After spending $20 million to push the tax-code overhaul through Congress, the influential Koch network is planning to spend up to another $20 million to educate the public about the benefits of the new law, network officials announced Saturday.
The network views the education campaign, which will launch in February, as key to holding the Republican congressional majorities in the 2018 midterm elections.
“We’re all in,” said Tim Phillips, president of Americans for Prosperity, the main political arm of the network led by billionaire industrialist Charles Koch. “We know the challenges out there, at the state and federal level. . . . We’re all in to try to protect those in what we know is going to be a challenging year.”
The network reiterated its plan to spend between $300 million and $400 million on politics and policy efforts during the 2018 election cycle, a total that includes the new $20 million education effort. Officials said total spending will be in the high end of that range.
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