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Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) is takes aim at the conservative Koch brothers in his first television ad, accusing them of running a smear campaign against him and blasting the duo for laying off workers at an Alaska oil refinery.

Begich's attacks come in response to a series of TV ads from Americans for Prosperity, a group largely funded by the Kochs, have run against him.

The ad labels Begich "true Alaskan," a theme his campaign has pushed — both against the Kochs, outsiders in the state, and against his likely GOP opponents, both of whom moved to Alaska as adults.

The Kochs have been spending profusely in Alaska and elsewhere attacking Senate Democrats, combining to spend $30 million already on ads nationwide. They recently ran an ad accusing Begich of backing cap & trade global warming legislation that fact-checkers have deemed misleading. - The Hill, 3/10/14

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“First it was a D.C. actress pretending to be an Alaskan,” says a narrator in the ad, which was shared early with POLITICO. “Now ads attacking Mark Begich on a carbon tax have been called false and not true.”

The ad refers to two previous anti-Begich spots from AFP: the first came under fire for featuring a Maryland actress. The second was panned by PolitiFact and FactCheck as misleading on the issue of whether Begich supported a carbon tax.

The anti-Koch brothers theme is one that national Democrats are pushing as well. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said last week that Republicans have a “Koch problem,” and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee launched a paid advertising effort on the topic as well.

The second half of the ad features Alaskan voters talking about the Kochs — and hitting them for the closure of the Flint Hills Resources Refinery, an Alaska oil refinery owned by Koch Industries.

“They come in to our town, buy our refinery,” one man says, while another follows by saying the company is “just running it into the ground.”

“I don’t go down and tell them what to do; I don’t expect them to come to Alaska and tell us what to do,” one man says.

While this is Begich’s first TV ad, the incumbent Democrat has already released 14 radio ads in the race. The most recent radio ad also focused on the Koch brothers, calling them “outsiders” getting involved where they don’t belong.

The ad is running statewide in the Anchorage and Fairbanks markets, according to the Begich campaign, which declined to disclose the size of the buy. - Politico, 3/10/14

And the ad already has the the Kochs and the AFP on the ropes:

A spokesman for Americans for Prosperity pushed back against Begich.

"Senator Begich has yet to give a coherent answer on why he pushed for a price on greenhouse gas emissions, or voted twice to pave the way for a carbon tax. With Alaskans paying some of the highest energy prices in the country, it would be nice to see Begich be honest and stop trying to distract from his record," AFP Communications Director Levi Russell told CNN.

AFP has spent around $850,000 to run their two TV commercials in Alaska. The group has been the biggest spender to date this election cycle, shelling out nearly $30 million since October to run ads, most of them focused on health care, that attack Democrats and praise Republicans.

Democrats hold a 55-45 majority in the Senate (53 Democrats and two independents who caucus with the party), but are defending 21 of the 36 seats up in November, with half of those Democratic-held seats in red or purple states, like Alaska.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has repeatedly attacked the Koch brothers as being "un-American" and having "no conscience," and he's argued that the "vast majority" of the AFP ads are untrue. - CNN, 3/10/14

Begich is doing the right thing going after the Kochs.  Lets help him keep this ad on the air and keep him in the U.S. Senate.  Click here if you want to donate or get involved with Begich's re-election campaign:

Originally posted to pdc on Mon Mar 10, 2014 at 09:01 AM PDT.

Also republished by Pushing back at the Grand Bargain, Social Security Defenders, and The Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party.

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