House Freedom Caucus and other conservatives who want to vote against the bill. Trump allies have threatened to try and unseat Republicans who vote against the president’s agenda, and Trump himself said he was “coming after” House Freedom Caucus chair Mark Meadows during a meeting on Tuesday.
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