Americans for Prosperity, the right-wing astroturf operation backed by billionaire Charles Koch, suffered a defeat in South Dakota on Tuesday when 56% of voters approved a constitutional amendment to expand the state’s Medicaid program.
GOP megadonor Richard Uihlein has pumped a previously unreported $1.7 million into a PAC supporting Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson’s reelection bid, according to the latest Federal Election Commission filings reviewed by the Center for Media and Democracy.
As outside groups spend millions of dollars on TV ads in the Wisconsin U.S. Senate race of incumbent Ron Johnson (R) against challenger Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes (D), a super PAC backed by Charles Koch and Koch Industries is relying instead on direct voter contact.
Phillips-Medisize, a subsidiary of the Koch Industries company Molex, has laid off 99 workers at its Hudson, Wisconsin factory, which produces plastic cartridges for JUUL e-cigarettes.
A pro-Johnson super PAC raked in another $3.5M from Diane Hendricks in July, one of two billionaires who reaped tens of millions in savings from a tax loophole Johnson pushed through in 2017.
Michels Corporation, a construction company owned by a GOP gubernatorial primary candidate in Wisconsin, has been fined $160,862 for repeated federal regulatory violations over the past decade.
The June 28 GOP primary for Illinois governor pit candidates against each other who were bankrolled by two of the state’s wealthiest men.
Charles Koch’s main super PAC has already spent over $8 million to support GOP congressional candidates in this year’s elections.
Koch’s Americans for Prosperity suffered a defeat in South Dakota this month when voters soundly rejected imposing a supermajority requirement on future ballot measures—which had been AFP’s strategy for derailing this fall’s vote on expanding Medicaid.
An Illinois Circuit Court judge has rejected the efforts of the right-wing Liberty Justice Center to prevent voters from having their say on a constitutional amendment to protect workers’ rights in November.