Group With Ties to Koch Brothers Promotes Marijuana Candidate

A candidate in the North Carolina U.S. Senate race is getting some help from an unlikely source: A conservative group with past ties to the right-wing billionaire Koch brothers.

In what appears to be an effort to siphon votes from the Democratic incumbent, an organization called the American Future Fund (AFF) has spent almost a quarter of a million dollars on an ad campaign to promote a third-party candidate – Libertarian Sean Haugh – with the slogan “More weed, less war.”

The goal is to get younger voters to cast ballots in favor of Haugh instead of Democrat Kay Hagan, who is trying to fight off Republican challenger Thom Tillis. Haugh is running on a pro-marijuana platform, while Hagan is opposed to marijuana legalization and Tillis has not taken a stand on the issue.

During the 2012 election cycle, two organizations backed financially by Charles and David Koch reportedly contributed 92% of AFF’s funding.

One of those organizations – Freedom Partners – said it isn’t funding AFF now and had nothing to do with the ad campaign. AFF, however, isn’t required to disclose its donors, so where it gets the money for the Haugh ad campaign may never come to light.

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2 comments on “Group With Ties to Koch Brothers Promotes Marijuana Candidate
  1. Eric Layland on

    It’s sad that our political system has deteriorated to such lows. He/she with the largest war chest and shouts the loudest gets more exposure even if they are a puppet of others. Unfortunately voters rarely do the requisite research into candidates anymore.

  2. Neil on

    It appears to be a politician strategy to “divide and conquer”. However in this case, democrats that typically have had a more liberal view of cannabis may be displaced because of, in this case, a negative position on it. Sad state of affairs where those who want to represent us are blinded by reefer madness.

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