Koch Super PAC puts $1 million behind new ad attacking Udall

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A new TV ad from a Koch Brothers-backed super PAC features this image of Colorado Sen. Mark Udall golfing with President Obama last year.

DENVER — The Super PAC funded by the Koch Brothers and announced at the June retreat in Southern California that Colorado GOP Senate candidate Cory Gardner attended is coming to the candidate’s aid with a new TV spot attacking Democratic Sen. Mark Udall, FOX31 Denver is first to report.

More importantly, Freedom Partners Action Fund is putting at least $1 million behind the spot, which features images of Udall playing golf with President Barack Obama and a screenshot of the invitation to the June fundraiser Obama held for Udall in Denver which the senator conveniently avoided.

The spot, which hits Udall for voting 99 percent of the time with the president, is also the second ad from a pro-Gardner group to feature the clip of CNN’s Peter Hamby describing Udall’s claim, made in the Sept. 7 Club 20 debate, that he is the “last person” the White House wants to see coming, as “hilariously wrong.”

“His entire campaign strategy to dupe Coloradans into believing that he’s an independent voice who stands up to the White House was recently called ‘hilariously wrong’ by a major national news outlet,” said Freedom Partners Action Fund’s James Davis in a statement.

“The fact is, Sen. Udall votes with President Obama 99 percent of the time, he’s supported Obama’s agenda at nearly every turn, and now he doesn’t want to be held accountable. Even President Obama recently admitted his policies are on the ballot, and we plan to make it clear that a vote for Mark Udall is a vote for President Obama without any checks or balances.”

The spot is similar to those run by the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Crossroads GPS and Gardner’s campaign — all hammering Udall for his almost unwavering support of an increasingly unpopular president.

Udall and Democrats, following a time-tested playbook, have collectively focused in most of their ads on Gardner’s record, specifically his past support for Colorado’s personhood initiative and his ongoing support for the federal Life Begins at Conception Act, which everyone but Gardner agrees mirrors the state ballot measure.

But even after roughly $90 million has been spent on political ads so far this year, the race between Gardner and Udall remains one of the closest in the country, an illustration of just how difficult it is to move the electorate in an era of total over-saturation with political ads.

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