Reader’s view: Don’t buy into Koch ads attacking NolanThe first barrage of the 2014 election war has been fired.
The first barrage of the 2014 election war has been fired. From North Branch, Minn., the campaign base for the Chip Cravaack campaigns and for which the notorious Koch brothers’ front “Americans for Prosperity” paid a half-million dollars, comes the repeated television ads against Rep. Rick Nolan, the moderate Democrat who defeated Cravaack, just because he opposed the Tea Party House Republicans’ 41 bills to repeal the Affordable Care Act in its anti-government battle, using the shutdown as a weapon.
This television ad barrage was cleverly timed to use the frustration of people trying to enroll in the ACA through its national website despite the computer glitch, as well as the media-hyped accusation that President Barack Obama lied in assuring people, the vast majority of whom had qualifying insurance, that they could keep it, without adding that the inadequate policies sold to a small fraction would no longer be available. The television ad barrage claims thousands of Minnesotans lost insurance. That can’t be true. Obama already had announced they could choose to keep their inadequate insurance.
Corporate super-PAC money will escalate the 2014 warfare, but a fact-based public can prevent it from buying another election.