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“Buying A Voice”: Americans for Prosperity targets Obama

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As the 2012 election heats up, expect to see more and more ominous television ads that accuse President Obama of some very serious things.  Many of them are free to spend as much as they want and say whatever they want.   We think you deserve the right to know who is making these claims

This week look at an ad paid for by the group “Americans for Prosperity” (AFP).

The ad targets a serious scandal facing the White House, the controversy over loans given by the federal government to the solar energy company “Solyndra”. The scandal has made life difficult for the president.

The libertarian leaning “Americans for Prosperity” know it. That is why they are working to make sure you hear about it as often as possible.

It is a slickly produced one minute ad, in which, AFP lays out the case that President Obama and his economic advisers knew that Solyndra was in trouble, but went out of their way to grant them the taxpayer backed loan.

It shows pictures of the president touring the company and singing its praises.

So who are the Americans for Prosperity? They are a 501 c-4 organization, so that means they are not required to release their donor list.

But we know they were created and heavily financed by the libertarian tycoons, David and Charles Koch. But while the Koch’s are at the top the connections in AFP trickle down all the way to Virginia, where the organization has one of its 31 state level branches.

In Virginia their connections are all on the right side of the isle.

Since 2006 they have donated more than $5 thousand to the Virginia Republican Party. They have not contributed anything to Virginia democrats.

Their former state level director was Ben Marchi- once worked for George Allen and was on staff for the National Republican Congressional Committee. Their current director, Trixie Averill, has held positions in the state republican party, and is a well known conservative activist.

All connections with one common thread, they are not supportive of President Obama or his policies.

You can see our report on NBC12.com and below:

*note Ben Marchi’s name is misspelled on the graphic in the piece.. my apologies.

Here is where we got our information:

The Center for Responsive Politics outlines the roots of Americans for Prosperity on OpenSecrets.org.  

Virginia Public Access Projects lists the groups AFP has donated to in Virginia.

Both Ben Marchi and Trixie Averill‘s bios are available on the Virginia AFP web site.


Written by Ryan Nobles

November 16, 2011 at 6:00 pm

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  1. I eagerly look forward to seeing your reports on the voices bought by George Soros.

    James Young

    November 16, 2011 at 10:09 pm

  2. James- Can you point me to an ad funded specifically by Mr. Soros airing in VA?

    We reported last week on an ad that was critical of Congressman Cantor that was funded by Ameicans United for Change, which has recieved funding from Moveon.org.


    We will report on the source of funding of any ad, right, left and in between.

    Ryan Nobles

    November 16, 2011 at 10:14 pm

  3. I’m glad someone is trying to hold this administration accountable for their actions.

    Andrew K.

    November 17, 2011 at 1:39 am

  4. Glad to hear it, Ryan. Must have missed the report on Cantor. Of course, it’s quite curious that you don’t mention Soros at all. He is no less connected to the ad in your report than the Koch brothers are to AFP. The media just mention what Soros is funding less frequently than they mention the Koch brothers, the demons du jour for the far Left.

    As for the “point me to an ad funded specifically….,” you sound a lot like union bosses who piously deny spending “union dues on donations directly to political candidates.” True, within the narrow confines of the limitation “donations directly to political candidates,” and utterly irrelevant to the massive expenditures of union dues for political and ideological activities, including for the kind of direct advertisements now possible under Citizens United.

    James Young

    November 17, 2011 at 11:24 am

  5. Really, I’m not so much interested in who is “buying a voice”, I’m more interested in whether or not the claims are true.


    November 17, 2011 at 12:12 pm

  6. Ryan, why do you categorize it as a “slickly” produced ad? That leads one to think that they are trying to dupe or deceive. Also, “the libertarian tycoons”, sounds like a group of “evil monsters” rather than a group of american citizens that believe this scandal needs to be aired as much as possible. My only request is that you try to be more neutral when reporting the news. We, as your customers, want to hear about the news reported as it is, not news reported with political bias. Gene Cox was able to do this for decades, which is why he was so well respected.


    November 19, 2011 at 12:12 pm

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