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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 RodgersOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Republicans in campaign mode for top spots on House environmental committees | Peterson loss prompts scramble for House Agriculture chair Republicans in campaign mode for top spots on House environmental committees Conservatives seize on New York Post story to push Section 230 reform MORE (Wash.), Ted BuddTheodore (Ted) Paul BuddNorth Carolina's Mark Walker expected to announce Senate bid House Dems introduce bill to require masks on planes and in airports Bipartisan bill introduced to require TSA to take temperature checks MORE (N.C.), Steve ChabotSteven (Steve) Joseph ChabotChabot wins tough race in Ohio  Democrats projected to retain House majority Live updates: Democrats seek to extend House advantage MORE (Ohio) and Scott PerryScott Gordon PerryHundreds of Trump supporters protest election results in Pennsylvania The Hill's Morning Report - Fearing defeat, Trump claims 'illegal' ballots Freedom Caucus member Scott Perry wins fifth term in Pennsylvania MORE (Pa.).

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It previously endorsed five GOP Senate incumbents seeking reelection this cycle: Sens. John CornynJohn CornynCornyn says election outcome 'becoming increasingly clear': report Top GOP senator: Biden should be getting intel briefings GOP senator congratulates Biden, says Trump should accept results MORE (Texas), Steve DainesSteven (Steve) David DainesRick Scott tests positive for coronavirus Biden eyes new leadership at troubled public lands agency OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Barrasso to seek top spot on Energy and Natural Resources Committee | Forest Service finalizes rule weakening environmental review of its projects | Biden to enlist Agriculture, Transportation agencies in climate fight MORE (Mont.), Cory GardnerCory GardnerHillicon Valley: Trump fires top federal cybersecurity official, GOP senators push back | Apple to pay 3 million to resolve fight over batteries | Los Angeles Police ban use of third-party facial recognition software Senate passes bill to secure internet-connected devices against cyber vulnerabilities Democrats vent to Schumer over Senate majority failure MORE (Colo.), David Perdue (Ga.) and Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisNorth Carolina — still purple but up for grabs Team Trump offering 'fire hose' of conspiracy Kool-Aid for supporters Loeffler isolating after possible COVID-19 infection 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.