The Koch brothers have a seemingly bottomless pot of cash this election year ó and no one knows it better than Sen. Kay Hagan.
Americans for Prosperity, a group co-founded by the conservative billionaires, has already dropped $8.2 million on TV, radio and digital ads in an effort to defeat the North Carolina Democrat. According to sources tracking media buys, the group has so far spent more in North Carolina than all Democratic outside groups in every Senate race in the country ó combined.
And while AFP wonít predict the amount it will ultimately spend in North Carolina, if the conservative group keeps the same pace, itíll spend more than $27 million by Election Day in the Tar Heel State. Thatís more than twice what any outside group has spent in the past dozen years in North Carolina congressional races.
The staggering figures make North Carolina ground zero in the unprecedented TV war expected to define the 2014 midterm elections. Powerful outside groups like AFP can now raise and spend unlimited money, empowering big donors to single-handedly reshape a race and even determine which party controls the Senate for the final two years of Barack Obamaís presidency.