Koch network could target almost 200 races in 2020, official says

Koch network could target almost 200 races in 2020, official says
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Americans for Prosperity, the political network funded by conservative mega-donor Charles Koch, plans to target nearly 200 federal and state races this year, CNN reported Thursday.

"The people who thought that we may have been backing down from politics are going to be surprised, because the reality is we've been strengthening our capabilities to go bigger than ever before," Emily Seidel, CEO of Americans for Prosperity, told the network.

According to CNN, Americans for Prosperity’s political action committee, AFP Action, will announce its endorsement of four House Republicans on Thursday: Reps. Cathy McMorris RodgersCathy McMorris RodgersHillicon Valley: Trump backs potential Microsoft, TikTok deal, sets September deadline | House Republicans request classified TikTok briefing | Facebook labels manipulated Pelosi video Top House Republicans request classified TikTok briefing More than 100 lawmakers urge IRS to resolve stimulus payment issues MORE (Wash.), Ted BuddTheodore (Ted) Paul BuddHouse Dems introduce bill to require masks on planes and in airports Bipartisan bill introduced to require TSA to take temperature checks How to combat substance abuse during COVID-19 MORE (N.C.), Steve ChabotSteven (Steve) Joseph ChabotHouse Republicans introduce legislation to give states 0 million for elections Bottom line The Hill's Coronavirus Report: GoDaddy CEO Aman Bhutani says DC policymakers need to do more to support ventures and 'solo-preneurs'; Federal unemployment benefits expire as coronavirus deal-making deadlocks MORE (Ohio) and Scott PerryScott Gordon PerryGOP-Trump fractures on masks open up Innovation in veteran posttraumatic care requires collaboration Democrats release bilingual ads on police reform bill MORE (Pa.).

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It previously endorsed five GOP Senate incumbents seeking reelection this cycle: Sens. John CornynJohn CornynThis week: Negotiators hunt for coronavirus deal as August break looms Frustration builds as negotiators struggle to reach COVID-19 deal Chamber of Commerce endorses Ernst for reelection MORE (Texas), Steve DainesSteven (Steve) David Daines300 green groups say Senate has 'moral duty' to reject Trump's public lands nominee Stimulus checks debate now focuses on size, eligibility On The Money: GDP shrinks by record amount in second quarter amid virus lockdowns | Jobless claims rise for second straight week | McConnell tees up fight on unemployment benefits MORE (Mont.), Cory GardnerCory Scott Gardner300 green groups say Senate has 'moral duty' to reject Trump's public lands nominee Obama announces first wave of 2020 endorsements On The Trail: The first signs of a post-Trump GOP MORE (Colo.), David Perdue (Ga.) and Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisObama announces first wave of 2020 endorsements On The Trail: The first signs of a post-Trump GOP Chamber of Commerce endorses Ernst for reelection MORE (N.C.).

AFP Action supported 64 races in the 2018 midterms and 38 races in 2019, CNN noted.

The network has typically rallied behind issue-based campaigns. Last year, it appeared to seek bipartisanship by supporting a bill that would give legal status to undocumented farm workers and backing some Democrats for state elections.