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Commentary: Koch Brothers group puts less than $100 behind pro-Heidi Heitkamp ad on Facebook

Senator Heidi Heitkamp at Cirrus Aircrafts' celebration in Grand Forks, N.D. (Jesse Trelstad/Grand Forks Herald)

Last week Americans for Prosperity, a right-of-center group founded and funded by the Koch brothers, made waves when they announced a digital ad complimenting Democratic Senate incumbent Heidi Heitkamp for her vote in favor of bank deregulation.

Heitkamp and other left wing politicians typically use the Koch brothers as sort of boogey men to motivate their base, raise money, etc. So the Koch brothers praising a Democrat who typically vilifies them was odd, to say the least.

But how much of AFP’s motivation for their decision vis-à-vis Heitkamp was a desire to create a political man-bites-dog story for the press to lap up?

We may have a clue thanks to Facebook’s new transparency efforts for political advertising. You can search the political ads running on Facebook here. According to that database, the folks at AFP put just $100 behind their ad praising Heitkamp which began running on June 1:

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