Super PAC Funded by Swift Boat Donor Launches Attack Against Duckworth
A Super PAC called New Prosperity Foundation began airing television ads today in Illinois’ 8th district attacking Iraq War Veteran and congressional candidate Tammy Duckworth. This is one of the largest Super PAC expenditures to date against a Democrat in Illinois.
New Prosperity Foundation’s largest donors include Sam Fox, who was also a major donor to the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, the group behind the infamous ads attacking John Kerry’s military service in 2004. Incumbent Congressman Joe Walsh recently made controversial remarks about Duckworth’s military service at a town hall, saying “Now I’m running against a woman who, my God, that’s all she talks about. Our true heroes, it’s the last thing in the world they talk about.”
Duckworth offered Walsh a pledge several times at the start of the general election to reject Super PAC support for this election. Walsh declined to sign the pledge. Walsh has also accepted maximum contribution checks from Citizens United and Koch Industries, groups whose Super PACs have spent millions of dollars this cycle.