Fighting for Big Oil--AFPs New Summer Campaign

Politico reports this morning that Americans for Prosperity Foundation (AFP), an organization founded and funded by the owners of energy giant Koch Industries, will begin a new campaign to blame President Obama for rising gas prices.

Americans for Prosperity's political arm, Koch Industries, and its billionaire owners spent millions of dollars to influence the 2010 elections according to Public Campaign Action Fund analysis of data from the Center for Responsive Politics.

Key facts:

  • Americans for Prosperity spent $1.3 million on electioneering communications in the 2010 cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
  • In the 2010 cycle, the Koch Industries PAC gave $1.3 million to Congressional candidates with 90 percent going to Republicans.
  • The Koch Industries PAC has handed out $300,500 in contributions to federal candidates and political committees so far in 2011, according to filings with the Federal Election Commission.
  • The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) received $45,000 from Koch Industries PAC in the 2010 cycle, falling only second to Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s (R) re-election campaign.
  • Charles Koch donated at least $107,900 to federal candidates and committees in the 2010 cycle (not including his donations to the Koch PAC). Top recipients included the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) with $30,400 in donations and the National Republican Congressional Committee ($24,500).
  • David Koch spent at least $99,291 on campaign contributions to federal candidates and committees in the 2010 cycle (not including his donations to the Koch PAC), with the NRSC receiving $34,900 and the NRCC receiving $25,000.

The campaign will launch rallies and media campaigns in a series of states, according to the article. Will the members of Congress that received or benefitted from this money in 2010 be involved with these rallies—and will they disclose the help they received from them in their last election?

Here is the list of Koch PAC recipients and beneficiaries of AFP's outside spending.