The Koch-aligned nonprofit Freedom Partners is up with a new video Wednesday that stars Bernie SandersBernie SandersDemocrats: Where the hell are You? Sanders on Trump pick: This is how a rigged economy works Trump picks Goldman Sachs chief for top economic adviser: report MORE touting the group's stance on the Export-Import Bank.
"Seventy-five percent of the funds going from the federal government to the Export-Import Bank goes to large, profitable corporations," Sanders said during the CNN debate.
"I don’t think it’s a great idea for the American taxpayer to have to subsidize through corporate welfare profitable corporations," Sanders said.
That quote is bookended by on-screen text that says, "Bernie Sanders is right about the Ex-Im Bank. That's why we oppose corporate welfare across the board."
The ad makes for odd political bedfellows — conservative Freedom Partners is far from a typical ideological partner for the progressive Sanders. But the Ex-Im Bank cuts across ideological lines, uniting moderates in both the Republican and Democratic parties against those further to either side on the ideological spectrum.
Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonSecret CIA assesment: Russia was attempting to assist Trump Joy Behar: Why do I have to be nice about Trump? Poll: Republicans think media ‘intentionally misled the public’ about polling MORE shares the view of the moderates that the bank is an essential way to help promote American businesses abroad. But Sanders disagrees and casts the bank as corporate welfare.
A bloc of House conservatives successfully delayed the reauthorization of the bank last year over similar concerns. But a bipartisan coalition rallied enough support to overcome that opposition.