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Report: Minnesota included in big Americans for Prosperity ad buy

The $23 million ad buy will reportedly cover 11 states, incuding Minnesota.

WASHINGTON — Americans for Prosperity, a conservative group founded by David Koch, has reportedly purchased $23 million in advertising time in 11 states, and Minnesota is among them, according to NBC News.

AFP is backing Mitt Romney’s presidential bid, and while Minnesota is seen by most as a lean-to-likely Obama win, recent polling has suggested a tightening race. Neighbors Iowa and Wisconsin, where the presidential race is regarded as much closer than in Minnesota, are also included in the AFP ad buy, which reportedly will run from Aug. 8 to Sept. 10. 

AFP has spent $17.8 million on television advertising so far this cycle, according to the Washington Post. Nearly $200,000 of that has come in the Minneapolis-St. Paul media market, part of a $600,000 buy criticizing President Obama’s health care law.

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