Americans for Prosperity (AFP) Action, the political wing of billionaire mega-donor Charles Koch's network, endorsed vulnerable Sen. Cory GardnerCory GardnerGun control group alleges campaign finance violations in lawsuit against NRA Colorado Supreme Court signs off on new congressional map Colorado remap plan creates new competitive district MORE (R-Colo.) for reelection on Tuesday.
In an op-ed in The Colorado Sun, AFP Action Senior Adviser Jesse Mallory touted Garner's bipartisanship on issues like immigration.
"Faced with a stalemate among Congress, the White House and the federal courts over the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals program that protected undocumented immigrants brought to this country as children, sometimes referred to as 'Dreamers,' Gardner took a substantial political risk," wrote Mallory.
Gardner, the former chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, is a prime target for Democrats, who control every other major statewide office in Colorado.
His stance on immigration is similar to that of former Colorado Rep. Mike CoffmanMichael (Mike) Howard CoffmanColorado remap plan creates new competitive district Colorado governor says he was not exposed to COVID-19 after Aurora mayor tests positive Colorado mayor says he called protesters 'domestic terrorists' out of 'frustration' MORE (R), who lost his seat to Rep. Jason CrowJason CrowHillicon Valley — Facebook shutters its facial recognition system House passes bills to shore up small business cybersecurity The United States must lead the way on artificial intelligence standards MORE (D) in 2018.
AFP Action is a vocal supporter of permanent legal status for Dreamers, particularly through the Libre Initiative, its Hispanic-oriented grass-roots organization.
Gardner has also supported marijuana legalization, criminal justice reform and limitations on presidential tariff authority.
In a memo earlier this month, Americans for Prosperity CEO Emily Seidel said the group was open to endorsing Democrats or independents for the 2020 cycle.
So far, apart from Gardner, AFP Action has endorsed two other GOP senators, John CornynJohn CornynCongress's goal in December: Avoid shutdown and default Mental health: The power of connecting requires the power of investing Senators call for Smithsonian Latino, women's museums to be built on National Mall MORE (Texas) and Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisOvernight Defense & National Security — A new plan to treat Marines 'like human beings' Republicans press Milley over perceived progressive military agenda Gun control group alleges campaign finance violations in lawsuit against NRA MORE (N.C.).