Concord, N.H. – As No Labels hosts its “Problem Solver” convention in New Hampshire today, it’s important to remember that instead of working to get results for New Hampshire’s families and small businesses, Kelly Ayotte tries to solve the Koch Brothers’ problems nearly 90% of the time.
The Koch Brothers’ main political arm, Americans for Prosperity, gives Ayotte an 88% lifetime score (having voted with the Koch Brothers on 55 out of 62 scored votes since going to Washington). Ayotte’s support for the Koch Brothers’ priorities extends to a wide range of issues, including voting in favor of the Koch-backed Ryan budget that would have slashed Pell Grants for New Hampshire students and turned Medicare into a voucher system, while protecting $40 billion in oil tax breaks.
Koch Industries is the fifteenth top contributing donor to Ayotte over her federal career with more than $24k in campaign contributions, and the Kochs’ political operation has already spent more than $1 million this cycle to try to protect Ayotte.
“Kelly Ayotte has worked overtime to solve the Koch Brothers’ problems since going to Washington, but if you don’t happen to be a well-connected Washington lobbyist or special interest then unfortunately you’re out of luck with Ayotte,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley. “It’s deeply concerning that the Koch Brothers brag that Kelly Ayotte votes with their interests nearly 90% of the time, and New Hampshire’s families and small businesses deserve better.”
Kelly Ayotte Had A Lifetime Score Of 88% On The Americans For Prosperity Legislative Scorecard. Ayotte has voted with AFP on 55 out of 62 scored votes since taking office. [Americans for Prosperity, Accessed 10/12/15]
Koch Industries Was The Fifteenth Top Contributing Donor To Ayotte Over Her Federal Career With More Than $24k In Campaign Contributions. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Koch Industries was the fifteenth top contributing donor to Ayotte over her career as a Federal candidate. Koch Industries has contributed $24,100 to her campaigns. [Center for Responsive Politics, Accessed 1012/15]
Aug. 2015: Americans For Prosperity Aired Attack Ad In New Hampshire Which Democrats Said Was An Attempt To Help Ayotte. “The conservative issues group Americans for Prosperity on Monday will begin a more than $1 million, 20-day television advertising buy to criticize Gov. Maggie Hassan… Democrats are calling the ad by the Koch brothers-funded group a ‘completely false’ and ‘dishonest attempt’ by an out-of-state group to ‘meddle in New Hampshire’s budget process’ and help Republican U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte.” [WMUR, 8/6/15]
Ayotte Voted For The AFP-Backed Ryan Budget That Would Protect $40 Billion In Tax Breaks For Oil Companies
Ayotte Voted For FY 2013 Ryan Budget Plan. In May 2012, Ayotte voted in favor of a: “Conrad, D-N.D., motion to proceed to the concurrent resolution that would allow $2.794 trillion in new budget authority for fiscal 2013, not including off-budget accounts.” The motion was rejected 41-48. [CQ,5/16/12; H.Con.Res. 112, Vote 98, 5/16/12]
Ryan Budget Would Protected $40 Billion In Tax Breaks For Oil Companies. “American families have been plagued by higher oil and gasoline prices over the past several years despite a significant increase in domestic oil production and rigs, and decline in consumption. But while high prices threaten the economy and family budgets, they enrich American oil companies with huge profits. Yet it appears that House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) proposed FY 2013 budget resolution would retain a decade’s worth of oil tax breaks worth $40 billion.” [Center for American Progress, 3/20/12]
Americans For Prosperity Called Changing Section 199 As It Relates To Oil Producers An “Attack.” “Americans for Prosperity opposes changing these rules only on the oil and gas industries. Changing these provisions to attack a politically unpopular industry is an inappropriate use of the tax code. Section 199 Domestic Production Activities Deduction provides all qualified domestic manufactures with a 9 percent deduction in their taxable income. The oil and gas industry are already singled out under this rule and are only allowed to use a 6 percent deduction. This rule was put in place to support domestic production and it is ironic that the same people who claim to want to ‘reduce our dependence on foreign oil’ would seek to further isolate oil and gas companies from tax deductions design to support domestic production.” [Energy Tax Policy, Americans For Prosperity]
Americans For Prosperity Supported The FY 2013 Ryan Budget. On Americans for Prosperity’s scorecard for the 112th Congress, the group backed the FY 2013 Ryan budget by urging a yes vote on its passage in the House. [Americans for Prosperity, Accessed 10/12/15]