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CD1/CD2 Watch: New ad target Barber, Kirkpatrick over their support for Obamacare

A new round of ads attacking Reps. Ann Kirkpatrick and Ron Barber over their support for the Affordable Healthcare Act have been posted on Youtube, will television ads in Tucson and Phoenix markets expected to follow.

A new round of ads attacking Reps. Ann Kirkpatrick and Ron Barber over their support for the Affordable Healthcare Act are expected to air later this week.

Daniel Garza, the executive director for The LIBRE Initiative, said his group is expected to spend $700,000 on the series of issue ads focusing on the economic toll Obamacare will have on Hispanic community.

The ads, already posted on Youtube, re-iterate concerns about the cost of the ACA, including access to existing doctors and millions of insurance policies that have been cancelled because they do not conform to new regulations.

The Mission, Texas-based nonprofit has previously spent $1.2 million on ads in the 12 months focusing on immigration issues in 10 states.

Garza said his group is focused on various economic issues facing the U.S. Hispanic community. The 501c4 nonprofit was founded in 2011.

When asked on Wednesday, Garza declined to discuss how his group is funded.

The Libre Initiative Trust has received roughly $3.8 million in the last campaign cycle from TC4 and Freedom Partners, - both affiliated with the Koch brothers, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

D.B. Mitchell, the communications director for Kirkpatrick’s re-election campaign, dismissed the new ads as just a partisan attack from a group with close ties to the Koch brothers.

"While this Koch brothers' Super PAC has dumped six figures into attack ads, Ann has helped tackle the VA backlog, secured funding to mitigate flooding in rural communities and fought for the Violence Against Women Act,” he said.

Rodd McLeod, a spokesperson for the Barber campaign, dismissed the Koch-backed ads.

"Arizona families aren't going to be fooled by two New York billionaires coming here and pretending that they have our best interests at heart, when their real agenda is eliminating of the minimum wage and privatizing Social Security. Shame on the Koch brothers," McLeod said.

Text for the Barber ad:

Why should we pay for this Obamacare mess?

In Arizona, a 27 year-old Hispanic could have their insurance premium more than double.

Why does Ron Barber support ObamaCare?

Families are having their insurance cancelled.

Seniors losing their doctors.

And young people pay more.

Congressman Barber, we deserve better.

Tell Congressman Barber: "Obamacare is NOT working."


Text from the Kirkpatrick ad:

Many Hispanics are concerned about Obamacare.

It was supposed to help, but instead over two million fewer jobs because of Obamacare.

Thousands less in Arizona.

Full time jobs...are becoming part-time jobs.

Families are getting their current plans cancelled.

And seniors are losing their family doctor.

Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick voted for Obamacare.

Tell Ann Kirkpatrick: Obamacare doesn't work.

Contact reporter Joe Ferguson at or 573-4346. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFerguson

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Joe has been with the Star for six years. He covers politics as well as the city of Tucson and other municipalities in Southern Arizona. He graduated from the UA and previously worked for the Arizona Daily Sun.

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