AFP spends $1.4 million to re-run ad slamming Hagan

Posted February 4, 2014

U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan speaks about the extension of federal unemployment benfits on Jan. 6, 2014, at the Sanford Federal Building in Raleigh.

— Americans for Prosperity is re-running an ad that claims "Obamacare doesn't work" and slams U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan for her support of the law.

Hagan, a Democrat, is running for re-election this year.

AFP, a conservative group, is part of a network of groups funded in part by the Koch brothers, a pair of oil industry magnates. Its North Carolina ties extend to Art Pope, who used to sit on the group's national board but now serves at Gov. Pat McCrory's budget director. 

In a news release Tuesday, AFP said will spend $1.4 million to re-air the "It's about people" ad, in which an actress addresses the camera head-on for most of the 30-second spot. A WRAL News Fact Check of the ad found that it lacked important context

AFP says its ads are not technically campaign ads, but political scientists and election observers say they almost certainly are aimed at impacting a race that could be pivotal in determining the partisan control of the U.S. Senate. The group says this latest ad buy adds to $5.1 million it has already spent in North Carolina since late last year. 


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  • bluecharger Feb 7, 2014

    Does anyone ever change their mind about ANYthing because of a political ad? And with netflix, hulu, amazon, dvr, who even WATCHES commercials anymore?

  • Rebelyell55 Feb 7, 2014

    Wow, 1.4 million? I bet the local TV stations love those people.

  • ALECarolina Feb 7, 2014

    If their is any justice in this world, all those who vote against themselves because Americans WITH Prosperity told 'em to should all live to be at least 120 years old......still waiting for that "trickle down" that ain't coming.

    If ONLY......

  • ecu4me2 Feb 6, 2014

    Just think of all the money the aca is going to cost America in jobs, increased cost of insurance, paid adds, navigators, and lost jobs.....Kay Hagan didn't do her home work and needs to be slammed on this issue.

  • humm61 Feb 6, 2014

    Americans for Prosperity...right. Prosperity for the 1%. Nothing for everyone else. Who needs health care or insurance anyway?

  • proudgrandmomma Feb 6, 2014

    I like the lady in those commercials. She thinks obamacare is bad then she has the freedom to say so/warn us about it. Ever heard of the 1st amendment? Sheesh!

  • ILoveDowntownRaleigh Feb 6, 2014

    "I think we have already decided that..." - aperson

    Who is WE? Take responsibility for your own posts. WE will speak for ourselves.

  • ILoveDowntownRaleigh Feb 6, 2014

    "Think of all the people that could have been fed clothed housed on the money that the AFP has just wasted." - razor2

    "I suppose you could make some very good points about the money wasted for the ACA..." - dmiller06

    And of course, let's NEVER EVER forget about that Republican-led Government Shutdown, either!

  • dmiller6 Feb 6, 2014

    View quoted thread

    I suppose you could make some very good points about the money wasted for the ACA, impact to jobs, etc.

  • A person Feb 6, 2014

    I think we have already decided that Kay Hagan is already out of there