Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-NH, right, continues to rack up an impressive war chest that becomes all the more important as she faces Gov. Maggie Hassan, left, in a 2016 showdown.

Oct 20, 2015 9:03 AM

Landrigan: Super PAC icon David Koch hosts Manhattan fundraiser for Ayotte, 3 others

Big money donor David Koch hosted a $10,000-a-plate fundraiser in Manhattan Monday night for four, Republican Senate candidates including Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-NH according to published reports.

Koch’s hometown favorite is August Wolf, a GOP hopeful running against Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-CT, The Connecticut Mirror reported.

But other benefactors of the event were GOP Senators Roy Blunt of Missouri, Jerry Moran of Kansas and Ayotte, the newspaper reported Monday.

Ayotte finished the most recent quarter impressively with more than $5 million in the bank.

David Koch and his brother Charles are best known for initiating the establishment of third-party super PACs that can raise and spend unlimited amounts of money independent of a candidate’s campaign to help or hurt that candidate.

The Koch Brothers have become shorthand by Democratic activists in New Hampshire for excessive spending on attack ads and other expenses on behalf of conservative candidates.

David Koch established the Americans for Prosperity super PAC, and the brothers have said they would spend as much as $300 million of their own money to influence the 2016 elections.

AFP has a very active chapter in New Hampshire.

This dinner Monday night was a traditional fundraiser subject to limits on the amount of money individuals and political action committees can contribute.

Meanwhile, the liberal Emily's List that has already endorsed Gov. Maggie Hassan's Senate bid announced today it is giving Ayotte ``On Notice'' status as a target of the abortion rights group. Allies of Ayotte have aired positive commercials making pitches to women voters on behalf of their candidate.


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