Voters in Illinois' 10th, 11th, and 14th Congressional Districts can expect activists organized by the right-wing Americans For Prosperity to arrive in their neck of the woods next month, Chicago Magazine's Carol Felsenthal recently noted, with "anti-spending" voter education guides in hand. Backed by the billionaire businessmen Charles and David Koch, Americans For Prosperity promotes libertarian policies, and has been at the fore of attacking Obama Administration positions on climate change, health care and combating the economic downturn, according to a profile of the Koch brothers available in the the latest edition of the New Yorker. The piece describes the brothers' personal philosophy thusly:
The Kochs are longtime libertarians who believe in drastically lower personal and corporate taxes, minimal social services for the needy, and much less oversight of industry—especially environmental regulation. These views dovetail with the brothers’ corporate interests.
Besides the September arrival of Americans For Prosperity activists, the Koch brothers, through their company's political action committee, have raised their profile in Illinois politics of late. For the current election cycle, the Koch Industries PAC has thus far made separate donations of $5,000 to Republican candidates Robert Dold and Adam Kinzinger; $5,000 to Republican Congressman Peter Roskam; $6,000 to Republican Congressman John Shimkus; and $10,000 to U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk, the Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate. The numbers all come from the Center for Responsive Politics.