Koch-backed group expands ad campaign on tax reform

Koch-backed group expands ad campaign on tax reform
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Americans for Prosperity (AFP) on Tuesday announced that it is expanding its six-figure ad campaign on tax reform to target senators in addition to members of the House.

The group, which is tied to the wealthy GOP donors Charles and David Koch, launched ads earlier this month that are focused on members of the House Ways and Means Committee. Now, AFP said it is launching digital ads urging senators to "fix our broken tax code."

The ads will target about 10 senators, including Democrats Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillDemocrats turn on Al Franken Trump rips Dems a day ahead of key White House meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (Mo.), Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownThe Hill's 12:30 Report Avalanche of Democratic senators say Franken should resign Overnight Regulation: Feds push to clarify regs on bump stocks | Interior wants Trump to shrink two more monuments | Navajo Nation sues over monument rollback | FCC won't delay net neutrality vote | Senate panel approves bill easing Dodd-Frank rules MORE (Ohio) and Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonOvernight Health Care: Ryan's office warns he wasn't part of ObamaCare deal | House conservatives push for mandate repeal in final tax bill | Dem wants probe into CVS-Aetna merger Ryan's office warning he wasn't part of deal on ObamaCare: source Overnight Health Care: Funding bill could provide help for children's health program | Questions for CVS-Aetna deal | Collins doubles funding ask for ObamaCare bill MORE (Fla.). All three serve on the tax-writing Senate Finance Committee and are up for re-election in 2018 in states that President Trump won.

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AFP and other groups in the Koch network are calling on lawmakers to pass tax-reform legislation that follows five principles: simplicity, efficiency, equitability, predictability and no new burdens on taxpayers. They oppose the border adjustment tax proposal in the House Republicans' tax plan.

The Koch network has committed to spending at least seven figures on its campaign to get lawmakers to back its tax-reform principles.

“We’re determined to make sure tax reform is on top of Congress’ priority list," AFP President Tim Phillips said in a statement. "Broad, pro-growth tax reform is possible this year, but it will require champions in both the House and the Senate rallying around a set of fundamental principles — making the tax code fairer and simpler for all. We’ll continue to invest and mobilize our grassroots infrastructure to show lawmakers the support that’s out there for these principles."