Conservative Koch network encourages Congress to certify election for Biden

The political advocacy group backed by the billionaire Charles Koch is encouraging Congress to certify President-elect Joe Biden's Electoral College victory.

The transfer comes as a number of of the network's Republican beneficiaries in Congress plan to object to the outcomes.

"Joe Biden is the president-elect, and we support the process and certification of his election," Lo Isidro, a spokesman for the Koch-backed Americans for Prosperity, mentioned in an announcement.

"Our top priority is building broad support around policies to end the pandemic and put Americans on a path to recover stronger while working against — and providing better alternatives to — destructive policies sold on empty promises that we know won't work," the assertion mentioned.

The assertion comes as different business-friendly organizations, together with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Business Roundtable, pushed again in opposition to a gaggle of GOP senators and House members who say they plan to object to the Electoral College outcomes.

Congress is due to meet Wednesday to transfer forward with the certification.

The network's stance coincides with Koch himself publicly congratulating Biden for his victory. Koch says he's trying ahead to working with the brand new administration. Meanwhile, Americans for Prosperity has supported a number of the lawmakers main the campaign in opposition to the incoming president.

Though the network has supported earlier insurance policies of President Donald Trump's, the group has had a blended relationship along with his administration and was not concerned with the 2020 presidential election.

Data from the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics reveals that AFP Action, the group's tremendous PAC, has supported a number of the Republicans main the decertification effort. They even have beforehand backed lawmakers which have come out in opposition to such a transfer.

In 2020, the group supported Republican David Perdue of Georgia, whose Senate time period expired Sunday, and Republican Sens. Steve Daines, R-Mont., and Roger Marshall, R-Kan. The Koch-backed PAC spent over $20 million supporting them, and all three are in opposition to some type of congressional certification of Biden's win.

Perdue is up for reelection throughout Tuesday's Georgia Senate runoff, and the network is supporting him once more in that race. Perdue and Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., who can be dealing with a runoff problem Tuesday, each help difficult the certification.

In 2018, AFP spent over $2 million on an advert blitz in opposition to then Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo. AFP Action spent a further $700,000 in opposition to the veteran lawmaker. Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., went on to beat McCaskill in that election and was one of many first lawmakers to come out in opposition to certifying Biden's Electoral College win.

AFP Action spent over $3 million backing Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., almost two years in the past. She has mentioned she shall be in opposition to certifying sure electors.

There are additionally some Republicans within the House that noticed help from AFP Action and are transferring forward with attempting to derail the outcomes of the presidential election.

The campaigns of Reps. Scott Franklin, R-Fla.; Byron Donalds, R-Fla., and Ted Budd, R-N.C., obtained a complete of over $550,000 from AFP. All three have mentioned they plan to object to Biden's victory.

based mostly on website supplies www.cnbc.com

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