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Latest Koch Brothers Trickery: Actress Fakes Testimonial in Anti-Obamacare Ad

Not that false advertising bother the rabidly right-wing billionaire brothers.

Koch Brothers ad fake Alaskan.

Americans for Prosperity, the arch-conservative advocacy group backed largely by the Koch Brothers, released their latest attack ad against Obamacare on Wednesday, criticizing Alaskan Democratic Senator Mark Begich for his support of the Affordable Care Act. 

The commercial in question appears to feature an unidentified Alaskan voter, who complains about the betrayal at the hands of both Begich and Obama, while walking leisurely around her kitchen with a cup of coffee. But Connie Bowman, the woman in the video was interviewed by the New York Times, and she said she's “just an actress,” with a fairly prolific voice-over and commercial career.

And she doesn't live anywhere near Alaska. She lives in Maryland.

“Today’s misleading ad from the Koch brothers is just more evidence that even billions of dollars can’t buy integrity,” Begich spokeswoman Rachel Barinbaum said in a statement. 

The ad comes days after the billionaire brothers announced their $4 million anti-Obamacare advertising campaign, sponsored by the Americans for Prosperity, which plans to target six congressional democrats who supported the Affordable Care Act. Begich is just the first.

Begich, who is currently up for reelection in the red state, described his plans on Tuesday for legislation that calls for creating a new category of insurance plans within Obamacare that would offer citizens lower premiums with higher out-of-pocket costs. 

 

Rod Bastanmehr is a freelance writer in New York City. Follow him on Twitter @rodb.