The conservative political group is funded by billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch and has chapters in 30 states. It spends millions on ads supporting conservative issues and attacking liberal candidates. The group is a major Tea Party supporter, the story says.
The Minnesota chapter is so new, it’s not yet listed on the group’s website.
John Cooney will run the Minnesota chapter. He has worked as political director for former U.S. Rep. Jim Ramstad.
The group’s web site says Cooney is “well-equipped to lead the charge fighting to maintain a balanced budget, lower taxes, and increased economic health in Minnesota. AFP is proud to welcome him aboard.”
Cooney said in a statement:
“Minnesota is in desperate need of reforms which was clearly exemplified by our government’s shutdown. Excessive government spending, Governor Dayton’s push to increase taxes among all income levels, and a growing unemployment rate of almost 8 percent are just a few of the major threats to hard working Minnesotans.
“I will work hard to ensure Minnesotans are in-the-know about key issues affecting their family, paycheck, and homes. It is time to bring economic growth and individual prosperity back to the North Star State.”