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Koch group launches new ads targeting vulnerable Senate Dems

A group backed by GOP mega-donors Charles and David Koch is launching new ads focused on the Republican tax law in two states where vulnerable Democratic senators are seeking reelection.

Americans for Prosperity (AFP) said it is spending nearly $4 million on digital and television ads in Missouri and Indiana, two states that President Trump won in 2016 where Sens. Claire McCaskill and Joe Donnelly , respectively, are facing reelection.

The 30-second ads against Donnelly and McCaskill feature residents of their states talking about how the tax law benefits them and how they were disappointed by the senators voting against the measure.

The ads, which will run for three weeks starting Thursday, are the second wave of spots AFP has released on the tax law in Missouri and Indiana. Trump carried both states by double digits in 2016 and the non-partisan Cook Political Report rates both Senate races as tossups.

The Koch network has committed to spending up to $20 million to promote the tax bill signed into law by Trump in December. Republicans are hoping that highlighting the tax law and the strong economy will help them in the midterm elections, which are typically challenging for the party that controls the White House.

“As Americans see the benefits of tax reform, they are rightly concerned to learn that some lawmakers, like Joe Donnelly and Claire McCaskill, voted against tax relief for individuals and families,” AFP president Tim Phillips said in a statement. “Where Senator McCaskill sees ‘scraps,’ a working mom sees money for groceries. Meanwhile, Senator Donnelly chose partisan politics over the opportunity to help workers and families in his state.”

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