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Americans for Prosperity doubles down on Patrick Murphy attack with new mailer



Through a new mail-piece arriving in Floridian voters' mailboxes this week, Americans for Prosperity continues its criticism of Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Patrick Murphy and his "questionable ties" to special interests.

AFP hones in on Murphy's congressional support for the EB-5 visa program -- which has been used, in some cases, to help finance high-profile South Florida projects that have involved Murphy's family construction company and other Murphy campaign donors. (More here.)

The direct-mail campaign echoes a recent TV ad AFP aired on the same topic. The mailer -- which is viewable here -- should reach more than 900,000 Florida households, according to AFP, a national conservative advocacy group, funded by the Koch Brothers.

"The only ‘record’ Murphy has to show for his time in Congress is one of repeatedly using his position for self-gain," AFP-Florida state director Chris Hudson said in a statement. "Floridians deserve a senator who will fight for them, not one who simply views the office as another line on his bloated resume. Americans for Prosperity-Florida is working around the clock to make sure this message is heard loud and clear."

AFP -- and other elements of the Koch brothers' network -- support Republican incumbent Sen. Marco Rubio.

When AFP began this line of attack against Murphy earlier this month, the congressman's campaign spokeswoman Galia Slayen responded by calling the criticism "ironic" because she said Rubio "votes with (the Koch brothers') priorities 98 percent of the time in the U.S. Senate."

[Last modified: Thursday, September 22, 2016 9:44am]


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