Just as the conservative group Americans For Prosperity (AFP) unleashed a string of attack ads on Sen. Mary Landrieu for her support of Obamacare and her so-called “clout” as Senate Energy Chairwoman, the Times Picayune/NOLA.com is running to the vulnerable democrats’ side.
In an article, the Times Picayune does not focus on the message of the AFP attack ads, (both be seen here) but rather the fact that the Koch Brothers, liberals’ favorite punching bag, were behind them.
The conservative group doesn’t reveal its financial donors, but is known to rely heavily on the billionaire Koch brothers to finance its political ads — all of which seem aimed at producing a Republican-controlled Senate.
By one count, the conservative, free market Americans for Prosperity has spent close to $4 million in ads attacking Landrieu — spending more money than the Senate candidates themselves. National Journal, which got an early look at the ads, said Americans for Prosperity has budgeted $94,000 for the two anti-Landrieu ads on TV and online over the next three weeks.
And later on, the Times Picayune report attempts to discredit the ads by saying that AFP “would not identify the people appearing in the ads, or make them available for interviews.” Then, to add to the oh-so-obvious bias, it quotes Landrieu’s campaign manager which mainly focuses on the Koch Brothers.
“What we’ve seen today is a despicable new low on behalf of the shady group Americans for Prosperity, but unfortunately these kind of misleading attacks have become par for the course from the Koch brothers,” said Adam Sullivan, campaign manager for the Landrieu campaign. “Senator Landrieu has always been an advocate for the oil and gas industry and has done everything possible to support our veterans and military families. She’s been a leader in opposing the Obama Administration’s new EPA regulations announced last month and was one of the first Democrats in Congress to call for Secretary Shinseki’s resignation after the problems at the VA were brought to light earlier this year.”
Mary Landrieu an “advocate” for the oil and gas industry?
As we just reported, Landrieu has failed to advance pieces of legislation through her Senate Energy Committee which would expand offshore drilling in Louisiana. Also, while Landrieu has called for the resignation of Shinseki at the Veterans Affairs Department, that is about all she has done when it comes to the VA scandal.