WASHINGTON — The Americans for Prosperity group launched a multimillion-dollar advertising campaign Tuesday that targets Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., for her support of the Affordable Care Act.
The campaign is aimed at Landrieu and Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., who also is up for reelection next year. The ad says most Louisianians oppose the health care law.
“Instead, she (Landrieu) sided with Barack Obama. Now, we’re paying the price,” the commercial states.
Americans for Prosperity is an Arlington, Va., political advocacy group co-founded by the billionaire Koch brothers — David and Charles — of Koch Industries.
Landrieu declined comment Tuesday on the ad campaign, noting that she had not seen it.
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee was quick to criticize the ads.
“It’s no surprise that the same special interest groups that dictate a reckless and irresponsible Republican agenda have launched desperate and false attack ads in an attempt to prop up their struggling candidates in North Carolina and Louisiana,” DSCC spokesman Justin Barasky said in a prepared statement.
The DSCC also criticized Landrieu’s best-funded opponent, Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-Baton Rouge, for his support of the “Defund Obamacare” movement that became a demand to at least delay the law’s individual mandate.
The DSCC is accusing Cassidy of contributing to the 16-day partial government shutdown that resulted from the defund effort.
Cassidy has blamed Democrats for the shutdown, contending that they refused to negotiate.
The committee pointed to a new Moody’s Analytics report that pointed to the economic effects of the shutdown on a state-by-state basis.
Louisiana was one of the states least affected by the shutdown, according to the report, with a loss of less than 0.3 percent of the state’s gross domestic product.
Still, the DSCC points out that the 0.3 percent could represent a loss of up to $172 million from Louisiana’s economy for 2013. Barasky argued that Cassidy’s “reckless partisanship” cost the state well more than $100 million.