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Koch Bros' tea-party group goes after Bill Nelson in new ad

Americans for Prosperity, the tea-party group funded in great part by the Koch Brothers (the conservative version of George Soros), have launched a six-state $3 million ad buy that targets Florida Sen. Bill Nelson, among others.

The ad is a standard conservative assault on a Democrat, who's portrayed as a tax-and-spend-happy liberal.

The ad might be disputable toward the end where it suggested that Nelson voted "against American-made energy and the thousands of jobs it creates." If that's a reference to the Keystone XL Pipeline, Nelson did oppose it. But he also supported it, like any good both-sides-of-the-issue Washington pol by favoring legislation that required any Keystone-related oil stay in the United States. Nelson has long been an opponent of Florida offshore oil drilling and that's a clear case of Nelson voting against "American-made energy" -- albeit, it's a generally safe position, especially along the sugar-sand Gulf Coast. Note: Koch Industries is heavily invested in the energy sector.

It's also debateable how "wasteful" the $800 billion stimulus was (see below)***

From the Washington Post on the stimulus:

(U)nder questioning from skeptical Republicans, the director of the nonpartisan (and widely respected) Congressional Budget Office was emphatic about the value of the 2009 stimulus. And, he said, the vast majority of economists agree.

In a survey conducted by the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, 80 percent of economic experts agreed that, because of the stimulus, the U.S. unemployment rate was lower at the end of 2010 than it would have been otherwise.

“Only 4 percent disagreed or strongly disagreed,” CBO Director Douglas Elmendorf told the House Budget Committee. “That,” he added, “is a distinct minority.”

Elmendorf’s testimony came in response to questions from Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.), a member of the tea party caucus. Huelskamp asserted that the stimulus was a failure because it did not keep the jobless rate below 8 percent, as the Obama administration predicted.

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